Okay, for the first time in many years, my husband and I sat down on the couch determined to restart The Quest. I really wanted to watch a western, but Mr. Lunchmeat insisted that the movie be made after 1980. If you’re familiar with The List, that’s rather limiting, but we decided to watch “The Big Chill”. My in-laws have always spoken highly of it, so my hubby actually wanted to see it.
This movie was AWESOME. Admittedly, being in my thirties and a Michigan grad may make me slightly prejudiced toward a movie about a group of (Michigan) college friends reuniting due to a friend’s funeral.
It’s hard to make a movie that still feels relevant thirty years later, but this movie manages to be a perfect combination of comedy and drama. The dialogue between the friends is pitch perfect. The relationships are messy but feel genuine. And their reactions to their friend’s suicide are both interesting and believable. One friend is crushed by his suicide, several are confused, and several are too broken themselves to allow it to carry any weight. Most of the friends were no longer in touch, and all of them are wondering what happened to their youthful idealism.
The real triumph of this movie is watching the friends return to each other. As someone who has a lot of close friends who live out-of-state, I’ve seen how this can go either way. And it’s always amazing to see how true friendship can overcome both emotional and physical distance.
I’m not going to say anything else about this movie because if you haven’t seen it, you really should!