Sunday, I watched “The Visitor.” With that title, and all the movies that seem to be playing right now, I avoided it the first time it was on. Ithought it was a horror movie. But, it was a wonderful movie. The Visitor (2008) – Moviefone has it listed as one of the 50 best movies of 2008. I’m sure I would rank it much higher and I am putting it on my DVD want list.
It is amazing what a great movie they can make with a very simple plot, excellent casting, acting, and directing. There were no special affects, no bombs, no blood, no action too fast to watch and too loud to hear, just a lot of emotion. It’s on Starz this month and I hate to give away too much, so I will try to be careful.
Things to watch out for are the subliminal messages, in the background. Things like how we welcome everyone to our humble shores, as we used to, and how we are a land made up of all nationalities, as we are.
And, as wtih all good plots, the main ingredient is the character development.
Tarek (Haaz Sleiman) is a jubilant, love-of-life musician who is driven to hatred by bureaucracy.
Walter (Richard Jenkins) shows the world how good of an actor he is as he plays a man going through the motions of life, when he is randomly thrown into close contact with Tarek and his girlfriend. Tarek shows Walter what a wonderful thing life can be, and Walter begins to live.
The ending of this movie left me silently praying for any other outcome. But, it is a movie that is true-to-life.
We can all get in ruts and may need to be shown how to enjoy life again, and to be open to accept others into our life. Life is too short, not to experience it. Check out, “The Visitor” and do not be afraid to try new things in your life.