Last week I rented "Elizabethtown" and "The Weather Man." Both were excellent films.
There's quote from "The Weather Man" -- "All of the people I could be, they got fewer and fewer until finally they got reduced to only one -- and that's who I am. The weather man." That's what Nicholas Cage's character is -- a man whose entire life is a clumsy disappointment. One of the trade papers calls it "one of the biggest downers to emerge from a major studio in recent memory -- an overbearingly glum look at a Chicago celebrity combing through the emotional wreckage of his life."
When I was watching this movie, it was almost like looking at a really dark gloomy painting -- depressing but fascinating, an emotional wreck that keeps haunting you long after.
"Elizabethtown" is a different spin of a boy-meets-girl scenario. It starts with Drew's mistake which cost his company $972 million dollars, "a failure of mythic proportions, a folk tale that makes other people feel better because it didn't happen to them." He contemplates suicide when he finds out that his father suddenly died.
What follows is a journey of self-discovery -- literal and figurative, placing his life in perspective with the help of undyingly optimistic Claire with whom he can't help but fall in love.