Everything is Illuminated (2005)

everything-is-illuminated-movie-poster-2005-1020348088[after Alex asks why he collects family artifacts] “I don’t know, why does anybody do anything? It’s just… something to do.” – Jonathan

Number of Times Seen – 1  (11 Dec 2013)

Brief Synopsis – A young man travels to Russia to try to track down a woman who saved his grandfather during WWII.

My Take on it – This is a movie that I wanted to like more than I did.  It was done in such a weird way that I was so tempted to turn it off many times, but ultimately am glad that I stuck it out.

The theme of this movie is attempting to learn about the past in order to find meaning in the present and it is definitely done in an interesting way.

Elijah Wood plays the main character searching for the woman who saved his grandfather during WWII.  His characters is a collector who safeguards everything he finds in plastic Ziploc bags and via these items, he creates a picture of the history of his life and of his ancestors lives.

His journey thru Russia is, to say the least, filled with interesting events and at the end of that journey, everyone involved (including the viewer) get the feeling that the journey was worthwhile and we each can take something with us that can give us a better understanding of life.

This movie is adapted from the book which is probably even better than the movie because I think the material would come out much richer in print than they were able to put on the screen.

Bottom Line – Good movie that is probably a better book, but delves well into the idea of searching and savoring the past in an attempt to find meaning in life. Recommended!

Rating – Globe Worthy


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