Monday, January 30, 2012

'Splendor in the Grass' Open Thread

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  1. Well, I started into the show. It is funny how your perception of things change as you grow older and have more life experiences. Of course, some of it is a bit over the top, with Bud's father being completely insensitive and unable to listen or help those around him (whom he does love), but at least a part of it rings true to me. I am familiar with the frustration that Bud feels, toward his father certainly, but toward Deannie as well. I think Eric Stoltz's portrayal of Daniel Graystone being very unable or unwilling to listen to his daughter Zoe was far more believable, but the sentiment is the same.

    For his first film appearance, the young Warren Beatty is unreal. He is so good, and of course has naturally likeable qualities that shine through - the easy confidence, athleticism and rugggedly handsome presence. But he is so believeable as young Bud Stamper... the teasing and cajoling of Deannie over at her parents home, the sense at school that he has something more to say to her, but he really can't put it into words...all done very well. And his frustration! When he pushed Deannie down and told her to beg him as a slave gave me such a flash of anger, but his immediate remorse for hurting her feelings made me realize that that was actually how he felt, like a slave being toyed with and jerked around by the people around him, and he didn't know what to do with his feelings about it. So frustrating to see how his Dad was totally unable to hear him. And he needed his Dad, to at least hear him, if not help him fix things. What lousy advise he got from his Dad. I got as far as Bud getting treatments at the doctors, and I had a glimmer of hope that here was someone who perhaps Bud could talk to and air out his feelings, be reassured that they were all normal and ultimately a good thing, to get grounded and perhaps get some wise counsel, but no, those hopes were dashed. The doc couldn't do anything to help him...and Bud's dissappointment and resignation.. Beatty was just great in that scene.

    There's lots more to say. I didn't even get a chance to mention Deannie! I'll hope to finish it tonight.

    What did you think? Did you like it at all?