"THAT'S WHAT WE STORYTELLERS DO. WE RESTORE ORDER WITH IMAGINATION. WE INSTILL HOPE AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN."
- Walt Disney (Tom Hanks), Saving Mr Banks (2013)
there's something magic that happens whenever i watch a movie these days. i'm reminded of my resolve, and my own quest for storytelling.
over the past two weeks while writing about death note and frozen.. i realised something.. and i found a little light in the otherwise dark, shadowy life that i've been living. when looking over the posts i've made over the past half a year or so.. they're adorned with analysis and finding the heart and core of films that i find to work to their purpose. nowadays i want to watch movies more regularly because i am eager to learn through them, and this movie was no different.
if there was anything i got out of seeing "mr banks" today, it's this one line.. that i realised immediately when the line was recited, that is something that rings true, especially for me.. and a quote that i have to remember. because that's what movies do, i find.. they get their message across, and people come out feeling better about the world than when they came in.
and i guess.. that's when a movie has heart.
of course not all films are made for the purpose of having heart. others are made to have substance; to provoke gravity.. and if they achieve this, then the film is a success.
soon i will watch death note part 2, and rewatch the prestige and the dark knight (my two favourite movies of all time next to batman begins) to compare them to death note. and i wanna rewatch frozen :P rewatching song clips makes me want to watch it again.
i was challenged today.. challenged because disney and travers in the film compared their beloved mickey and poppins to each other.. meanwhile what characters do i have that i hold to my heart like family.. thus far the greatest ideas i have are just remakes.. do i make a character? i don't feel like i have what it takes.. i don't feel great enough.
and yet.. at the same time, i see that other people are passionate about other things: some people are truly inspired by music. and in all honesty, as much as i appreciate beautiful music, i would not be as moved or inspired as they would be if they heard something that they found something within that nobody else could. when considering it like this.. i realised that perhaps this is the right path. because i constantly doubt myself lately, and bicker thinking angrily that the world and destiny has things in store for us that we don't know.. i'm terrified that my destiny is somewhere other than where i want to be now.. and that somehow in the future i will be okay with accepting it.
then i guess it's good to finish here with another quote i found just now while scrolling through facebook:
"HOW DOES ONE BECOME A BUTTERFLY?"
"YOU MUST WANT TO FLY SO MUCH THAT YOU ARE WILLING TO GIVE UP BEING A CATERPILLAR."