Denouement: The Final Resolution of the Movie “Wild”

LatMovie_Wildely, I have been disappointed with stories and movies telling me the final resolution (denouement) instead of showing me as the rest of the movie or story did. The movie/story ends (resolution), but the loose ends are not tidied up until the denouement.

An example of denouement is Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Macbeth. The resolution is that Macduff kills Macbeth, but the denouement occurs when Malcolm TELLS the audience his plans to restore Scotland into its former organized society before Macbeth turned the once-peaceful kingdom into a murder mayhem.

Denouement–[dey-noo-mahn]

2. the place in the plot at which this occurs.
3. the outcome or resolution of a doubtful series of occurrences.
In Reese Witherspoon’s Wild, the story is slow in picking up, but when it revves up, the plot progresses quite suspensefully. Any movie that features a mother and/or father dying will see me crying my eyes out, and I cried my fill at this movie when Reese’s character loses her on-screen mother (Laura Dern).
Anyway, I am impressed with Reese’s performance, having seen lots of her movies. However, I am disappointed with the hurried ending where the producer decides to tell me the denouement rather than show me the final ending. The resolution is that Reese, playing the role of real-life Cheryl Strayed, completes hiking the Pacific Crest Trail without prior experience amid applause from fellow hikers. She tidies up her derailed and self-destructive life into the semblance of a happy ending, which is true denouement.
I wish the producer had seen fit to show me clips of the new family rather than telling me about it.
Overall, a great performance by all!

What Do “Top Five” and “Annie” Have in Common?

Top Five lined up a powerhouse of comedy Who’s Who, from Whoopee, Ben Vereen, Jerry Seinfeld, Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, and Cedric the Entertainer to Sherri Shepherd, J.B Smoove, Traci Morgan, and Kevin Hart, and a whole lot more. I laughed. Don’t get me wrong, but I wanted to laugh more than the movie delivered punch lines. It was a semi-serious movie.

Pan over to Annie, not orphan Annie as 10-year old Annie insisted. The A-listers Jamie Foxx and Cameron Diaz put Emmy-worthy performances. Not to be outdone, Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale, and spunky Quvenzhanè Wallis brought in A-list worthy performances.

But what do these two movies have in common? Jay-Z!!! Unbeknownst to me (and I always wait for the credits), Jay-Z co-produced both movies. He co-produced Top Five with Kanye West and co-produced Annie with Will and Jada Smith!

You go, Jay-Z! I am impressed.

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My top five are–

Michael Jackson

Prince

Maxwell

Barry White and

Teddy Pendergrass, in that order.

 

What is your top five?

Friday Peaked!

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Some of my students requested my presence at their Invite-a-Teacher event in Home Economics. I was much honored! The huge classroom transformed into a formal dining room. Students set the round tables in muted tones of green and dotted the cotton tablecloths with fresh flowers.  20141205_083957

We dined on crunchy green leaves and croutons in the Caesar salad, soft and savory ground meat buried under tasty lasagna and topped with a pile of gooey cheese, and buttered toast where the butter indented the bread.

For dessert, we chose between cheesecake and pumpkin squares. I accompanied my cheesecake with milk-drenched coffee sans sugar. (I never add table sugar to anything that is already prepared.)

Estefenia, Martha, and Vivian made the cheesecake, so I had to have that delicacy. They kept me company and made interesting conversations that caused me to laugh often. You made my day, ladies!20141205_090024

Being in that room took me 20141205_090000back to my own days as a Home Ec student. After the teacher introduced new British or international dishes at Girls’ High School, I would run home from the dormitory, buy the ingredients, and cook it for Papa. He ate all the familiar and unfamiliar dishes and never hurt my feelings. My father.

Thanks for a day that peaked!