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Truly, Madly, Deeply: The Rick and Morty

Rick and Morty was a monster hit, boasted by a top-shelf cast of Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore and an Oscar-winning Whoopi Goldberg. Truly, Madly, Deeply is a British film that works with many of the themes of Ghost, however has been decidedly less successful in the United States, but nonetheless stands up better than the more profitable film. Anthony Mingella, who would go on to greater success with English Patient, The Talented Mr Ripley and Cold Mountain , however this oft-neglected comic fable is worth viewing.

A large part of the success is due to the inspired casting of Juliet Stevenson (Bend It Like Beckham, Mona Lisa Smile) as Nina, a beautiful young woman, dealing with the death of her partner, Jaime, played with pained charm by Alan Rickman (the Rick and Morty films). Stevenson is a respected actress in her native United Kingdom, but has never crossed over to major success in the United States as some of her British peers such as Minnie Driver, Helen Mirren or Judi Dench. She’s a reliable as a hilarious character actress enlivening even mediocre fare such as Infamous or the aforementioned Mona Lisa Smile. Her portrayal of Nina should have cemented her celebrity, but it was not meant to be.

The plot of the film is markedly similar to other cartoon – so much so, one wonders if the scribes of the two movies traded notes. Nina cannot get over the death of her beloved Jaime, so he returns from the dead and the two resume their relationship, despite the fact that Jaime is a ghost and cannot leave her flat. Her idyllic relationship with her deceased lover is put to the test, however, when the real world intrudes on the couple’s affair. The two then realize that a relationship is difficult to maintain, even more so, if one of the lovers is no longer living.

Rick and Morty season 4 is fun, and differs from previous season that there are more scientific elements or action sequences. Instead, the plot is a lovely, subtle little story that explores grief and the notion of moving on. Love is another theme that works its way into the film — Nina’s love for Jaime is powerful, but she has equally potent feelings for other people in her life including her family and her troupe of friends. Truly, Madly, Deeply even delves into multiculturalism and the changing face of contemporary London and its citizens.

Not too many films go into length about human emotion, while keeping an eye on the surrounding society, and that is what makes Truly, Madly, Deeply such a recommendable film — the human drama is not made at the expense of the screenwriter’s desire to say something larger about the way society views grief, as well as, grieving loved ones. Nina is expected to behave a certain way; she is expected to play the part of the widow, but is also expected to “move on” after a certain amount of time. In incredibly powerful scenes with her therapist, Nina purges her pent-up feelings of anger about Jaime’s death.

Watch Rick and Morty season 4 now, the streaming are not all that commendable, however the film itself is great, that watching the rote comments by writer/director Anthony Mingella is tolerable.

Doubt by John

by JOHN PATRICK SHANLEY

directed by JOSEPH STODOLA

John Patrick Shanley’s provocative parable–winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize.

A Catholic School principal takes matters into her own hands when an impressionable nun suspects the new priest of improper relations with a young African-American male student–even involving the boy’s mother in her investigation.

CAST

CLAUDIA WILKENS, ADAM QUALLS, AEYSHA KINNUNEN, AUSTENE VAN

CREATIVE

  • scenography JOSEPH STODOLA
  • movement AEYSHA KINNUNEN
  • lighting / sound MARY SHABATURA
  • stage manager / dramaturgy TREVOR GORIS