Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Some of my comments on the movie "Boulevard"


by S N Smith -- Oct 21st, 2014

"The central message of the movie is the sad consequences of living one's life as a lie and not being true to oneself or to those around you."

Today I watched the 2014 movie "Boulevard" starring Robin Williams in his final on-screen role before his tragic passing. Williams stars as a moderately successful banker, Nolan Mack, who has worked at the same bank for 26 years. His marriage to his wife Joy (Kather Baker) is one of convenience which acts as a distraction from the lie he has been living since he was 12 years old. Nolan and Joy live in the same house but essentially lead separate lives. They don't even sleep in the same bed even though they generally get along with one another. 

In the movie Nolan is now 60 and has to confront the truth about himself that he has not revealed to anyone in the past 48 years. He sees his time slipping away and he feels compelled to confront his secret. The way he goes about doing this is not always the wisest course of action and he hurts himself and others along the way, but it is essential if he is to gain redemption.

I will not ruin the plot for you as the suspense is part of the appeal of the movie but, at least for me, the central message of the movie is the sad consequences of living one's life as a lie and not being true to oneself or to those around you. After watching this movie one is left with a sense that one's life is wasted and sad if lived with a lack of authenticity and the chances of embracing one's real truth is not always an easy path to take.