Little Miss Sunshine - The most moving movie of 2006
This may sound a little personal (and maybe also controversial:)), but I do think it deserves this year's Oscar. The script is so well-written that it not only turned out to be very real-life, but also reflected some of the deepest philosophies of life.
(Actually, rumor has it that the man who acts the role of grandpa has been nominated for the best actor; well, it may not just be a rumor, but I forgot where I heard that from. Anyway, I hope they all win, because they are all very good. Oh, and by the way, the voting on TLF shows that people love this one much more than the others that were considered having a good chance of winning)
The most moving scene, I think, is the one at the dock, where Frank and Dwayne had this conversation:
Frank: … anyway, he gets down to the end of his life, he looks back and decides that all those years he suffered, those were the best years of his life, coz it made him who he was. All the years he' s happy? You know, total waste; didn't learn a thing. So, if you sleep until you're 18, ah…, think of the suffering you're gonna miss, I mean, high school? High school, those are your primary suffering years, you don't get better suffering than that.Dwayne: You know what? F**k beauty contest, life is one f**king beauty contest after another; you know, school, then college, then work; f**k that! And f**k the air force academy, if I want to fly, I'll find a way to fly. Just do what you love, and f**k the rest!
And I can't help but think of all those suffering years my dear girl friend and I have been through; all those fights and tortures, they made us who we're now; and more importantly, they bind us together so tight. People are defined by (composed of) their memories. So if there's someone who has created (shared) so many memories with you, no matter whether they're sweet, there'd just be no easy way to forget about her.
Also, remember the part where the grandpa dies, and how they handle it? They made a decision, together, that they take the body with them, otherwise there'd be no way they could catch up with the contest. They made a decision that most people won' t make in that kind of situation. They could've easily decided to go back, since for most people, it's much more important that they took care of the funeral first. But they didn't. And that reminded me of another beautiful movie – "Dead Poets Society". Actually it reminded me of the famous verse written by Robert Frost, "two roads diverged in a wood, and I -, I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference" Just think about this: If they chose what most people would choose in that situation, then Olive would not get to attend the contest, Frank and Dwayne would not have that conversation at the dock, and they would not go up the stage and dance together; and the trip would become a total losers' trip. Choices make all the difference.
There're so many decisions we have to make in our daily life, some of them aren't important, but some of them are. And the question is, my friend, which way will you choose?