Tuesday, February 05, 2008
I watched Mona Lisa Smile years ago and for some reason it left a sour taste in my mouth. Having had the year I've gone through and watching it a second time it left a completely different taste in my mouth. The first time around I looked down on Katherine [Julia Roberts' character] for being so hard on Julia Stiles' character for choosing to be married. I looked at Betty [Kirsten Dunst's character] as a biotch who got what she deserved and not much else. The second time around I realized I had never noticed the way Kirsten's character was groomed and raised to believe what she did, and what Katherine did for her was provide a different way and an okay to be that way. Which is why in the last scene Betty is crying. Her life could've been one way - miserable, lonely, sad, heartbroken day after day - but instead she realized the freedom she had to choose another life and was so grateful for it. Joan realized that same freedom - in the love that she had. The underlying message of the movie, we all can be what we choose, and it's okay to choose what will be happy for us, not the next person. I used to view this movie as one I didn't see the point of. I hadn't lived enough to. Now I view it as a great movie.
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