Friday, March 8, 2013

The Impossible (Take 1)

Today we have not one but two people here at the Bookshelf commenting on the Ewan McGregor/Naomi Watts film The Impossible. Here's Michelle; next comes Andrew.

An Appreciation of Family

If you have the ability to carve two hours out of your schedule anytime between now and Tuesday, March 12th, I'd highly suggest heading to The Bookshelf cinema for a chance to see The Impossible.  I saw it last night and haven't been able to stop thinking about it ever since.  Habitually, I kiss my sleeping children before going to bed myself each night, but this movie made me actually climb right into each of their beds—top bunk included—for that goodnight kiss. It permeated my dreams and made me so, so thankful for the husband and family I woke up to this morning.

The Impossible is the incredible true story of a family who were celebrating Christmas in Thailand when the tsunami of 2004 hit.  Far from the average Hollywood disaster movie, The Impossible shows us just how strong the bonds of family can become when tested. It is wrenching and jarring and at times extremely hard to watch, so "enjoy" would not be the right word to use as I send you on your way to see it.  More like ready yourself, bring tissues and prepare for a harrowing journey that will leave you with such a fine appreciation for the loved ones in your life.

 - Michelle

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