I am not much of a fan of romantic movies. Not that I hate the idea of love or anything. I just don’t think movies do justice to what real love is like.
I could be wrong. Maybe your definition of love is different from mine. For me, love is not about the grand gestures or constant shows of affection. It is what is on the inside that matters to me. After all, what value does a grand gesture have if there is no love involved?
Then how come a cynic as I, got impressed by a single movie scene? And why do I think this scene successfully portrayed real love on screen, while many others failed to do so?
I still haven’t told you which movie scene I am talking about here right? Sorry to keep you waiting.
I am talking about the 1998 movie “Meet Joe Black”. The movie received a lot of mixed reviews. Some consider this movie as one of the best, while others think it is too long a movie, which got boring at times. The movie has a lot of great moments nonetheless.
While the main love interest of the movie is Joe Black(Brad Pitt) and Susan Parrish(Claire Forlani), the scene we are about to discuss is not about them. It is William Parrish, who is going to show us what real love looks like.
Who is William Parrish?
William Parrish(Anthony Hopkins) in this movie, is a successful businessman and the father of Susan Parrish who we talked about earlier. The scene takes place when William Parrish talks about his late wife Joan, with Joe Black.
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The way Anthony Hopkins manages to deliver those lines is exceptional. I don’t think no other actor could have done a better job. Once he starts talking about his wife, the viewer will feel the love, the pain, the longing, the burning passion, all at the same time. The passion with which he talks about his wife makes me want to experience that in my own life. That is how much this scene influenced me.
I think this scene has the potential to overshadow the whole movie. I rewatched it a hundred times and still could watch it a 100 times more.
The scene is so brilliantly put together. He does not need words to convey how much he loved his wife, the emotions exhibited in that scene is more than enough. This is where I think most other films failed. They had to depend more on the words and actions, rather than emotions.
The background score, the acting, and the dialogues, all work together to make this movie scene one masterpiece. This scene will always hold a special spot in the viewer’s heart, no matter what they think about the movie as a whole.
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Always remember William Parrish’s words:
Hope you liked this article. Let me know what you think about this movie scene in the responses.
This post was previously published on Hello, Love.
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