Those who really know me know that I honour friendship; as per what I have written in the previous entry (https://undomiel84.wordpress.com/2013/09/26/dear-friends-here-my-umbrella-for-infinity-from-shahrill-ramli/). For me, friendship is a bond that you build with people around you and is sacred. But of course along the way, like I said, too; time does savagely brutalize the warmth of a friendship.
“The Butler” poster.
But, it feels nice when you meet friend who still truly in his/her own essence like how you used to know them. Today, I went out with my bestfriend back in Penang Free School – Tamilchelvan. I learned that he is going to further his PhD to Denmark (this ignites my Master ambition, even more!) so I thought it will be great to meet up; Goodness knows when can we meet again? Picked him from Puduraya and off to hangout at nearby Pavilion. We talked and talked and reminisced about good old days and talked about friends that we knew or – should I say, that we USED to know?! Hahahaha. You know, doesn’t matter because in life, you meet a lot of friends and along the way, you just discard the parasites and keep the ones who are loyal and kind with you. Our friendship transcends beyond the race and religion; I used to go to his house during Deepavali and even had a picture with the Rangoli. Those were the carefree days and I sometimes longed and missed those days. But yeah, life goes on. I wish the best for my dear friend, Tamil! (,”)
My Penang Free School bestfriend, Tamilchelvan from 1997-2001. Friendship transcends religions and races. It feels nice to meet old friend who is exactly like how we used to know him/her. God bless you, my friend! “Fortis Atque Fidelis”.
We did manage to catch a movie entitled “The Butler”; starring Forest Whitaker, my inspiration Oprah Winfrey and many cameo appearance by A-listers such as Jane Fonda, Alan Rickman, Cuba Gooding Jr, Vaanessa Redgrave, John Cusack, Minka Kelly, James Marsden, Robin Williams, Mariah Carey and many more. Honestly, I think Forest Whitaker did absolutely brilliant performance in portraying the role of protagonist Cecile Gaines BUT I felt that the director didn’t really explore his talents that much; so did for Oprah’s role as Gloria – the drunkard wife; I think that if the director explored more about the character and gave memorable scene, Oprah could shine even better! Above all, the film was OK for me as I am a historical freak but I am afraid that it was a bit draggy – and having Mariah Carey as the mother of Cecile who was raped-by-the-white-owner-and-then-go-nuts; I’d say… hmm……not convincing!
Forest Whitaker’s brilliant performance.
Oprah’s understated performance. She could be brilliant if director explored more!
But, it was OK nonetheless. It’s good to see some historical elements in silverscreen masterpieces. And my heart fell for the Black Americans – on their struggles and how they had to face the Klu Klax Klan! Eeerie! But, they dared to dream like what Martin Luther King once said – and now Barack Obama, the first Black American President reigns for second term (,”). History, as it is. – The lesson? Never forget where you come from. Always remained earthed and floored. I do relate to that.
Both Jane Fonda & Alan Rickman looked similarly uncanny to Nancy & Ronald Reagan!
Mariah Carey is too beautiful to be the slave-mother of protagonist! A nay.