Everybody has their favourite films that they like for whatever reasons. I like watching films generally and happily admit that sometimes even the most mundane and even bad film has a redeeming scene. Sometimes it is an amazing scene which lights up the whole movie, at least for you. Maybe it is because you like one of the actors or some silly joke hit the right note with you. Maybe just maybe it is because the scene has a resonance with you for some personal reason or reminds you of some event in your past long since forgotten that brings a smile to your face or a tear to your eye. Perhaps to everyone else it is just a nice but forgettable scene in a forgettable movie but it seems like it was written just for you.
I have always had sight problems in one eye which means it is pretty much useless for any purpose at all except for making sure I don’t look like a Cyclops. It doesn’t really bother me much and most people never can tell year after to year. Sometimes I walk into things or I don’t notice something or I have to sit in a certain position to see someone when I am eating or even just to see the full screen at the cinema (apart from those cursed 3-d movies which I can’t see at all). I don’t make a fuss about it, it’s just how things are. Besides which I am blessed with super-human hearing which goes some way to make up for it. I have this bizarre 3d-mapping in my head which means I can see angles so I never get lost and can perfectly reverse park my car without even looking. I also have something similar to sonar which means I can hear my way round in totally dark rooms and unfamiliar corridors as I can hear objects and different materials. I can also hear insects walking on the grass in the garden or conversations 60 feet down the office and a hundred other unusual things which to be honest can be both a blessing or a curse.
However as the sort of person who does like to take in the beauty of the world I often wonder what it would be like to see normally. Would the garden look twice as beautiful if I could see it properly or would what I do see only seem half as beautiful if I saw it with two eyes. Maybe I see things in a sort of condensed way or maybe I just see everything that other people do but have to move my head around twice as much as everyone else. When it comes down to it, there is no getting away that it is a disadvantage if not practically, at least spiritually. To see things properly you need two good eyes. It seems especially cruel as so many don’t appreciate the beauty of anything while I pretty much see it in everything but not as well as most people could if only they bothered. Of course it could be much worse, I could be totally blind. Some people say I see a lot more with one good eye than they do with two.
For this reason I have always taken an interest in films with such topics. One of my favourite films is called “Color of Paradise” which is a film about a blind boy who despite having no sight sees the beauty in everything, it is an Iranian film but well worth checking out on Amazon as it has English subtitles.. I even had a character who was temporarily blinded in my novel.
I admit now that I have always been a Star Trek fan. What little boy and indeed older boy who likes adventure and has bucket loads of imagination wouldn’t? I think if you were stuck on a desert island somewhere you could pretty much learn everything you needed to know about life from watching that old show. Who wouldn’t want to be as brave as Captain Kirk, as clever as Mr. Spock or as compassionate as Dr. McCoy? However that is all for another blog.
My favourite scene does happen to be from a Star Trek film and it is from one of the bad ones but that is not the reason I like it. The scene in question is from Insurrection. Captain Picard and his crew beam onto a planet where aging is reversed as is any physical impairment. Geordie the engineer finds out he can cast away his artificial and superior bionic eyes and the first thing he does is climb a hill to admire a sunrise. In the midst of a forgettable film is a little two minute piece of magic. From the first time I saw that scene to the most recent, I always think that scene is written for me. A piece of thoughtful beauty written and performed by people who can see like everyone else and probably long ago forgotten by everyone except for me. I would love to see a sunrise just like everybody else and that simple idea has never been shown in any other film I have seen (how many films even have characters where such a scene is possible?) but it is exactly how I feel and it is what I would do if I were lucky enough to have the chance. Maybe though, the fact that I see over a hundred sun rises a year with just one good eye and appreciate everyone of them makes me a just a bit more special than everybody else who don’t even notice them. Do you have a special movie moment in an otherwise forgettable film?