Date day was with my son for Mother’s Day. He took me to this movie and to lunch (Mexican, what else!)
I wanted to see The Soloist because I am a fan of actors Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey Jr. Sometimes I just see a movie because I want to watch the actors perform. This movie was quiet and slow. The music was mesmerizing. The actors in my opinion were exceptional. The ending was very touching. Cry-o-meter, for me, ~ a seven (7). This movie is based on a true story and chronicles Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez and homeless schizophrenic Nathaniel Ayers, who was once a musical prodigy. The two form an unlikely friendship in which Lopez feels compelled to fix Nathaniel’s circumstances. In the end both must accept the limitations of such a fragile relationship.~~~~~~~~~~~
Greater Los Angeles area alone, there are 90,000 homeless people. Homeless due to all kinds of unfortunate circumstances ~ it is beyond my comprehension.
We all have ups and downs in our lives, but we must admit, we virtually live in a bubble. There is so much that goes on around us that we are unaware of or choose not to look at. It is painful, so why would we want to introduce unnecessary pain into our lives on a daily basis? Homelessness, poverty, abuse, starvation, war, murder, abduction, mental illness, cancer, degenerative disease and aging. The list goes on and on. And here we sit, pounding away on our laptops with our pretty things around us, our fancy cameras, vacations on our minds, food in our cupboards, recipes and pretty decorated cupcakes to share, healthy & happy children. The list goes on and on.
It is ok to have the happiness and beauty in our lives that we are so fortunate to have. It is not ok to turn away from the sadness and ugliness in the world and not look it in the eye because it is too painful for us.
Each and everyone of us can or will be there one day. A loss of a job, an illness, a disease, divorce, death of a spouse ~ any one of those things can turn our life upside down. If we just remember that, and always offer a smile, a touch, a look directly in the eye of someone who is in need of a connection or validity that they may have been us at one time, or could have been us. That is the least we can do. This is what I took away from the film. It wasn’t depressing, it was touching and eye-opening.
Little tidbit about the actors:
Jamie Foxx (more info here)