But the whole movie felt like a giant, great cliche' of awesome to me though. It's cliche' in all the best ways, I guess. I fricking loved TWWB. Thought it was one of the better movies I saw last year. Just a fantastic trip back to when you were that age and all the feelings and emotions that exist in that time. Even though it didn't really line up with my childhood, I still felt like it was a great trip down memory lane, if that makes sense.
And Rockwell was awesome. I didn't even hate Maya Rudolph, and I usually want to slap the shite out of her.
Right on Coco! There's a reason that some cliche's exist, because they have elements of universal truth. In a post-modern world that tries hard to deconstruct and re-invent, it's refreshing to sometimes return to simple truths which are often captured in old cliches.
Every character doesn't have to display an ironic twist in order to feel authentic. Rockwell plays a friendly, playful guy who takes an interest in an awkward and brooding teenager. As a post-modern audience, we wait expectantly for Rockwell's character to have ulterior motives, or some other odd twist to the relationship, but it doesn't come. Instead, he's just a good guy helping a troubled teen have confidence in himself.
What a relief! There are still good people in the world. That's a world that I know and love, and to remember that makes me feel nostalgic, which is a bittersweet notion itself.