Yes, the movie.
I saw it for the hundredth time (slight exaggeration agreed, but close!) the other day and still I feel like I haven’t had enough of it.
What is so special about it? What do I like about it, other than the gorgeous blessing in human disguise to the world called Julia Roberts? Where do I begin?
This movie celebrates friendship in the most unconventional way. It isn’t the mundane The Hangover or American Pie kind of friendship where a bunch of friends are bound together by some common intent to commit a deed or a misdeed. It is a real, logical and emotional tale of two best friends.
It shows that close friendships can survive distance, time, romantic liaisons or break-ups as well as streaks of jealousy, insecurity and possessiveness. No matter how juvenile they were when they first met, with age friends evolve, and so does their outlook towards people and relationships. All it needs is some time.
The simplest moments in the movie can touch a chord somewhere in you. Dialogues like ‘You don’t wear pink’ or ‘Guard it with your life’ suggest closeness and trust, while the ‘My Micheal’ reference has a tiny hint of protectiveness.
The best part is that even after everything happens it doesn’t preach to ‘Forgive and forget’. It subtly implies that it is alright to have feelings as long as they are sheathed inside of you and don’t begin terrorising the lives of people near and dear to you. Better still would be to move on.
Watch it, if you haven’t already. It is worth your while to reminisce about people that probably aren’t around anymore, yet closer than most of others.