(This article was written by mid-March)
The past weekend, Starz on Direct TV had a free preview. I took a break from my books on research, social theory, and global issues. I needed some fresh air, honestly. My mind was exhausted and I relaxed with two amazing films: Midnight in Paris and Jumping the Broom.
Jumping the Broom starring Paula Patton and Laz Alonso
The film is about the wedding of a young couple from different social status; however, the story is not a cliché as some might be judging now. The story centers the drama of Jason Taylor’s (Laz Alonso) mother, Pam (Loretta Levine). She works at the postal service and raised her child practically alone, but she has a bad temper. She reminded me of my grandmother in the aspect that she loved her son, yet she misunderstand love is not control. This equation fails because the consequences are not immediate; however, they arrive when it has been bottled long enough.
As for Sabrina Watson (Paula Patton) and Jason’s wife-to-be, her family is the definition of bourgeoise because they have it all. Yet, wealth does not define happiness because Sabrina is a kind girl that believes in the union of family. Sabrina does not really know her family too well when her parents have been hidding an important secret which is the climax of the film.
I really do not want to go any further because it is a good film that is worth to be rented or purchased. Hence, I am not spoiling this film at all. The final notes I will state is that the movie holds a historical value of jumping the broom. Jumping the broom symbolized in a symbolic legalization of marriage because at the time when slavery occurred they were not allowed to marry 😦
Midnight in Paris Starring Owen Wilson
Woddy Allen created a contemporary masterpiece. It is a unique perpesctive from the amazing mind of Allen imagining the lives of many famous artists from several periods in history. Yet, it is not going to back completely in time because the story starts with a screenwriter called Gil Pender (Owen Wilson). Gil is about to marry Inez (Rachel McAdams). In their stay in Paris, Gil finds himself in love with the city and planning to live there, but Inez wants to stay in Malibu. Then Gil’s friend, Paul arrives to acompany the couple.
Later, the film starts the creative twist that I did not expect to happen at all. Gil is a bit drunk and then walking alone in the streets of Paris. Then a 1920’s car stops to pick him up. The car stops at a classical 1920’s bar where only the greatest artists could be under the same roof. Gil meets Cole Porter (Yves Heck), Alice B. Toklas (Thérèse Bourou-Rubinsztein), Zelda (Alison Pill), Josephine Baker, F. Scott Fitzgerald (Tom Hiddleston), and the best character of the film, Ernest Hemingway (Corey Stoll). Hemingway’s character is blunt and sincere about reading about other authors. My favorite quote was from Ernest Hemingway.
If it’s bad, I’ll hate it. If it’s good, then I’ll be envious and hate it even more. You don’t want the opinion of another writer. –Ernest Hemingway in Midnight in Paris: Written and Directed by Woody Allen
The film is in between Gil’s trip into the past and the present. While he has fun meeting famous figures like Picasso among others, but also his relationship with Inez is falling apart…I truly recommend to buy or rent this film because it is simply brilliant. One of the best films of 2011.
Both films are excellent to watch over the weekend when there’s nothing else to watch. They are pleasing and unexpected. Truly what films should be about.
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