I’ve heard of this movie, but never seen it. Several times now, though, I’ve seen the following quote and it makes me want to look this one up.
Mr. Magorium: [to Molly, about dying] When King Lear dies in Act V, do you know what Shakespeare has written? He’s written “He dies.” That’s all, nothing more. No fanfare, no metaphor, no brilliant final words. The culmination of the most influential work of dramatic literature is “He dies.” It takes Shakespeare, a genius, to come up with “He dies.” And yet every time I read those two words, I find myself overwhelmed with dysphoria. And I know it’s only natural to be sad, but not because of the words “He dies.” but because of the life we saw prior to the words.
Having no context for this quote within the movie, I’m confused. First of all, “He dies” is a stage direction, and it’s the exact same stage direction everybody gets when they die. So there’s no significance in that. As for “No brilliant final words”, you’ve chosen a senile old man clutching his daughter’s dead body, what exactly did you expect? Go see Hamlet for deep thoughts.
But then Mr. M goes and says exactly what I’m saying when he points out “because of the life we saw prior to those words.” Well, yeah, exactly. So….what exactly was your point about the “He dies” thing and the no brilliant last words? Did you want brilliant last words, or did you want a life prior?
So, two questions. First, somebody feel free to explain this quote to me in context. Second, is this a movie that my kids would like? What is it rated, and if it’s not G, why (i.e. is it violent, language, etc…)? If it’s a kids movie with real people that happens to have Shakespeare in it, I’m all over it.