Some films and and books are purely a source of entertainment and relaxation, but they are even better for me when I can actually learn something new from them or get a different perspective.
There are so many times when I’ve watched a film and thought that I’ve just wasted two hours of my life, when I could have been doing something productive.
However recently I watched a film that did make me think. It was Melancholia by Danish director Lars von Trier, which stars Kirsten Dunst and Charlotte Gainsbourg. Melancholia was about the end of the world, when a rogue planet Melancholia would hit the earth and the world would end. It’s about two sisters, one who is in depression Justine (Kirsten Dunst) and one who is taking care of her Claire (Charlotte Gainsbourg). The depressed sister remained calm at the thought of the impending collision, while the healthy sister panicked. In the film Claire has a child whom she wants to protect and Justine builds a ‘magic cave’ out of sticks for them to all sit in as the planet hits the earth and they are incarcerated. Justine and the little boy close their eyes and remain calm as this happens, whereas Claire is distraught throughout.
The end of the world as we know it scenario, made me think about, mainly how insignificant we all are compared to the universe and how insignificant our daily worries and concerns are in the grand scheme of things. The whole vision just makes you want to go quit your job and do crazy things so you can engage in something meaningful instead of day – to – day routines. However, when faced with reality this can be difficult. This is why it is a good idea as David Cain suggests to always have a goal, one big thing on the horizon planned to look forward to and to break up our daily routines and another reason to have a ‘Bucket list’ of things that you want to do and achieve in the future. That way you will always be thinking for example, yes today is just another day, but in the summer I’m going to be in Australia.
Do you have a film that made you think recently, or any favourite films in general? What’s your next big thing on your horizon?