01-14-2012, 10:18 AM
(01-13-2012 06:50 PM)Fruitfly Wrote: [ -> ]My favorite scene is when he punched the dude in the bar. It was such an alpha male moment for him, and that punch was so fast! It made me all soft and gushy on the inside, alot more than the icky, icky graveyard scene.
That's the scene I hate. First, it's totally gratuitous violence. But more importantly, it was a sucker punch without challenge or warning, and he left the scene immediately. Cowardly. What the movie doesn't show, if this were real life, is his arrest for assault and the subsequent civil suite; the black guy's dental insurance wouldn't have paid for the damage, Charlie would have.
(01-13-2012 06:50 PM)Fruitfly Wrote: [ -> ]But the appearance of his bro begs the question as to what extent all of this is produced by and in his imagination, as part of post-traumatic stress disorder. Did some research on PTSD to write the Jake / Mikey chapter, and discovered "seeing" the dead person is not out of the question. What brings into question whether Jake's Mikey dream is just a dream or actual contact with the dead is Jake's visionary status, while in the movie the ambiguity is achieved by the appearance of the brother - leaving the audience to wonder whether they are seeing the ghost through Charlie's eyes, or whether it is objectively there (since no one else sees it, you really begin to wonder.)
There's no evidence to suggest Charlie is a visionary - until Tess, and that's when the plot starts to lose cohesion.
I know the director wanted to keep it a mystery (is Charlie nuts, or not?) but it's a failed concept. It all has to be real, otherwise he couldn't have rescued Tess as the result of her apparition (and the clue provided by little bother as to her whereabouts).