Was it worth the wait? Was the movie any good? Was Orlando good?
Yes! YES!! And HELL YES!!!!
Maybe I'm partial because what I see on the screen is "home" to me, or maybe it's because I love Orlando. Maybe because I see my family and friends in those nutty people on-screen. Maybe it's because I'm a lot like Claire with the music and quirkiness. Maybe I understand what it's like to feel like a failure. Maybe it's all of those things--but it's also so much more.
Yes, I saw familiar things like the 9th street exit, the Louisville skyline, Ear-X-Tacy bumper stickers, Ale-81 bottles and t-shirts, Cave Hill Cenetery, Maker's Mark bottles and t-shirts, Derby glasses, people who smile and wave even if they don't know you, and I even heard the sounds of my home in the summertime. But it was so much more. Cameron Crowe completely captured life as I know it in this part of the country, through the eyes of a magnificent actor. Yes--you read that right. I don't care what the critics say--those eyes... the smile... the pout and sadness were absolute perfection. Even fear and self-loathing were easily seen on his expressive face. I couldn't have asked for more. This film lived up to every expectation I had for it while viewing it for the first time. I laughed. I cried. I wanted to hug him. And I wasn't alone.
I went to the first showing--I purchased my ticket the day they went on sale weeks ago. Good thing--the theatre was packed! Young children, teens, adults, seniors--we all reacted to the film by laughing and crying and even applauding. Even at the end, the theatre errupted in catcalls and applause. Now maybe that's just because it was filmed here and every other word for over a year was about the film. But maybe not. I like to think it was just because it was THAT good.
I stayed as the credits rolled--I do that a lot just to let the crowd die down. And I also wanted to hear what the 4 senior ladies had to say in front of me. I wasn't disappointed. They all sayed they loved it and one even said she wanted to "hug that Bloom boy" that "he did a really great job". Oh yeah--made me smile. As I was leaving, three young children and a couple of teens were standing at the bottom the the theatre talking to their mom telling her how much they liked it and they were all fighting to tell her their favorite part--I think the screaming kid won out in that battle--thought "Free Bird" was close.
So maybe it won't win an Oscar. But the film has touched so many--we here in Louisville will call it a treasure.
Go. See it. Listen to the sounds. Enjoy it for what it is--a story about life.
In other news... (you guys may want to keep reading....)
I'm going back with Roy Sunday, he couldn't get off today but wanted to take me and said he was off Sunday. So it's a date.
And thanks to sis, I got the most beautiful hard cover book in the mail today--autographed by Cameron Crowe of the making of the film, "Elizabethtown". Full color shots (12 x 12) that have never seen the light of day anywhere! Behind-the-scenes, production pics and even one of Orlando curled up under a craft services table with Sidi catching a nap.
Would anyone happen to want scans????? Heh heh.
EDIT: I forgot to add that a trailer for "Elizabethtown" aired before "Elizabethtown". Yes, you read that right. Basically--it was 2 commercials. One for the music and one for a contest. To "Win a Free Trip to Elizabethtown". Needless to say the entire theatre errupted in hoots and laughter. Considering it's *maybe* 45 minutes down the road, we all got a big kick out of it. ;)