Lately I have become aware of the priceless nature of finding the hidden story. Lurking out there are stories that someone should be reading, and movies we should be watching because you will walk away feeling happy, enriched, and perhaps even appreciating life a little bit more.
This week, I have encountered two such movies. The first was "We Bought a Zoo." My guess is that the people putting the clips together to advertise on television latched on to exactly two plot points:
1) There is a cute little girl.
2) There are zoo animals.
Cute girl + zoo animals = schmaltzy kids movie.
WRONG. So wrong.
These are NOT the point of the movie. If I were to give a fair summary, I would say this movie is about reinventing yourself after tragedy. It is about family. It is about determination. It is about hope. It is not about cute kids and parading animals.
Love and determination I believe are themes that we can't dismiss.
And not Hollywood love, either, but demonstrations of loyalty, courage, and generosity.
Which brings me to my second undervalued movie this week, which is "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel".
However, we've seen with successful television shows like "Harry's Law" that unless it appeals to an audience of 18-49, you don't exist. Nevermind the fact that baby boomers are over 49 and assuredly financially strapped...so are 18-49 year olds. We're all a little more cash poor than we were a few years ago. Money is money.
I really believe that were this film marketed more and better it would have appealed to a wider audience, much like "We Bought a Zoo." And much like the other movie, theater patrons would have been treated to solid acting, interesting dramatic plot, and a definite feeling of warmth and goodness to carry with you.
Truly there is value in film, much like literature, that leaves its mark on you for days and years afterwards.
Shouldn't we all be striving to take in films that enrich our lives?