Last night Lisa and I finally got around to watching that old classic, Gone With the Wind.
When the movie finished, I was angry. Â What a dissatisfying ending! Â It felt like the movie makers just ran out of minutes and weren’t able to tell the second half of the story. Â The ending was abrupt and kind of weird. Â The movie lasted through all kinds of horrible events, then stopped short when Rhett walked out.
I really fell in love with Rhett, thatÂ roguish, good-looking, inexplicably rich leading man. Â In fact, he’s probably the arch-typical leading man. Â I don’t think I’ve even seen anyone stronger in that role.
Scarlett was reprehensible, inspiring true disgust. Â Somehow, at the end she turned from the very definition of a bitch into a hope-possessing angel bent on following the true love she’s just discovered she always had. Â This change of character was so complete as to be unbelievable.
I kept waiting for the movie to parallel Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew. That never happened, at least not completely. Â Scarlett, the shrew, was only tamed after Petruchio, Rhett, gave up and turned away from her.
A few technical notes:
- It might have been our jank-tastic home theater system (or lack thereof), but we had a tough time understanding the dialogue for the first half of the movie. Â Subtitles helped, but made us feel like we were watching a foreign film.
- The special effects were pretty cool to see. Â I’ve heard that a lot of the movie is actually illustrated, and that would explain the rich contrast and great coloring.