Monday, October 7, 2013

The Big Chill

I was slightly disappointed with The Big Chill, an 80s movie I loved as a teenager. At the time I thought it was so intense and deep and complex.

A group of former college friends reunite 15 years later at the funeral of one of the group who had committed suicide, and they spend a weekend together reacquainting with each other, reminiscing, and coming to terms with the loss of their friend. In addition they explore where the various directions their lives have taken since college.

The Big Chill has an enjoyable light touch, even as it goes into darker places. It covers a lot of emotional terrain in an easy-going way, and all the characters are likable. I guess I just didn't feel it was as "deep" as I remembered it. But I still enjoyed it. And even cried at the end.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

you were a teenager so that was why you thought it was deep--if you saw it for the first time now you would have simply enjoyed it without the disappointment--a far superior film from kasdan btw was the brilliant body heat! entirely diferent of course..;.