I have been eagerly anticipating this movie since it was being filmed over a year ago. I finally got to see it today and...I loved it. It's about the cyclical journey of life. Everything changes. We love and are loved and death is an eminent part of life. We cannot love without death. I compare it to Forrest Gump, another fantastic movie. It is a history lesson, a love story, a comedy, and a tearjerker complete with big name stars (Shiloh makes her big screen debut) and even a boat! Oh and the infamous feather is now a hummingbird. Perhaps the main reason I love the movie is one of it's main characters...no not Brad, New Orleans!
It was fun watching the movie and seeing all the places we "visited". In the beginning of the movie there is a cemetery where the clock maker buries his son who died in WWI. My friend Jill and I were watching them set up that scene while we ate Quiznos for lunch...we acted all nonchalant like we didn't know what was going down. It looked so fake when they were putting it up under the huge live oaks complete with Spanish moss for effect. It looked more like a Halloween decoration in someone's front yard. We also sat outside the "house on Lake Pontchartrain" where Brad (a.k.a. Benjamin) took his father. We were right there when they were filming, hoping to catch a glimpse of Brad...no such luck. (We would see signs that said "CCBB" all over and we would check them out. Their trailers were parked near my grocery store") We also tried to pick out the other places we recognized, City Park, the obvious French Quarter, St. Charles Ave, even the road Brad was riding the motorcycle on looked strangely familiar.
It was especially interesting to see the clips of our local newscasters reporting on Katrina, which was also incorporated into the movie.
Even if I didn't live here I would have most definitely enjoyed the movie. But I since I do live here, I feel as though I am a part of this movie, and I love it all the more. It was Brad's "love letter" to New Orleans and the people who live here. A nice tribute that I can enjoy anytime.
It's a must see, even if you wait for DVD. Kudos Brad...I see an Oscar in your future!