Viggo and I
Last night, I cozied up in front of my laptop and watched A History of Violence for the first time. I liked the movie and let's all admit that Viggo Mortensen was just smokin' in that film to make up for all that it lacked. Am I biased because I think Viggo is wonderful?!
Then I thought to myself-- wow, just a few days ago, I touched that man and he touched me.
Why yes! I am that happy, nerdy, Asian girl in glasses with Viggo's arm around me!
Do I not look like the happiest female geek on the planet in that photo or what?! The happiness had three parts: A) VIGGO MOTHERFUCKIN' MORTENSEN! B) I'm with Aragorn from Lord of the Rings, bitches and C) He couldn't have been ANY nicer. Seriously, people-- the man was lovely and patient with us slobbering fanwomen. What a true gent; and super nice celebrities make me feel fuzzy inside especially when I have the upmost respect for them.
My friend, Missy (as also seen in the photo), invited me to an advance screening of The Road, in which Viggo showed up afterwards to do a Q&A session. As far as the movie goes, for me it was incredibly dark, foreboding and depressing. I've never read the book and I'm afraid to do so because these days, I want my entertainment to lift my spirits up, not make me feel sad for the world.
Nevertheless, the movie was beautifully done with amazing performances by the whole cast. The production was unbelievable and made you feel that the Earth really was dying slowly and painfully by the dead trees, bleak weather, and the never ending overcast of just gray and dark, looming clouds. The whole world, it seemed, was in a post-apocalyptic state. How it happened? We don't know and will never know. It didn't matter because the viewer is immediately wrapped up in the lives of the two, main characters. The Man (Viggo) and his Son, struggling together and just trying to survive in what has become a brutal, dead, and very frightening world.
Apocalyptic films always affect me deeper than any horror movies can. Just the thoughts of: "That could REALLY happen one day." and "Will I survive?" gives me a little anxiety deep down. To see Viggo's character tramping through a hopeless world, running away from fallen human beings who choose to cast away their morality for survival... it's VERY scary to me. We take civilization for granted and none of us will really know what to do when it is all taken away from us in one sudden strike.
The ending, without spoiling it for anyone, is interpreted by different people. Some see hope, and some-- already so overtaken by the depression through the film-- will see none. Maybe what we see in the end of this film says something deeper about ourselves.
I updated a few clips on my youtube channel from the Q&A, but here is the end of it where Viggo makes a comment on the topic of hope. ***WARNING*** Video may be spoiler-ific!!!
To end this post on a more upbeat note!... Let us review my Fellowship Tally so far, shan't we?!
Viggo Mortensen = met 1x
Orlando Bloom = met 1x
John Rhys Davies = saw from a distance pinching womanly butts 1x
Sean Astin = met 2x
Elijah Wood = met 1x
Billy Boyd = met 2x
Dominic Monaghan = met BAJILLION TIMES IT DOESN'T COUNT ANYMORE!