The Words was truly an inception of stories. All at once, the film paralleled three story lines, providing dramatic life lessons alongside beautiful love stories. In short, this film definitely played out like a book.
From beginning to end, there were hidden nuances that lingered long after the credits – Does your life have meaning? Are you the person you thought you were? The Words showed that living the life you always dreamt of may have its perks, but at the end of the day, the only thing that matters is being able to look at yourself in the mirror.
The subtext was the best aspect of this film. On the surface, the stories were just the shell that transported the film’s true message . In one instance, Rory has an outburst where he shouts that he is not the man he thought he was. This sets the tone for the rest of the movie which deals with each of the characters’ internal struggles.
When The Old Man tells Rory the story of his younger days during the time he wrote the book, he at one point has the perfect life. The Old Man had met the love of his life in Paris, and for a while, their marriage is blissful. His utopian happiness is paralleled in both Rory’s success with his novel and as Clay’s glamorous life. But all three men show weakness in maintaining what they’ve always wanted. The Words shows lives unraveling as more and more truths are revealed… (click link above to continue reading)