Tuesday, March 29, 2016

100 reasons why Mommy is my favorite film of all time: Part IX

Moving from 1-10, 11-20, 21-30, 31-40, 41-50, 51-60, 61-70 & 71-80...

Reason #81

No I'm not ok... 

Reason #82

These words...so rich with subtext and metaphoric meaning.

Reason #83

As the rain starts to fall (I don't care what you say, I love this form of gimmicky storytelling) the window literally is crying.  The two raindrops, appearing like tears, staining the right side of the window.  Even God weeps for the tragedy befalling this family.

Reason #84

And here we are, brought full circle again.  Remember that opening scene, when we first see Kyla through her rear-view mirror?  Here she is again, about to witness a car wreck of sorts, and her face is wrecked with the pain of knowing she can't do anything to stop it.

Reason #85

Kyla's panic within the confines of the car is such a brutal moment to watch, but for me it's the way she absolutely loses it the moment she hears Steve utter those words, "Mom".  It's too much for her to take, too much for her to bare.  Her relationship with this mother/son duo has reached a point where she is so invested, so connected that they have essentially become her family, and when she hears that word, that cry for help, it's as if he's speaking directly to her.

Reason #86

Reason #87

Speaking of that image, these three images (all previously mentioned) spoke so strongly to me upon this particular viewing.  In a way, the tell the progression of a dream lost.  The fact that they all resemble various stages of Christ dying on the cross pack such a brutal punch.  In the first image we have Steve, mere moments before the film's sequence of happiness (during the Wonderwall scene, when the aspect ratio expands) and in this shot we see a freedom that is sweeping over Steve, a freedom he hasn't felt in years.  In the second image, we have the dream attacked by the reality of lack of freedom, but he has his support system, his loved ones to keep him upright, to keep help him push on.  Sadly, in the final frame, he has no one to carry him any longer and his dream has effectively been destroyed.

Reason #88

It's as if Kyla's own view of Die has been drastically altered.

Reason #89

Reason #90

All Steve ever needed was reassurance that he was doing alright, and as long as his mother was giving him that, pandering him almost, he could deal with himself because he knew that she, deep down, believed in him.  That moment, after the fight with Paul, when she confirmed what he had always suspected, that he ruined everything, she took away that reassurance.  Note, this is in no way shape or form meant to criticize Die as a mother or even criticize her outburst, her words, because I get it, I understand her (and I've been there), but in Steve's mind, he lost something that day, and it was that moment that sent him in a dangerous, downward spiral.  Here he is, at the bottom of the barrel, seeking approval in order to get back what he lost.


  1. Love the last paragraph. That persistent need for validation as he's leaving chaos in his wake. That's one of the most real and honest things about the movie.

  2. Ugh, #85, #87, and #90...so much YES.

  3. I always took this that Die was just so, so tired and exhausted from loving him and being loved by him. I felt the pain he had being strapped Ina straighten kept, no longer able to fly. I still think it is horrible that his wings were clipped.