遲來的觀後感 – 生日快樂

films / 電影

當初看到關於電影《生日快樂》的新聞時,知道是古天樂和劉若英的組合,覺得很新鮮。印象中的古天樂比較少演愛情電影或電視劇(想了很久,才想到《寵物情緣》)。近來他最令人有深刻印象的角色大概是《黑社會》系列裡那到大學上課的古惑仔。而劉若英,雖然有聽聞過她的幾套電影,例如《少女小漁》和《天下無賊》,但我都沒有看過(sorry!)。對她的認識,都是來自她的歌(詳見前文《很愛很愛你》)。

但這一次,當知道這電影是由劉若英所寫的同名短篇改編而成之後,我的興趣就來了。自己的故事會被改編成電影,是很多寫作人的夢想吧?

電影拍攝時,古天樂的對白是以粵語讀出,劉若英則用國語。我第一次看的時候,一直也聽不出配音的是誰。但Rainbow姐聽不了兩句,就認出那是郭藹明。果真是「高耳」。也許正如Rainbow姐所說,因為郭藹明也是演員的關係,所以她能「入戲」,彷彿就是她在演小米這角色似的(在某程度上,她是在演小米吧!)。

電影初段裡,一句電郵裡的話,引起了我的注意:There are things I care about every day but can only say it once a year.

不知道有多少人的心中,都有一個人,雖然沒有和他或她在一起,但卻一直惦念著的呢?也許,她是大學時曾經暗戀過的女生;他也許是初戀的男朋友。在每年生日的時候,掛念的一方也許會循電郵/短訊/MSN (Oops, Windows Live)給對方簡短的一句生日快樂。縱使大概得不到回應,但還是有非做不可的感覺。

對於正在掛念別人的人來說,生日,真的是表達關心的好時機。在情人節表達關心大概會讓對方誤會你有非分之想,其他節日又好像有點突兀。但在生日那一天,誰也可以(也都會)送上祝福,是個很「安全」的日子。

跟父母看的時候,他們好像不太了解小米和小南之間那不是情侶,也不是朋友的關係。為甚麼小南明明是愛著小米,但卻和別的女人在一起?這一點,我是這樣看的:愛不愛對方是一回事,在不在一起又是另外一會事。一直而來,小米都對自己沒有信心。也許,她和小南在大學時便成為正式的情侶的話,他們的關係很快便完了,再也沒有以後的交集。

我很喜歡電影的主題曲。陳輝陽的曲,林夕那貼切到不得了的詞,再加上劉若英的演繹,彷彿訴說了小米的心情:

生日快樂
詞:林夕
曲:陳輝陽
編:陳輝陽
唱:劉若英

彷彿你就在我身邊 等待了一年 又一年
對你的思念 三百六十五天
我只等 這一天 勇敢地把從前
情人節快樂 變成 祝你生日快樂

I love you 說不出口的傾訴 I miss you
讓掛念 代替了 相處 瞬間是永遠 談情變祝福
可惜 甜言也帶苦

I love you 是最完美的結束 I miss you
一輩子 靠今天 接觸 瞬間是永遠 談情變祝福
可惜 都於事無補

今夜 有人陪你慶祝 不枉 我一年的孤獨
請你 原諒我 不多寫一個字 像 普通人模糊
多一字 多份痛 今夜 我不想哭
Happy Birthday To You Happy Birthday To You



Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

films / 電影

I first heard of the film “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” back when I was watching the Academy Awards in 2005 (you can tell I’m not very into films at all). Afterwards, I saw some favourable reviews from reading blogs and etc. from others. I didn’t get to watch the film until earlier tonight. I am actually glad that I watched it tonight instead of a year ago, since I think the film can really be appreciated only if the viewer had actually experienced a break-up. This film is about erasing memory of a relationship, afterall.

While the concept of physically removing memory from the brain is impractical in reality (given that it is possible to erase some memory, what do you do with the “holes”?), I think it is used to depict when a person broke up with his/her ex-, sometimes there’s an urge or desire to go out of his/her way to “get him/her out of his/her life” (i.e. by forcing himself/herself to change his/her habits so that he/she won’t be reminded of the ex-).

It is also interesting that the memories in the film were erased from the most recent (arguments that lead to the break-up and the break-up itself) to the oldest (the sweet times that the protagonists had together). I guess as the anger and fustration fades away in time, the good memories would remain, hopefully.

I’m always of the opinion that one should not try to deliberately abandon certain memories, because the past experiences, good or bad, form the basis of the identity of a person. I am who I am because of what happened in the past. People should always move on and look to the future, but there’s a difference between accepting the past, learn from it and move on or just simply running away from it.

On the IMDB message board, I saw some complaints about the film is too difficult to follow. Well, I guess it would be kind of hard to follow for people who like action-packed movies with a straight-forward plot. I was a little confused at the beginning (I would like to think the director wanted it that way :p), but I stayed with it and things became clear and understandable (although admittedly I still missed a couple points, after reading some discussion). I actually like films which does not tell the story in a totally chronically straight-forward manner, such as Memento, 冷靜與熱情之間, 玻璃之城, 心動, 男人四十, to name a few.

Wow, a long post. :p In closing (this post is long enough that it requires a closing, haha), I would like to re-introduce (or to introduce for some of you) an old but excellent song from Eason Chan, which is related to the theme of the film.

新生活

詞:黃偉文
曲:陳奕迅
編:李漢金

這一個字母 那一闕樂與怒
每一個月初的八號
這一帶別到 這齣戲別再做
這種藍綠色 不要亂塗
對你有過這麼深的愛慕
處處是記號

舊情太多 新生活要好好過
世間要除去什麼
物証摧毀掉五千億個
也不要留低一個

某些名共姓 某餐店的風景
某一套漫畫主角造型
掃光了物証 炸毀全部風景
難道懷念方可以暫停
與你有過這麼多的約定
處處是記認

舊情太多 新生活要好好過
世間要除去什麼
物証摧毀掉五千億個
也不要留低一個

讓我將生活徹底擊破
砌一個全新的我
將生活再清洗過
到底我還有什麼
就算摧毀掉五千億個
我心裡還有一個



Hitch

films / 電影

Watched “Hitch” today. I like that line from Will Smith in the beginning:

“Don’t use what you don’t have.”