Okay, so I watched the movie A Single Man last night.
I found it universally depressing and fatalistic.
Anyone else who has seen this movie have a different take on it?
Basically the theme seemed to be that old cliche of “life’s a %$&$*@ and then you die.”
Even the ending was depressing, it was like the ultimate depressing cap to an otherwise overall depressing plot from the start. I’ve got to think there is more to life than this? This brutality of meaninglessness, of null-ness to existence?
Where is the off switch to my monkey mind that keeps thinking about it.
I watched the movie recently too, and enjoyed it very much. The picture was beautiful, the way certain people were more colorful & alive & the main character was always dully shaded and dark, but would start to brighten up at parts. And the ending was pretty depressing. I didn’t see that coming.
My take from the movie is that you can’t resist & have to learn to let go of attachments. We all know nothing will last forever but we choose not to accept that. The main character lost his partner but refused to accept it. He refused to let go. He was holding onto what had become ‘nothingness’ and as a result had nothing to live for. I know losing people is tough & its a lot easier to say this than to actually go thru it. But at some point you have to let go or continue to torture yourself. I kind of feel like he liked feeling sorry for himself. He refused to continue to find meaning in life. It was a choice he made.