(Talking movies, differently #1)
If you feel like you want to see some life on screen, life like the life we live every single day, a life filled with taxing emotions, personal confrontations, panic attacks because of a new job, oh why the sun is coming up so brightly at 48 degrees, a sweaty metro ride home and back and forth and back and forth the same reel over and over again but with punctuated moments of happiness and love and friendship and togetherness and those rare moments of feeling like you’ve found your ‘magical moment’ midst the hustle bustle of an ordinary life, then Happythankyoumoreplease is just the right kind of movie for you!
It begins with the monotony of life of these characters in the New York city and how the city forces its pressure on them to respect their lives there and how these characters fight their problems every single day to appreciate life more, to feel the gratitude towards it and to trust that the universe is filled with an abundance of such moments. Sam (Josh Radnor) snakes his way out of a busy street to make it to his interview on time and finds a moment to remain love struck at first sight by Mississippi. In this same journey to the office he bumps into Rasheen, a foster child, in the metro who clings on to him thereafter, paving way for a bond that is all love and all beauty. Annie, an alopecia patient, on the other hand has hit the rock bottom in love in her past and so believes she doesn’t deserve it anymore, or the be precise she is trying to find a reason to be loved. Mary and Charlie seem to come across as a couple who have long crossed the time of new puppy love and share a deep bond with one another as they explore their lives together with different goals and different aspirations, trying to balance the hard times to share and make space for more beauty together.
It’s hard to talk about movies like Happythankyoumoreplease because it doesn’t reflect one theme in its script. Since I’ve already hinted that this movie is just like a messy life, so of course it follows a very unstructured way of expressions where in one emotion seamlessly flows into another and the story keeps flowing in the monotony of the lives of these characters, each incident making every character a distinguished one but still stringing them all together maybe because life might be different for all of these characters but it might be the same in its core. On a more philosophical level that’s called ‘being in the same boat!’ But it isn’t just that, the beauty in this affinity that these characters feel lies in how this unstructured randomness is unique and yet the sense of expression of these emotions doesn’t underplay the exclusivity of different relationships, only surfaces all of them with a unanimous blanket of life! Charlie’s love filled assurance to Mary, ‘You can share anything with me,’ echoes the same kind of love, trust and faith when Rasheen tells Sam that Sam is his best friend. As Annie begins to loosen up and welcomes love, begins to believe that she deserves to be adored, she calls up Sam to tell him a tale of love and asks him to ‘go get loved,’ and it’s Rasheen that he chases.
Sam #2 touches your heart with his humorous exclamation from his childhood story, ‘Who says that Santa’s pants should be red?’ as Annie’s quirks makes you meet the philosophy behind the title of this movie. Sam’s weird proposal to Mississippi, the catching of keys to his apartment scene only hints on how the randomness of the universe can work in your favor. Sam’s concern for Rasheen’s happiness as he asks him to never quit painting while the police takes both of them in custody is a very subtle kind of proclamation of love wherein Sam cares for Rasheen’s happiness, and what is love other than wishing for your loved one’s happiness! The movie begins with Rasheen’s constant requests of ‘please please please’ can I stay with you to Sam and twirls its way to Mississippi asking Sam to be nice to her. The movie takes us the to the ‘Thank you, more please’ moment of fresh, blooming love between Annie and Sam #2 and this feeling of that early sapling kind of fragile love paves way for a much more matured kind of love between Mary and Charlie finally pushing the movie to the ‘happy song’ sung by Mississippi leaving Sam in absolute awe. So the beauty of this movie is in all these different ways in which these characters are chasing the same cars, but only differently.