FILMS are run-of-the-mill fictions, not a solid foundation for your life’s philosophy, yet the films take into account the silent lines of dialogue:
‘Do or don’t, there’s no try’ – The Empire Strikes Back
Wise advice was given by the little green goblin and a misunderstanding of sentence structure. It works in the context of the film, a painful punishment when it is used to inspire people about real life situations. They’re usually not trying to get a spaceship out of the swamp, they’re trying to save a house deposit or kick the booze.
‘Life moves too fast. If you don’t stop to look around once in a while, you might miss it’ – Ferris Bueller Day
It’s easy enough for a smarmy prick to talk during a booming economy. A little gratifying to hear when you’re an adult with a family to support and a job to hold. You don’t have a second to stop and look at your life, and even if you do you’ll realize that it’s not going well and Ferris was an arsehole like his sister said.
‘Just keep swimming’ – Finding Nemo
A line sung by an amnesiac fish in a children’s movie has often made you pray for a massive oil spill over the f**king reef. Cultivating life without thinking is foolish. Sometimes you have to stop and fix problems before you move on. Yes, swimming is figurative, but that doesn’t make it shameless.
‘What we do in life is felt forever’ – Gladiator
The actions of Maximus Decimus Meridius certainly have an impact on the events in the film, but that’s because he was the main character and it would be a waste of writing if they didn’t. Real people who say this will leave behind an ass on their couch and a bunch of pissed off friends.
‘Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get’ – Forrest Gump
They are usually called hapless cretins when life throws them a curveball. Rather than an affirmation, this line is a dedication to the world’s misfortunes. Again, even if the chocolates come without a helpful guide, they are chocolates. They are all beautiful. None of it kills you suddenly.