Monday, January 27, 2014

Young Adam's Brogue

J: But who's Adam? Matt's right. It has to be something to do with the fact that the barge is named "Atlantic Eve."

M: That's what I'm thinking, but I'm still not sure how.

J: So in a Biblical sense, what would a young Adam represent? An Adam without Eve? An Adam who doesn't know God? Male selfishness, fueled by erotic desire?

M: Whoa, but... Adam didn't know sin until Eve. So...

J: So this is young Adam, after Eve but before the fall?

M: So, pre-fruit?

J: There was no fruit in this movie. Just lots of awkward Scottish sex. And cigarettes.

M: Too true.

J: And one very lusty male protagonist. [opens champagne bottle]

[Champagne flies everywhere. Cork hits Jenna atop head. No one is unscathed.]

M: Well, that was interesting...

J: Certainly not, um, a, uh... what am I trying to say... not a metaphor for our "lusty protagonist."

M: Quite appropriate.

J: Like, hit me right in the head. After bouncing off your ceiling. Thanks Christmas-champagne!

M: That's what you get for looking in the clearance section.

J: You know that was like $3, right?

M: Well-spent.

J: Worth every penny.

M: Clearly. So the movie... What did you think?

J: Basically, I felt bad for anyone Joe came in to contact with. He's not a stand-up guy, and he's driven by some grief-related sexual tension.

Shall I kill you now? Or later?
M: For the sake of our faithful readers, won't you try to provide a brief synopsis?

J: We meet Joe working on a coal barge in Glasgow, Scotland. He and Les discover a young woman floating in the Atlantic. The rest of the movie devolves into a series of flashbacks and Joe's torrid affairs with married women. The movie ends with the trial of the man accused of killing Cathie (the young woman found in the ocean). I would say no one wins.

M: I mean, Joe might win?

J: If anyone wins, it's Joe, which is unfortunate. I prefer to think that he's haunted by the ghosts of those he's wronged. But, that's hard to tell. He seems so shameless.

M: [laughs] Sorry, I was just thinking about the cork hitting your head again. It was like, dead center of your head. It was amazing.

J: I just can't believe you saw it. Popped me right on the noggin.

M: Just out of the corner of my eye. I still can't quite believe it.

J: That's the only thing that could have happened to make this blog post OK.

M: Well, yeah.

J: What did you think of the movie?

M: Well, I'm debating getting another beer. No, but seriously. The Scottish brogues were difficult, at best. However, I found myself translating more than a few times. I'm quite proud. Also, I kept waiting for Mr. MacGregor to burst in to song from behind his typewriter.

The hills are alive... with the sound of music?
J: It's only natural. The movies are only like 3 years apart.

M: Maybe we should have just watched Moulin Rouge...

J: Touche! Although, personally, I absolutely loved the Scottish brogues. It may be my favorite accent. I just kept thinking of Mrs. Hughes, and the family I stayed with in Scotland. I want to go back...

M: Yeah, there were even a few, although brief moments, of lovely countryside.

J: Yeah, mostly we were on that nasty barge, though.

M: I just imagined you saying that with a Scottish accent. It was lovely.

J: Do go on...

The lovely Scottish countryside.
And that nasty barge.
M: That's all I've got. Well, any closing thoughts?

J: We shouldn't pick movies out of desperation anymore.

M: Right. It is worth noting that we grabbed this one quickly, and at random, from the shelves at Liberty Hall.

J: Very quickly. Very random.

M: That being said, I do enjoy the chance to see Mr. MacGregor in action. And if you've not yet seen it, I'd like to take a moment to heartily recommend The Long Way Round.

J: I'd like to point out that Meredith just typed "wong" instead of "long." And she's not wrong.

M: It was the past tense, perhaps, of something seen in Young Adam. Or it rhymes? It's not important...

J: Also this movie, not family friendly. We've already talked about the sex. The nudity perhaps is a given.

M: But seriously, Long Way Round. Long Way Down. Watch 'em both...

J: Wong Way Round?

M: [clears throat] But seriously, you'll never look at Mr. MacGregor the same way again. It's fantastic.
In case you were wondering, I also ride motorcycles.

J: The moral of the story is that at the end of our review of Young Adam, we're leaving you with a recommendation for a totally different movie.

M: TWO totally different movies. Do with that what you will.

J: And to all a good night!


  1. It's not a movie, but I really want you to watch (or rewatch?) Black Books, and I want to be there when it happens. There's an irascible Irish book shop owner played by Dylan Moran who drinks a lot of cheap red wine. Let me repeat that: IRASCIBLE IRISH BOOK SHOP OWNER. RED WINE. MILD SURREALISM. GAH.

  2. I haven't even HEARD of it, but it is going on our list IMMEDIATELY!