I read the back cover of the movie I just watched and the guy from Newsweek suggested 'Three Kings' was "A remarkable movie. Strikingly original, blisteringly funny."
I can see the originality. It wasn't your average good guy gets to shoot at the bad guys with virtually no risk kind of movie, that's for sure. It was gut wrenchingly real. But I don't get the "blisteringly funny" bit. Maybe he was thinking that the dialogue between the main characters was very believable, and some of that was funny, but not 'laugh out loud' funny.
The guy from the Daily Telegraph called it "...essentially an action flick, yet with intellect, integrity and heart oozing from every open wound." That review comes a lot closer to the movie I saw. Now I'll have a shot (pun intended) at a review:
For me it was the dissonance thing again. Everybody's story made sense from their own perspective, though most of the characters appeared to have regular moments of internal conflict about what they were doing. I felt pain in all directions. It was pretty graphically obvious that lives had been ripped apart, and that the main purpose for the war (returning sovereignty to Kuwait) was lost on most of the victims of the war, and they just wanted to get back to some sense of simple ordinary everyday life.
Clooney's character at a pivotal moment asks the other 'Kings' about the most important thing in life. One responds with "respect", another "love", a third "God's will" Gates (Clooney) says:" Necessity... people do what is most necessary to them at any given moment."
So what's necessary, I'm asking myself? For me it's some sense of purpose, and though it may be simple enough it's not always that easy. I spent today doing three things that ended up being the same thing. That was, watching (and sometimes involved) with three kids doing three things that they were very passionate about.
- The first little pig built a mansion out of driftwood. The building was the main event, we ran out of time to sit for too long in the mansion once built 'cause we had to go find food.
- The second little pig just wanted to be noticed and tell some stories of the turns he'd done on some huge waves (I saw the first - it was huge, probably an 8-10 foot face on the wave).
- The third little piggy wanted his event recorded. So I sat on a big sand bank and did my best to get some footage of some pretty impressive left hand wave stunts.
The things on my to do list that I went to bed last night thinking were necessary to complete, didn't even get started. I'm not too distressed 'cause it seems my major purpose is to notice the three. It's a full time mission. Once again each of them taught me subtle things that I was not prepared for. The main one being; 'stay immersed in the moment' and then if it was good, replay it second by second in your mind and describe it to someone who cares.
I was lucky enough to be the valued audience. It took a bit of deliberate refocusing to value driftwood and other action replays, but I reckon getting my bedroom tidied and insisting on the three little P's doing there's was probably less necessary than what we actually did. So I'm happy at the end of the day to agree with Archie Gates. We did exactly what was necessary at every moment today (with a few minor winges about who had done more cleaning up after dinner, even then the necessary project management happened among the crew without too much bloodshed).
So back to the Kings. Their story was similar. The original mission was to get some gold to enhance their own personal and family missions. They got the gold, but ended up following what was necessary at each moment and in the end gave it away to help a whole bunch of people to freedom. A torturous tale well told
Duck still pondering purpose