I finally caught a movie after several months: Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (this is not a review).
I haven’t enjoyed a movie this much in several months. (Despite the first sentence, what I mean to say is I really loved the movie.) The movie was almost uncomfortably identifiable — I have lived through so many similar moments it’s hard to enumerate. And if it’s identifiable to someone like myself, I reckon Zoya Akhtar has done a wonderful job.
I read this review last week. The writer has great command over language but I feel sorry he didn’t enjoy it. There are some movies where the movie brings something to the table, you bring something, and sometimes it just clicks. ZNMD is one of those (another example is Into The Wild).
Even from a critical view, I didn’t lose track of any character at any moment. That’s pretty much what anyone wants from a movie, and that’s also the least I expect that from Zoya Akhtar.
And before you bring up some of the reviews I’ve written in the past, I feel sorry for myself for not enjoying many of those movies — and being acerbic.
If I get the time, I promise to tell you about some wonderful moments from recent trips. This is one glimpse I have. I cannot put into words what you get when you add a tough multi-day hike, the Grand Canyon, a small canyon with an acoustic 4-second reverberation, and a flute.