Every Saturday night, HBO airs it's 'movie of the week'. It's typically a new release - something that's been out of theaters about a month or two. I typically just set my DVR to record the new movie every week, regardless of what it is.
This week's offering was Chris Rock's "I Think I Love My Wife." I remember when this movie came out about 6 months ago - and I can recall thinking that this was another in a long line of 'black' comedies - i.e. 'Who's Your Caddy', 'Norbit', etc. The kind of movie that you expect to see in an uproarious theater of African Americans....laughing at jokes and colloquialisms that you don't quite get.
Fast forward to late Saturday night, and I was in a foul mood - for reasons I can't quite explain. This happens about once every 3 months or so - I call it Male PMS. But, I digress. Anywho, I decided to throw on I Think I Love My Wife, and found it really good. Maybe it was the 5 or 6 Captain Morgans...or maybe just good-hearted soul food.
I find the most intriguing social and psychological dynamics are those having to do with choice, infidelity, consequence, and fate. Not for any personal feelings of guilt or remorse, but these choices are so hightened and piqued - it just brings about really interesting raw emotions. I frequently site 'Vanilla Sky' as one of my favorite movies of the last decade. I think I liked 'Wife' because it plays in many of the same themes....the consequences of your choices.
One of the most empowering emotions a man can conquer is overcoming his own desires. When two people admit they're attracted to each other - they're no longer in control. The relationship has to play itself out. We're all faced with temptation every day...not just with good looking women (or men), but with career choices, breaking the speed limit, pepperoni or sausage. How do these seemingly small decisions in life impact the greater symphony? Stuff like that fascinates me.
Long story short - this was a movie I'd mock people at Blockbuster for renting, and never would have picked up for myself. But after a late-night viewing, I gotta say it's pretty solid. Chris Rock for the first time plays a serious role that really highlights his talents beyond just dick and pussy jokes. And anytime a movie makes me really think - or drives me to write a 9 paragraph blog post...it can't be all that bad. Maybe check it out.
The quote of the movie:
"You know, some people say life is short and that you could get hit by a bus at any moment and that you have to live each day like it's your last. Bullshit. Life is long. You're probably not gonna get hit by a bus. And you're gonna have to live with the choices you make for the next fifty years. "
I used to review movies for fun; maybe I should dabble again. Maybe I should just go to bed and shutup.