Well, it's been 15 minutes since the movie ended and I can not speak.
Literally, my throat is closed.
The writer(s), director(s), and actors all reached new territories I
I had no idea what the movie was about before watching it. The opening
scene is breathtaking, however, diving into these peoples lives is
What a surprise - WHAT a surprise, no - not any scene in the movie, the
The STRANGEST thing that happened to me watching this movie was I said
to my wife about 1/2 way through when I started wondering where it's
going, how things might turn out - I go "well honey, I just hope it
doesn't turn out to be a Blair Witch" - no kidding, she looks up the
actors and finds out one of the main actors? was from... Blair Witch.
I mean WHAT ARE THE ODDS?
I think the movie pivots around Joey and Chad in so many ways.
However, there IS a scene with Saul and Chad - when Saul goes "You tell
ME what it's about" heads interlocked, I found genuinely moving.
random fact my wife looked up - Joey's REAL father in life ? IS Saul -
he real father in this movie (no worry, that's not a spoiler, just an
overlap from real life to this movie).
I really do have to despise 'provider dad' but not to the point I will
let his character interfere with his future endeavors - I look forward
to more offerings from everyone in this movie.
I will be watching it again, likely in a year or two or three just to
revisit some of the delicate messages our Messiah Chad brings forth
(again, that's no spoiler, I just chose to enshrine Chad in role of
Messiah here - something unworldly about him - in a very good way).
I STILL can't talk - it feels like I have a baseball in my throat.
Do watch this when you have time to not think about a care in the
world- no kidding, you will find EVERY care in the world by the time
you are done. That way it will have full impact on you.
I could say this movie placed Chad in a complex Messiah like role,
however, I could also say this movie is a coming of age story...
HOWEVER, I must be clear, it is a coming of age movie for anyone who
I just wonder if Blair Witch guy hooks up with the Jeweler and does
Saul hook up with - oh wait - nope - that's not gonna happen now is it
- or ghost man leaves 'not gonna be that mans vessel' woman.
I said to my wife is that Reese? Witherspoon, she goes no - remember
Ratrace and I kept referring to her as my 5 bucks back lady.
Names are not important to me - I respect every actor in this movie,
this kind of movie comes along RARELY.
I could only wish it was 3 hours long, instead of nearly 2, sure would
have beat that Hobbit escapism trash that ran 3 hours, and how much of
Sam and Bilbo can you really take with that pesky golemn.
By the way- FAVORITE scene in this movie for me is 4th of July parade -
Chad lets himself join this world in entirety for a few moments, and
then - that damned bird shows up in the sky to take him back- high
above - far away - far FAR away where he always was - looking down.
Indeed Chad brings a strong Messiah element here.
WATCH THIS MOVIE. heh. Be touched. Chad would want you to ! :)
I could only suggest one improvement to this movie- similar to Jerzy
Kosinski's 'Being There' - in the movie vs the book ? One of the two
has 'Chance' end scene - WALKING on the water, EASILY the Messiah
element - or otherwordly element is there. I could only wish that as
all watched from shore - Chad would have gotten up and walked on the
No real spoiler there, but I HAD to include that because it would have
taken me over the top had it been in there.
One MORE tidbit - just watched an interview with Johnny Redwood Tree -
she said her parents wrote her a part INTO this movie - has to be a
very unique family experience there heh. "My parents are taking me to
get the roller-coaster park this summer - what are you parents doing?
oh? My parents are making a movie and they put me in it" heh... Too
much in a good way.