Continuing our long-standing New Year’s Eve tradition, my wife and I got the kids to bed early, and watched a movie. I think we started this more than a decade ago. After much discussion (“Looper”, “Pitch Perfect”), I selected The Words, a 2012 film starring an interesting cast — Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana, Jeremy Irons, Dennis Quaid, Olivia Wilde. I didn’t remember this movie hitting the theaters back in September, but I was pretty busy at work during the 2nd half of the year. The trailer looked pretty good, and although I could happily have gone with sci-fi (“Looper”), I figured go safe with the drama with romantic sub themes.
Hoo boy. What a choice.
Here’s the synopsis from IMDB:
Layered romantic drama The Words follows young writer Rory Jansen who finally achieves long sought after literary success after publishing the next great American novel. There’s only one catch – he didn’t write it. As the past comes back to haunt him and his literary star continues to rise, Jansen is forced to confront the steep price that must be paid for stealing another man’s work, and for placing ambition and success above life’s most fundamental three words.
The film seemed promising. A romantic tale about a struggling writer, a historical element about a potentially tragic love story from decades ago, intrigue, betrayal. As the film’s story unfolded, the audience is presented with three stories — the tragic love story from post-WWII, Cooper & Saldana as the struggling writer and young wife, and Quaid revealing to Wilde (and another audience within the film) the unfolding Bradley Cooper storyline.
As I watched, I was certainly intrigued by the 1940’s and Bradley Cooper story lines, but I couldn’t figure out how Dennis Quaid was reading a book to people about the other story lines! It’s explained at the end, but I can’t go into it, as that would spoil the story for those of you who plan to watch it. Let me say that I didn’t particularly like the conclusion to the story. How badly did I dislike the ending? Enough to make me dislike the film as a whole. Oh well, you win some, you lose some. Not every film can be a winner.
Btw, I have no idea what “life’s fundamental three words” are.