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  • I thought it was interesting how Kurt would randomly talk about anything, but everything he said made sense in one way or another
  • I thought this scene was connected to Mark's life because he opposed his wife
  • I was impressed that the whole movie contained these types of meaningful scenes which required thinking to understand the film
  • They both felt that this was the end of their friendship and they would never again experience the old joy of meeting each other
  • I do not recommend for others to watch this movie if they do not like movies of this type of genre

    • by cricfan1991
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      An abundant of people denounce against movies because they think that films are just made for entertainment and they spoil a child’s mind. This is not true because many films today are educational and teach us the values of life. I visited the Detroit Film Theatre on December 2, 2006, to watch Old Joy, a cultural movie which teaches us the importance of friendship and the need to live a peaceful spiritual life. I was astounded by the design of the Detroit Film Theatre. The walls and ceilings of the theatre are designed in modern and neoclassic styles. It is one of the most impressive theatres I have seen.

      The theatre was about half full and people were as surprised at the appearance of the theatre as I was. Old Joy is one of the most aloof movies I have seen because it is made in a unique style and conveys a deep message. The only two characters in the movie are Mark and Kurt. The role of Mark, a married man who mutely disapproves of his wife, is played by Daniel London. The role of Kurt, a wacky stoner about to be homeless, is played by Will Oldham.

      The


      movie depicts isolation as the friends never get to meet each other due to their different ways of living life. They plan to go on a camping trip in the forests, where they would have time to spend time with each other and just relax. As they travel to the forests, they become reconnected with each other. I thought it was interesting how Kurt would randomly talk about anything, but everything he said made sense in one way or another. Kurt described the world as a shape and events happen due to a reason.

      He told Mark that it takes time to realize that shape and all would be better at the end. I thought this scene was connected to Mark’s life because he opposed his wife. Although Kurt does not say anything about Mark’s wife, the scene is portrayed to be towards his wife. I was impressed that the whole movie contained these types of meaningful scenes which required thinking to understand the film. The film included many significant scenes.

      To relax in the middle of the forest, the two men went to a hot spring. The men lay in a small hot tub to relax and set ...


      • their minds away from their gloomy lives. Throughout the forest, they would hear the waterfalls and the birds chirping. One of the most significant scenes was when Mark lay in the tub and Kurt began massaging Mark’s neck. Mark felt very uncomfortable at first, but then felt relaxed as Kurt continued massaging.

        This scene represented harmony and a bond between the two friends as they knew they would never meet each other again. Mark knew that one day Kurt would be homeless and Kurt knew Mark would now always be busy with his own family. They both felt that this was the end of their friendship and they would never again experience the “old joy” of meeting each other. After their spiritual bath, they drove back home. While arriving to the camping site, they talked with each other.

        But during the whole trip back home, they did not communicate with each other at all. When dropping Kurt to his home, Mark and Kurt stared into each other’s eyes, chuckled, and then said goodbye in a peculiar tone of voice. This scene represented melancholy because they knew this was the end of their friendship. Their lives were moving towards two different

        paths. I thought the end of their friendship was shown in a unique and perplexing way.

        The audience would have to combine the hot spring scene, the car ride back home, and their tone of saying goodbye to understand this scene. The conclusion of the movie was a touching moment for the two characters. The movie shows that life is not always perfect, like the hot spring scene, and one would have to lose something to gain something. Mark would have to betray his family to gain Kurt’s friendship while Kurt would have to give up drugs and strive for success to gain Mark’s friendship. I like how the film sends out messages that concern our life.

        I dislike how the movie has only two characters, which makes some of the scenes very tedious. I did not enjoy Old Joy as much as I expected because it was portrayed in a complex approach. I do not recommend for others to watch this movie if they do not like movies of this type of genre. Old Joy was not an ordinary movie because the scenes were puzzles and the audience would have to form the scenes into a shape to realize the meaning of the movie.



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