The Words: How Do Your Words and Choices Shape Who You Are? (2012)

Posted: March 12, 2013 in Drama, Mystery, Romance
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TheWordsposter480newTold through the novel written by Clay Hammond, Rory Jansen was a struggling writer trying to find his place in the world. With a beautiful woman by his side, he shifted away from his passion for a short period of time until he one day realized that there was a surprise in the gift Dora purchased while in Paris. Reading the manuscript brought him to tears but he kept it hidden. After feeling restless one night, he arose out of bed and felt an urge to type the story word for word if only to get the tactile experience of the words. After Dora discovered the story on his computer and believed that he wrote it, she convinced him to present it to someone at his work. Hiding the fact that he did not write it, Rory gained significant esteem for his accomplishment. Always feeling a little guilty but able to hide it, Rory was shocked one day when he was confronted in the park by a man who claimed to have lived the story Rory wrote.

Starring: Dennis Quaid (Clay Hammond), Bradley Cooper (Rory Jansen), Zoe Saldana (Dora Jansen), Jeremy Irons (The Old Man), Ben Barnes (The Young Man), Nora Amezeder (Ceila), JK Simmons (Rory’s father), Olivia Wilde (Daniella), John Hannah (Richard Ford), Zeljko Ivanek (Cutler)

The focus of this movie really keys into the combination of Cooper, Irons and Barnes. Cooper has been proving in each of his films that he has quite the range even this early in his career. His performance is somewhat reminiscent of his character from Limitless but with more compassion for the predicament he falls under. Irons fluctuates between restrained anger and deflated frustration, giving his character real conflict with his story told by another person. Barnes represents more of the flow of life from happiness to sadness and despair. Quaid, Saldana, Amezeder and Wilde all add to the film’s conflict of conscience.

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Creating this story of interconnected tales, Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal entertained viewers through the conflict of conscience and the mystery of how everything was actually connected. The film started with the telling of a story that may or may not be a work of fiction. The story followed Rory’s writer’s block, followed by his lucky find and finally his guilt, but this was only a part of the storytelling. The Window Tears actually misrepresented the biographical work as a fictional story, causing the old man to come out of hiding to confront Rory. The old man told the story of his luck in love, life in Paris and loss of both his child and then his wife. While the story originally brought Rory to tears when he read it, the discovery of the real person who experienced it left him speechless. Tossing in the fact that Clay’s book seemed to be more personal than he originally let on, this film is extremely intertwined.

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The primary message of this film relates to reconciliation. Rory eventually ended up struggling with the fact that he stole the old man’s story and marketed it as his own. Feeling uneasy about the old man’s lack of a request, Rory kept searching for something to redeem himself and give credit to the right person. The old man kept resisting and essentially told Rory that he has to live the guilt for what he did and make whatever other choices he deemed fit. This left Rory to realize that there was nothing he could do to ever fully move on, as the decision to steal and withhold the truth affected too many people to keep the effects contained.

The Words is a rather engaging film that seemed to be get lost in the shuffle of a number of big name films of the past year. The acting is strong and the story is intricate to a point that keeps viewers guessing and interested to dive deeper.

Dan’s Rating: 4.0/5

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