I liked this movie so much, I had to do Say It Like the Peanut Butter twice!
I’ll get the ball rolling by being honest: this movie made me cry. I teared up several times, and I thought I was gonna make it – nope.
When Viggo Mortensen kicked the bucket, so did my emotions. This movie threw the most horrible dilemmas and scenarios at you, mainly featuring the fight for survival and the struggle to keep the will to live (and to be one of the good guys as you did it – “carry the fire,” as they say in the movie).
I chose to GIF the scene where the father finds a Coke, he gives it to his boy, and the boy makes him take a share. This scene is masterful. There’s the symbol of the gift between them – the father without hesitation gives up the whole drink to the boy, and even refuses when his son offers the first time. The exchange of that item, so commonplace in our world, serves a symbol of the bond of sacrifice between the father and the boy. The expressions on their faces say it all – they’re lit up with affection and happiness. Truly, amazing performance.
I chose this scene because it was the first to make me smile, and everything else about the scene, from the cinematography to the critical moment it added to the story, slapped me in the face and was like “that’s your GIF, buddy.”
Coca-cola must be happy about this one… I wonder who paid who?
This was an interesting piece – a movie made almost entirely of images. I felt this helped blur our understanding of whether he was dreaming, or really in the past/future. It made things as I believe he experienced them. It also made things as they are in some dreams: no transitions, but everything in that frame makes sense in relation to the context that image provides.
The narration also paired nicely with the style. Everything seemed matter-of-fact, and the still images had to be narrated, like an illustrated audio book or something.
The idea behind the plot was interesting, but I think well-executed video would convey emotion more. Then again, perhaps the idea was to stave off emotion – after all, he was dead the whole time (shout out to the plot twist at the end).
I think these two selections juxtapose quite well. With The Road, there is a struggle for survival, and a constant freedom, thus there is a constant wave of emotion. With La Jetée, the protagonist has the means of survival, but none of the freedom, thus a lack of emotion.
In either, it depicts a world living in the shadow of an apocalypse. Just another reminder how fragile life and society are, and a glimpse of how dire the consequences can be if the world ends, by our hands or not.