WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE HUMAN ?

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In the trailer, “BICENTINNIAL MAN” 1999, was present as the next Robin Williams’ comedy … that is so wrong, cause a 13-15 child cannot understand the complexity of this movie. It is so much more than just another “Ha ha” comedy. There are a lot of subtle message in each part of the movie.

 

The Martin family receives delivery of a NDR-114, a servant android (Robin Williams). The Android, named Andrew, begins to display some personal interest as curiosity, compassion, … feelings that a robot shouldn’t have. Mr Richard Martin (Sam Neil), the owner, noticed his difference and decide to teach him, time was endless for Andrew, he can be whatever he wants to be. Time pass by and Andrew is growing up. Despite his intelligence and knowledge, the way he perceives things changes. He discovers life, friendship, death, freedom, and love. He becomes as complex as a human can be…

 

“Bicentennial Man” is based on Isaac Asimov’s book.. The story take place in a near future and it last like 200 years … compress in 1H 30.  The directed, Chris Columbus (he did Rent!!!) and his crew made an excellent job : the vision effect and the make up are astounding. It’s unbelievable how realistic they made the age advancing make-up. Robin Williams (Jack, Flubber), is one of those actor having the ability to make people laugh and cry at the same time. And a special bravo to James Horner (Titanic, Braverheart) music composer for the soundtrack, it is just amazing. Personally, I prefer the classic version, but Celine Dion’s performance for “Then you look at me” is not that bad.

 

This movie can’t be assimilate as a “Pinocchio” fairy tale. It arises a delicate subject as the definition of humanity itself. Isaac Asimov, the writer, has a complete different vision of our future.FYI, the movies A.I. and I Robot were based on his novel as well. He open up our eyes to something new, a new vision : the point of view of humanity from a robot. It shows how complex and beautiful we are, that even a robot which time is endless and knowledge is unlimited, envy us. Our capacity to feel and to love is the best gift given to us, that makes us so special, no more, no less. So be proud whoever you are, cause you are unique.

 

“As a robot, I can live forever but I prefer to die in dignity as a human being”

 

 

La Vie Bohème

 

 

At the beginning, “Rent” 1996 was a show performed on Broadway by Taye Diggs (Benny), Wilson Jermaine Heredia (Angel), Jesse L. Martin (Collins), Idina Menzel (Maureen), Adam Pascal (Roger), and Anthony Rapp (Mark). Created by creator Jonathan Larson, this rock opera got a Pulitzer Prize and a Tony Award just then. Ten years after, Chris Columbus adapted the story on the big screen with the same cast (except Rosario Dawson as Mimi).

 

This musical begin with all the cast lining up, performing the first song : Season of love.

Just at the title, you can imagine what kind of movie it will be : those dim-witted romantic movies … You’re  all wrong. In reality, “Rent” tells the story of a group friends living the Bohemian life in New York City between 1989 – 1990. Among the group are :

Mark Cohen : love-struck filmmaker and penniless but still hope for a better life.

Roger Davis : HIV-positive musician and former junkie, trying hard to reconnect with music,

Maureen Johnson : Mark’s former girlfriend, artist in her free time

Joanne Jefferson : Harvard-educated public lawyer and Maureen’s girlfriend

Mimi Marquez : HIV-positive drug addicted dancer and Roger’s new girlfriend,

Tom Collins : HIV-positive computer genius, Mark and Roger’s former roommate

Benjamin Coffin III : a former member of the group who married for money…

And the last but not the least, Angel : HIV-positive drag queen street musician and Collins’ lover

 

To tell you the truth, I’ve never been in New York, so I can’t tell you how it was at that time (neither nowadays!) But, I’m sure the fear of AIDS, the shame in drug addiction or the pain of losing someone you love, those feelings are still the same. That makes this movie never outdated. Anyway, life is not easy for our bohemians : they are broke and still have to pay the rent, or it’s Christmas time and the only place where they can find friendly faces is at the  HIV-meeting. But in the middle of all that misery and pain, they still can find love and hope. How? Not just by singing (their songs are really fabulous!!!) but by showing that they love to be alive, they are proud to be different (That’s where “La Vie Bohème” song  take place!)

What would you do, how would you feel if you get to know that you have just one year left on earth? It makes you think about the way you lived and the way you want to live, right? Well, let me tell you, you never know what could happen, so don’t be anonymous, stop being so boring, try, make mistakes, dare take the risk, live each day intensely as if it was the last. The only regret we should have is not having enough time to live.  

“There’s only us
There’s only this
Forget regret
Or life is yours to miss
No other road
No other way
No day but today”