March 02, 2004

Grand Canyon

Meaning-of-life movies can be a real mixed bag. What the meaning of life is to someone, a director like Lawrence Kasdan for example, can be completely unique to that person. When a movie director/producer decides to explore the meaning of life, this can cost a movie viewer both money and time, in exchange for, not their own fulfillment, but the observation of the other's fulfillment, which might not be very fulfilling.

However, this movie is pretty good.

Grand Canyon was released in 1991, making it about 13 years old. I found the DVD at Best Buy for $5.99. Helluvadeal. I'd never seen the movie but had heard that it was a "feel good" film -- one that endeavors to uplift and inspire, and that it was pretty succesful towards those ends.

I wasn't crazy about this film, but you have to know that I am very hard to please when it comes to meaning of life shit. The movie is enjoyable to watch, featuring an excellent ensemble of actors, including Kevin Kline, Danny Glover, and I really appreciated Steve Martin's movie producer role.

I wondered if Kasdan wasn't trying to emulate Robert Altman, because you had several different story lines braiding themselves around each other, with each character participating in 2 or 3 of the storylines. This approach keeps things interesting, with the focus always moving around among different dramas.

The story is a little too complicated to try and describe here in any detail. Suffice it to say that it happens in L.A. and a disparate group of individuals begin unlikely chance interactions, and wind up helping each other to understand.....The Meaning Of Life. That's all you really need to know. Check it out if you get the chance.

Posted by Wayne at March 2, 2004 01:35 AM
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