If you've come across a review or two of any film that uses the device, you'll know that I'm not really a fan of narrators. Usually, they do one of two things. They either tell me something the film would've been better off just showing me or, worse, they tell me something the film shows me anyway. A good narrator does neither, but still manages to add to the story without spoon-feeding it to me. These are few and far between. That, in a nutshell, is why I wasn't really looking forward to this particular topic of Thursday Movie Picks. The other reason is a me problem. I try to find a unique angle to these things. I often go out of my way to suggest movies you wouldn't have thought of for a given topic. I can't really do that this week. Couldn't think of any. That said, I'm a team player. I'll still suggest three movies that fit the topic that you should see, if you haven't already.
Y Tu Mamá También
(2001)A pair of guys just coming into adulthood decide to go on a cross-country road trip. Through their own shenanigans, and her relationship trouble, they manage to convince an older lady to go with them. What we get is a poignant tale of discovery and friendhip. It's also, quite possibly, the best coming of age movie ever made.
The Brothers Bloom
(2008)The story is a familiar one. A pair of conmen who happen to be brothers and have been doing it forever decide to pull one last job before getting out. Of course, this time they manage to rope in a beautiful woman to help them do it. The film manages to overcome those tropes with lots of flare, charm, and some wonderful performances by our three principle characters played by Mark Ruffalo, Adrien Brody, and Rachel Weisz.
Horton Hears a Who!
(2008)As humans we're given to occasionally wondering just how small a part we are of this vast universe. We even wonder if there are smaller universes lurking beneath what the naked eye can see. This movie brings those thoughts to life as an elephant accidentally discovers such a universe and then finds himself trying to save them from certain destruction. It's a wonderful tale that I feel has become criminally overlooked in a see of bigger, flashier kiddie flicks.