The unpredictability of life is what makes it so exciting, and yet terrifying at the same time. No-one really knows what lies around the next corner and life has a way of blindsiding you, no matter how well you think you can predict the road that stretches out up ahead, chances are that you will find yourself on a completely different pathway that you hadn't even noticed without even knowing how you got there.
And that is what life is like. Life is a tricky thing. It's weird and it's wonderful and we all get to play our parts and change our roles as we move further along the pathway of our lives and uncover new things about ourselves as we do that.
I love that life offers us so many chances to evolve ourselves. At any moment we can change our minds and our ways of thinking, we can embrace a new way of being whenever we want to. Everyday is another chance, another go around if you will, and with time marching forward, it is important to embrace all of the twists and bends in the road for what they really are; opportunities.
Sometimes opportunity can come in the guise of misfortune and that can make it really hard to see the lesson for what it is, but I really do believe that all of life, every day of it, is filled with endless opportunity. And by opportunity I don't just mean 'things' presenting themselves, I mean the opportunity to change the way we view things. An opportunity to see things with fresh eyes, perhaps with more clarity, more openness or more willingness. That is the opportunity that I am speaking of, the opportunity to live life to the full. To embrace life for all of its beauty and its ugliness, for its perfections and its failures and for everything that falls in between as well.
When you can truly do that, then that is when you really begin living life to the fullest. That is when your life is complete; when you have not only made your peace with the winding road, but when you also love it for being as wild, unpredictable and filled with opportunity as it is, and that I believe is the essence of life, and it is wonderful.
Release Date: 2013
Rating: MA 15+
Running Time: 142 mins
An Italian art drama co-written and directed by Paolo Sorrentino and filmed exclusively in Rome. After premiering at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, The Great Beauty went on to win the Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards and also at the BAFTA's.
When socialite and 'Party King' Jep Gambardella turns 65, he begins to reflect on the meaning of his life. Through a series of eccentric, romantic and artistic interludes throughout Rome, Jep attempts to define what benefit he has gained from his opulent and privileged lifestyle.
This movie is a powerhouse of pure pleasure. The music, the streetscapes, the cinematography and the dialogue are all married together to create something altogether ravishing, meditative and somewhat otherworldly. In many ways The Great Beauty is a story about one man's love affair with Rome, with life, with finding reason and with beauty in all of its forms.
I found it completely mesmerising and intensely satisfying. This is nothing short of a masterpiece and it is an unmissable slice of cinematic brilliance.
FINAL SAY: We're all on the brink of despair.
5 Chili Peppers