‘The Art of Getting By’ – Film Review

‘The Art of Getting By’ – Film Review

I read a quote once when I was a kid “We live alone, We die alone. Everything else is just an illusion.” it used to keep me up at night.

I can’t exactly remember when the idea of life and death was fully understood, but I vividly remember that I was deeply troubled knowing the fact that one day, I will loose all that I held close to me. Little did I know back then, life in its replete avatar will offer me a melancholic masterpiece that death will always struggle to match. The protagonist goes through a similar situation at a much later stage in life than I did, but given the urbane setting of the story and the comfort enjoyed by virtue of being in a developed nation, reasons are quite clear as to why the realization came so late for him.

We’ve seen such self exploratory-deeply introspective films before. For most of the viewers, ‘The Art of Getting By’ probably would have nothing novel to offer which other films like The Perks of Being a Wallflower, 500 Days of Summer haven’t already did. One of the high points of this film is that it helps the viewers to calm themselves down. It brings your life’s tempo a notch down so that you can feel the wind playing with your hair and your heart leaking out love. Through the meaningful and resonating portrayal of its lead characters, it reminds us that it is okay to be confused in life as each of those confusing experiences will make sense later in life, when we put in perspective, the choices we made. We’ve all gone through those moments in our lives when we are unable to put names to our emotions towards people and situations and more often than people around us have blamed us for not having essential clarity of thought. If there is anything that this movie manages teach the audience, it is to own up to your feelings and give it time to make sense to you, bit by bit as you embark the journey towards self actualization.

The post is dedicated to all the misanthropes around, who are just waiting for that little magic nudge to come out of their cocoon. 🙂


Sicario – Endless Fear!

A movie takes birth not when the camera starts rolling or when the final print is viewed in theatre but at that seminal moment when the viewer starts to pick elements of the movie and connect those with emotions or incidents in his life. This is not to say fantasy movies are any lesser than the realistic ones but I find the emotional bridge between the viewer and the film is more visible is in the movies like Sicario.


The movie has received accolades from various quarters including academy award nominations so I don’t need to be eloquent on how good the movie is. I would like to congratulate the crew for its audacity to make a film that contains a story, fictional or not, which clearly exposes the wrong doings and ends up too bitter for administrators to take. The beauty of free speech!

However, I’d like to speak about one particular emotion present in the movie that resonated with me at a personal level – Fear! The character of Emily Blunt embodies fear and tension like how Donald Trump continues to thrive on all the hatred from the world of sensible people.

Astutely, the director attempts to establish a correlation between fear and helplessness, making the characters of Sicario is walking the tightrope of being feared and fearful. After a point of time, the viewer get so involved that he could feel the helplessness vicariously when Emily is made to bite the dust, quite literally.

The movie was also educative in the sense that I learned that the governmental and police control over drug dissemination in America and perhaps elsewhere in the world is depended on dominance of a single drug cartel. Administration becomes a lot easier when monopoly prevails. An interesting public administration and policing lesson!

Brace yourself for sicario, if you’re looking for an emotional distraction and want to rekindle your connection with one of the most primordial of human emotions – Fear!