After lunch and browsing the aisles at my favorite garden nursery, Molbak’s, my husband and I decided to take in a movie at the iPic Theatre. Yes. The same one where the seats recline and cocktails are served. We opted for the normal seats this time, not wanting to doze off, even for a few minutes, as we did when we saw Men In Black 3.
Scanning my cell phone for movies at nearby theatres, the only one of interest starred Steve Carrell and Keira Knightley. He’s funny; she’s a beauty. The title seemed to spell…light entertainment, Seeking to Find a Friend for the End of the World. My favorite movies are ones that make me laugh. If there’s romance, all the better. Hubby’s okay with chic flicks…now and then. Especially since I’ll go with him to action films…now and then.
Neither of us was prepared for what we saw.
Dodge, Carrell’s character, is abandoned by his wife at a stoplight when the radio announcer reminds listeners that the apocalypse is bearing down upon them in the form of an asteroid. Apparently she’d been having an affair and decided to end her days with her lover, rather than with her husband.
Penny, Knightley’s character, is distraught that she’ll never see her family in England again. She regrets having wasted her life with loser boyfriends.
When friends and strangers alike seem hell bent on re-enacting Sodom and Gommorah, the twin sin cities from the Bible, Dodge and Penny flee the scene. He promises to help her get home to her family; she returns the favor offering to help him find his first true love, a high school sweetheart who writes him a letter of regret for having dumped him way back when.
I won’t give away the whole story in the hopes that you might go see the movie yourselves. The twists and turns are unexpected, oft times funny, sometimes touching.
The bottom line? Given a short time to live before the destruction of the world as we know it…how would you want to spend those last days? Would you want to wear everything of value like one character who donned her fur coat, diamond tiara, bracelets and necklaces, and attempted to seduce Dodge? Or as another character did, would you screw every woman you could…just because? Or like a third character, would you hire a hit man to help you commit suicide.
While the images above seem bizarre, you have to wonder what it would really feel like to face armageddon, the final apocalyptic battle between good and evil? According to the Mayan calendar, isn’t that suppose to occur on December 21, 2012?
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World made me think…and wonder…and decide…what’s really important to me. But is that how I’ll feel when and if, the end comes for all mankind? Can I be as certain of myself when times are good…as when times are horrific?
…what about you?…
You offer a thoughtful commentary on the movie, hugmamma. I would hope that I would continue to cherish those who love me and who I love. No one knows when the end times will come. Why would knowing for sure change how you react to things?
The film brought that question into focus. Knowing when the end is, do you throw out the past and try to do and have everything you couldn’t before? There were those characters. Or do you slow down and reflect upon what one thing you cannot live without when all is said and done.
I think you and I know what we would do. But when the switch is pulled…do we have the courage and the wherewithall not to panic and act out of fear. The unknown…are we equal to it…or will it overwhelm?
We never will know for sure how we’ll act until we’re in that situation. Some might decide to clean up their act … and, like you say, others might decide to go hog wild because they think tomorrow will never come.
Good question. I don’t think any of us can honestly answer the question. If each one is trying to save himself…….
Don’t think I want to dwell on it too much. 😦
I might not have selected the film had I known it wasn’t light entertainment. As it turned out I’m glad I did. The actors were wonderful and the subject matter was dealt with in a positive way. The oucome is sweet…albeit bittersweet. Nonetheless it made me grateful for life…and the time I’ve left to focus upon making only meaningful memories.