Friday, March 07, 2008

CHARLIE WILSON'S WAR: the Zen master and the boy

Saw it tonight (again). A parable that Hoffman's CIA man Gust offers to Hanks's Congressman Wilson, paraphrasing from what my perforated memory can recall...
Gust: Did I ever tell you the story of the Zen master and the little boy? On his 16th birthday, a boy gets a horse as a present. All the villagers say, "How wonderful!" The Zen master says, "We'll see." One day, the boy is thrown from the horse and is hurt and can no longer walk. All the villagers say, "How terrible!" The Zen master says, "We'll see." A short time later, war begins, and all the young men of the village are taken away to be soldiers, but this boy can't fight, so he is spared, and all the villagers say, "How wonderful!"

Charlie: And the Zen master says, "We'll see..."

Gust: You're catching on...

See this movie. Excellent script and story, kickass cast, including the always amazing Phillip Seymour Hoffman, and if you're not careful, you might just learn a thing or two. It's remarkable, uncanny, really, how the events of 20 years ago parallel much of what's happening today. History repeating itself. Doomed to be repeated. History as cautionary tale. Alas, this particular one comes to theaters a bit late. Check it out!

Tonight was my second screening of the film. A week or so after my first screening, I went out and picked up the book. It's several books down on the next-read queue, but I'm gonna bump it up to the first spot, so that I can get into it with the movie still (once again) fresh in my every-smoothing mind.

I wonder if Aaron Sorkin wrote himself into this script as a certain minor character, or perhaps it was actually him. Would be too perfectly kooky if that was the case.

Keep on keepin on~

1 comment:

Wuzzon said...

I knew pretty much about the situation. But not about the "playboy" part :-)