Friday, August 01, 2008

A boy and his grand volition (and piano)

Steve sent out a movie suggestion last week for “Vitus.” I rented it from NetFlix and watched it today. It is an absolutely amazing movie. It is both loving and lovely. It is about a boy who follows his own volition, against his parents’ wishes for him (a child prodigy) to be a concert pianist. The boy, Vitus, devises an ingenious means for circumventing his parents. He is stubborn, rational and sensitive. His soulmate is his grandfather, who loves the boy dearly and never suggests that the boy do anything other than the boy wishes, while the grandfather himself pursues his own interests with great and infectious enjoyment. The boy wishes to do many things, but on his time schedule.

The movie has so many astounding plot twists that are glorious and tear-jerking in the perfect way, and it has moments of uproarious candor between Vitus and adults. The ending is astonishingly perfect as well. I won’t give anything away in recounting plot or characters, so as not to disappoint or mitigate the experience. I’ll just say that the first 20 minutes are a bit slow as it sets up for what is to come, but after that, it is celestial. What may be the most amazing thing about this movie is that it is not in the least preachy. It is breezy and mellifluous.

It is a five-star movie, in my book. Rent this movie and be entertained and inspired. And let me know what you think, please.

Thank you very much, Steve, for this recommendation.

P.S. If you need an uplifting, yet complex, movie as an antidote to the execrable Batman, this is it.

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