Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Chasing Amy - What happens after the boy and the girl walk into the sunset...
"It's not who you love. It's how."
Picture this : Its raining heavily, the hero is in a car with his lady friend for whom he secretly harbors feelings. She gifts him a painting that was stuck in a coffee shop as a token for something to remember her by, our hero snaps, here he tells her "I love you", the statement coming out of the blue like a thunderclap (which does happen when he says this line). The heroine feels like the ground beneath her had torn apart, she doesn't take it well and gets out of the car, its a downpour and the heroine gets all wet, our hero pursues her and shouting on top of his voice he argues with her for all the pain that she has unknowingly put him through, "I can't stand next to you without wanting to hold you. I can't-I can't look into your eyes without feeling that-that longing you only read about in trashy romance novels. I can't talk to you without wanting to express my love for everything you are.." is what he says. Our heroine argues that she had always treated him as a friend, and she has her own reservations of getting into a relationship with a guy, and between all this argument, the hero pulls her towards her and they start kissing each other drenched from head to toe in the rain. You think they are gonna live happily ever after, but hold on, you are watching a Kevin Smith film....
And like any other Kevin Smith film, we have lots of talk revolving around sex and what are the ways in which people indulge in an intercourse, and the usual dose of Star Wars trivia. The story begins by showing the chemistry between two best friends Banky(superbly played by Jason Lee) and Holden (Ben Affleck) who are comic book artists. Enter Alyssa Jones, and nothing remains the same after that. Holden falls for Alyssa well knowing that she is a lesbian(Kevin Smith throws an unusual trait in his female lead for a reason known later). It works out well between Alyssa and Holden much to Banky's chagrin, but the wounded yaar returns digging up dirt from Alyssa's past just to get back at her for having stolen his buddy.
"Chasing Amy" does not just end after boy meets girl, it speaks about what happens after that, it speaks of the discomforts that a guy would undergo when he comes to know of his girlfriend's sexcapades in her younger days (this situation may be more relevant to the western audience), but even we guys may feel insecure if we are found lacking when compared to our girlfriends' previous sexual conquests. There are some brow- raising conversations between Holden and Alyssa that revolve around lesbianism, which may sound crude and may have to be watched with an open mind. And for all the Jay and Silent Bob freaks, they do make a small appearance in final stages of the movie where Silent Bob empathises with Holden's feeling and coins the term "Chasing Amy", owing to a similar experience which he had undergone.
Kevin Smith's "Chasing Amy" speaks about not whom we love, but loving them inspite of the way they were.