A Movie that's Good for the Soul

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Some time ago we had a section of the site called Caregiver911. I think it's still there - matter of fact, yes, there's a link to it right on the left hand side of the page. I really like the graphic on the page, having come up with the idea myself.

At any rate, this past weekend, Barb (the better half of ElderHope) and I went and saw The Polar Express. My goodness, it's a great movie! It is simply marvelous. It is exciting, moving, happy, thoughtful, and believable. I think it would be a great recommendation for those in need of some spiritual (and by that I do not necessarily mean religious ) respite.

One touching line by the conductor:

"You know there's a funny thing about trains... You have to choose to get on."

Like so much of life, we stay on the outkirts, afraid of learning something that will challenge us, make us think, help us to grow. After seeing the movie, Barb, my son, and I had a good conversation about how fears so often control us, keep us from boarding The Train. And the risks that we choose to take when we do get on the train. Are they worth it? Will we be okay? What kinds of risks are worth taking? It was good for him and for us. Anyway, it's a great getaway movie that's good for the soul of child and adult. It will be played at our home for many Christmases to come.

Also, let me say that we saw another excellent movie over the Thanksgiving holiday: Finding Neverland. It deals with the story (adapted) of the writer of Peter Pan (James M Barrie). In some ways, it as well as Polar Express, reflects on the risks that we take when we choose to get on The Train. Based on the movie's telling of the story, Neverland was what he learned, not just what he wrote. And, as with many things in life, the harder the class, the richer the lessons. What he lost and what he found when he found Neverland are a source of deep wisdom and reflection. The film wanders through a number of themes, including, though not extensively, childhood grief.

The Polar Express can be considered diversionary, though it is hardly a trifle in either meaning or intelligence. Finding Neverland is wise and thoughtful. It is not a diversion. It invites feeling and thought. For both films you will likely need copius numbers of tissues - but they are good cries. For The Polar Express they are all happy ones!

We heartily recommend seeing both films.

Posted on 2004/11/30 1:23

<strong><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="color:#990000;">For every human problem, there is a neat, simple solution; and it is always wrong.<br /><br />--H.L. Mencken</span></span></strong> <img src="http://www.elderhope.com/uploads/smil3db...

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