Kim’s Entertainment Blog

July 12, 2009

My Sister’s Keeper

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Initially I resisted going to see this movie.  It’s based on a novel by the same name written by Jodi Picoult.  My Sister’s Keeper was actually the first Jodi Picoult novel I read, and as such, I had very high expectations for this movie!  So high, in fact, that when I read that the ending of the movie was different than the book’s ending, I was pretty upset!  That, combined with the fact that I was having trouble buying Cameron Diaz playing the role of mom-of-three Sara Fitzgerald, and I was just about ready to add this movie to my “maybe I’ll rent it one day” list.  I decided last night that maybe I’d give it a try after all since I’d heard good things about Cameron Diaz, and I was . . . pleasantly surprised!

Don’t get me wrong, I am still mad that the ending of the story was changed, and as with most books-turned-into-movies, the book was way better, but the movie did a credible job of telling the story of the Fitzgerald family and their struggles to keep their oldest daughter, Kate Fitzgerald, alive.  I don’t want to say too much in case there are people reading this who want to see the movie, but I honestly did think that Cameron Diaz did a good job playing the role of the mom who doesn’t want to give up on her child.  Jason Patric was good as the dad, but his role in the movie is definitely a lot smaller than his role in the book. 

I think what I liked best about the movie is that they didn’t shy away from showing how sick Kate was.  When she’s in the hospital, she doesn’t look “pretty sick” as though she just had a mild fever but was still ready for her close-up, she looks terrible!  She looks like someone who is actually dying.  I thought that was cool.

I would recommend this movie to anyone who enjoys watching tear-jerkers and fans of Cameron Diaz!

June 16, 2009

How fitting that today is Tuesday

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A couple of days ago, a friend of mine from work loaned me the book Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom.  She loves the book and thought I would enjoy it too.  I just finished reading it and felt compelled to get a few of my thoughts written down.

First, a brief synopsis for those not familiar with the story (which has been made into this movie).  The story centers around the life lessons taught to the author by his former university professor, Morrie Schwartz.  Morrie is dying of ALS, and each week, on Tuesdays, Mitch visits him at his home.  In the conversations the men have, lessons are taught about life, death, and love, amongst other things.  It is a true story.

Before I was given the book to read, another guy in the office read the book.  When he returned it, he said he enjoyed it but it also made him sad because people haven’t really changed.  Since I hadn’t started reading the book yet, I wasn’t really sure what he meant.  Now that I’ve finished the story, I have a slightly different point of view. 

I think as a whole, humankind is really falling behind in the quest for the “meaning” of life.  Waaaayyyy too much time, attention and care are placed on work and beauty and getting ahead.  The world would truly be a better place if, as a species, we all spent a little more time living in the moment and enjoying what is right in front of us.  The lessons about love that Morrie imparts are especially important, I think.  Particularly in North America, our culture may glorify romance and the pursuit of a soulmate, but not a whole lot of attention is paid to what you should do after you’ve found that love.  If we valued our relationships more, and really showed our emotions towards our loved ones, I think a lot of that artificial garbage that we hold so dear would fall away naturally. 

As an individual I can understand and value the lessons taught to Mitch by Morrie.  I wholeheartedly agree with all the advice given in the book.  But, and this is a big one, I think each of us has to come to it in our own way.  There is something magical about learning these lessons from the right person at the right time in your life.  We value the lessons a lot more if we seek them out rather than have them spoonfed to us.  That’s not to say that I can’t take some of the advice I’ve read and apply it to my life, but I do think it’s a little naive to think that once you’ve read this book, you will immediately rush out and make a bunch of changes to your life.  If you are in a stage of your life where you’re ready to do so, good for you!  If you aren’t, I don’t think you should feel bad about that!  Keep the lessons you learned in your heart and mind so they are there waiting for you when you’re ready for them.

I definitely recommend this book to anyone looking to be inspired, anyone who needs to be reminded why we’re on this planet, and anyone who is looking for the meaning of life!

Have you read this book, dear readers?  What did you think?

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