Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Dear Ndugu

I saw About Schmidt for the first time a couple of days ago. It was funny, sad, and altogether charming. One storytelling element I particularly liked was the series of letters that Schmidt wrote to the Tanzanian boy he was sponsoring.

It's touching to see Schmidt, who's disconnected from most of the people in his life, awkwardly attempt to reach out to this child he knows little about, and it's suddenly humorous when his commentary on his life becomes too candid and impassioned.

Overall, it was a really clever mechanism for getting an emotionally stunted character to open up on what he really thinks and to expose the gap between his public image and his private thoughts.

That is all.

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