The greatest feeling a viewer can experience after watching a movie is feel thankful for every second of his existence leading up to the point where the ending credits roll, a thankfulness for being alive just to watch this movie. I felt it after The Shawshank Redemption the last I remember. Here I am, with tears in my eyes I swear to Nolan, writing about Little Miss Sunshine.
It is about a journey these six characters, all starkly different from the other, undertake to contest in a beauty pageant called ‘Little Miss Sunshine’. What ensues in this trip is complete mayhem and how the characters reconnect with each other after a huge dramatic twist. Each of these characters have such an inexplicable adorable vibe to them that I walked out of this movie wishing a stand alone movie for each of them.
Alan Arkin is mind-blowing as the swearing, heroine-snorting horny grandpa whose advice to his grandson Dwayne, an individual who has taken a vow of silence adhering to the principles of Neitzsche, is ‘fuck a lot of women‘. The ones offended by this is naturally the father of the boy, Richard, a man who is reminiscent of Walter from The Big Lebowski. While Walter’s mojo was Vietnam, Richard can relate anything in the world to a nine-step program he has devised for attaining success. In the midst of all this maelstrom is probably the cutest character of 21st century cinema, Olive Hooper played by Abigail Breslin, who with her rimmed glass and a heart-melting smile plastered a smile on my face throughout this movie.
This movie meant a lot to me personally because the underlining theme is about how failures make a man. Each of the characters here deal with unfulfilled dreams about aspirations and standard of living. Yet, as the movie progresses, the realization dawns upon how family always comes first, apparent from a climax which is as hilarious and heart-warming as any sequence in cinema can be.
My heart burst out with joy after watching Little Miss Sunshine. The opening shot is of Olive watching a beauty pageant and mimicking the actions of the winner. Tears rolled down my face with that very shot itself. That beautiful marriage of visuals, music and the innocence of Olive reminded me of those times when I pretended to win an Oscar. No moment in cinema has ever meant that much to me. It was a perfect shot.
RATING :- 9.5 / 10
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