This could be the first post (out of many to come) that took form while I was in class, bored with the professor and started drifting to other things I will be or could be doing. I happened to have, in the past two weeks, watched two movies about drug addiction. The first was Prozac Nation top-billed by Christina Ricci. It is based on an autobiographical book about Elizabeth Wurtzel’s struggle with depression leading to drug abuse during her Harvard days as a journalism student. Drug addiction while in Harvard. That got me interested. The movie was entertaining enough for me save for her mother’s hysterics which I think would drive anyone crazy.
But the other movie I saw is just plain brilliant – Candy. Heath Ledger and Abbie Cornish play a couple who are hooked on one another as they are on heroin. They’re so in love, high on drugs and a mess. The things you do for love and how to get that drug fix makes up the storyline organized poetically in three parts: heaven, earth and hell. The scenes depicting their slip into carefree oblivion were enchanting, mesmerizing – a haze that one gets into as you temporarily escape reality into blissful panorama. The plot, acting and cinematography were fantastic it made it to my favorite movies of all time!
I have to mention that this is the best performance I have seen of Abbie Cornish. I’ve seen her in A Good Year, Limitless and Sucker Punch. I would love to see her in more movies.
Another member of the cast was veteran actor Geoffrey Rush who plays Heath’s father figure and sometime supplier. It just struck me that Rush has this intellectual charisma in his voice. It is gruff, deep enough, perfect for use of sarcasm and effective in imparting wisdom. I don’t know I like his voice.
One song featured in the film caught my attention. As it eased its melody in one of the drug-high scenes I was like “that’s an incredibly f*ckin perfect druggie song.”
Sugar man, won’t you hurry
‘Cos I’m tired of these scenes
For a blue coin won’t you bring back
All those colors to my dreams.
Silver magic ships you carry
Jumpers, coke, sweet Mary Jane
I was intrigued at how the movie will end. I think it’s a good ending. Sad but a good one and reflects something that almost never (I think) happens (anymore) in real life. Letting go as a sacrifice.
Aahhh.. the song again. It’s addicting but it would do no good to meet the sugar man.