And Death shall be no more;
Death, thou shall die!
And Death shall be no more,
Death thou shall die.
WIT (2001). Life and death begin as mere entities that may give birth to a complex body of work with a lot of scope for word play. They seem abstract. They seem to make Poetry. Slowly, they become personal; so personal that there lasts no more word plays or abstraction. Humanity takes over creativity. Feelings take over grey matter. Emotions take over a strong will. Emma Thompson aka Vivian Bearing is the kinds who makes fun of her own misery. Plain cold humour.
One can't help but have a silent dialogue with her at every point of the movie as she talks to you, eye to eye. Mostly the eye talks louder. You will find yourself looking into a pair of assertive blue eyes, that does not express in sync with the emotions that her words express. She is tough. She likes it that way. She renders the words life,death and eternity with the same tone as if they are mere words. I would give it to you if you could watch the movie without finding yourself in the same room as of hers by the end of it all.
Dialogues and delivery take the limelight. You better free all your senses while sitting to watch the movie. No multitasking shall take place. It shall be you and Vivian having a dialogue for the next one and a half hours. You are allowed to weep, laugh and talk to her in those one and a half hours.There shall be moments where you might feel sorry for Vivian while she has brief but tough times with the indifferent, information rich and research hungry physicians. While their insensitivity might evoke sympathy in you, it evokes amusement in Vivian. You should be getting to know her better now. The dialogues are painfully funny and 'wit'ty. To decide what to be done after your heart stops, whether to get your chest pumped out and triggering the heart to function or to let it go, while wetting your bed out of fear is a situation Vivian is put in. Beat that.
Be prepared and toughen up to watch this masterpiece. Hey watch it anyway. Its worthy of a disturbed mind and a few sleepless nights. WIT is magnificent. It is on the face. Watch it 'atleast once' before you die.
|MOVIE : Wit|
DIRECTOR : Mike Nichols
ACTOR: Emma Thompson
Picture Courtesy : Cantstopthemovies.com