Since my semester ended last week, I have watched several movies. Most of those movies were borrowed from the library, but I also watched a few new releases. The new releases were The Day the Earth Stood Still, Seven Pounds, and Gran Torino. I know what you are going to ask... Yes, I had made the resolution of watching only one movie per week, but let me explain that in my next blog. Right now, I just want to talk about the movie that I liked immensely, i.e., Gran Torino. More specifically I want to talk about its maker: Clint Eastwood.
I just find it amazing that the 78 year old man is so creatively prolific. Eastwood directed two movies that were released recently: Changeling and Gran Torino. I haven't seen Changeling yet, but after watching Gran Torino, I surely don't want to miss it. In Gran Torino, Eastwood is also the main protagonist. Eastwood again plays the role of a loner, this time as a Korean War veteran who has recently lost his wife. Like the loner of yesteryears (as in The Dollars Trilogy), he is tough and independent, though now he finds it difficult to resist the good food offered by his neighbors. Staying alone myself, I could exactly understand how his character felt, when he would have difficulty denying the tasty food offered by his neighbor. I am not a movie critic - so, I don't want to spend too much time talking about the movie. But I really enjoyed the nuanced acting of Eastwood. And the movie's ending was great - I have seen too many good movies that mess up the ending.
Coming back to Eastwood, I find it really inspiring seeing somebody being able to make very good quality movies even in their "old age." In India, we have Dev Anand who at 85 years is still busy making movies. Although all his recent movies have been flops, and I haven't seen any of them to make any judgments about their quality, I certainly admire the spirit of the octogenarian. With all the wealth and fame these guys have, they don't need to be working so hard at their age, but they continue to take more challenging assignments. Sometime ago, my friend Wahi, had asked me my opinion on "life beginning at 40." Seeing how active some people are in their 80s, 40 seems like infancy. Of course, Eastwood and Dev Anand were both very successful much before reaching 40, but the fact that they are so productive in their old age shows that it is never too late to begin one's life.
For my readers who are under 40: Just because they say life begins at 40, you don't have to wait until 40 - start living your life now - just do what you love to do. Many people decide on their actions very strategically; they decide what to do based on their perceived likelihood of their specific actions leading to success. When it comes to self, I think, thinking strategically is a bogus strategy - one should just do what one loves and enjoys doing. At the end of the day, even if you are not successful (in the traditional sense), you can rejoice in the fact that you enjoyed your day thoroughly.