The Words (2012)

Filed under : drama, review

When this film first came out, I really wanted to see it. To be honest, the trailer really intrigued me. However, I was not able to see it due to its limited engagement in select cities. So, I was excited when it finally came out on DVD — it was well worth the wait.

Let me just start off by saying, this is not your typical kind of movie. There is not much action and it does not follow the regular linear formula of most movies. Though, it does have a good storyline that is very well told. And, that is what makes this film unique — it is not the kind of movie you think it is.

At first glance, I thought I had the movie all figured out after seeing the trailer. However, as I sat and watched the story unfold I found myself surprised and at awe at how different it was from what I thought — the way the story was told made this picture more enjoyable.

Without getting too much into the plot, I will say it is a movie about stories and stories within stories. Sometimes the lines between fact and fiction get closer and closer together causing us to question what is true and what is not. Though, who is to know the truth? The storyteller or the audience? It’s left up to you to decide.

(Note: For those who saw the film, I thought it was kind of neat how they kept us guessing towards the end. And even then, we were left to draw our own conclusions.)

Throughout the story, it explores the subject of morality — what is right and what is wrong. There are situations and chances given to the characters to choose a certain path. Many times we are left cheering for a certain side only to find out quite the opposite had happened. Though, I guess that is part of the experience of hearing a story.

At its core, this movie is about the power of storytelling and how really good stories can affect us. At times, we may feel so much for the characters that we want to believe and the lines between what is real and what is not real start to come together.

Overall, I enjoyed this picture very much. It had a good storyline and a powerful message about the art of storytelling. Though, it is not a film for everyone. It kind of leaves you at the end drawing your own conclusion on what to believe which is not well received by everyone. However, I think that was the point they were trying to get across — the power of stories and how they can really draw us in.

If you’re in the mood for a drama type of movie, you may want to check this one out.

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(Note: For those who saw the film, I’d be interested in hearing your thoughts on it. Thanks for reading!)

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