Sometimes you just need to watch an old favorite.
Today was one of those days where I needed a comfort film. You know the kind I’m talking about.
A film that you’ve seen a million times, yet you know it brings you back to a place that makes you happy.
It sorta funny what films become those movies for me. They sorta sneaked up into my life when I wasn’t looking and all of a sudden I see a movie that represents a part of me.
High Fidelity struck a big chord with me when I saw in 2000(yikes! 11 years ago?) The obvious thing I noticed was how funny it was. I mean, it’s pretty damn quotable (Did I listen to pop music because I was miserable? Or was I miserable because I listened to pop music?) but what struck me the most was the dialogue.
Whenever I hear geek talk in movies or T.V. it always feels so inaccurate, but in High Fidelity, geek talk has never felt so authentic. Sure these guys are talking about music, but their geek talk is EXACTLY the kind of discussions I have with my friends. Making list, daydreaming about hanging out with creative types, bitch and hate on things that are not of our taste, the need to have endless conversations about the crap we’re passionate about, and even being a bit snobby when we see other geeks who are “worse” then us.
I was so blown away by this. I may not be as big of a music guy as Rob(John Cusack) and the rest of the staff of Championship Vinyl, but replace “music” with comics and or films and the discussions are exactly the same.Those were the things that drove me to this film.
I also wanted to be Rob when I was teenager. I wanted to have his attitude, his clothes (surprisingly I actually use to OWN the maroon jacket that Cusack wears throughout the film before I saw the movie. )and I wanted his ability to talk to women (I was a super shy teenager). I thought Rob was the coolest.
I of course eventually grew up and realized very quickly that Rob….was a mess. He’s selfish, he cheats, and wears his emotions on his sleeves. You would think that would ruin the movie for me, but surprisingly it made me love it more.
I may not want to be Rob any more, but I love that the story wasn’t afraid to give our protagonist huge gaping flaws. Obviously this was an element that novelist Nick Hornby (in which this film was based on his novelof the same name) had in his book, but Cusack’s own personal charm allows us to still like Rob…even when he’s an asshole. It’s one of Johns best roles (right next to his performance as Lloyd Dobler in Say Anything.)
And that’s really the cool thing to have a movie like this that I can revisit again and again every few years. I get something new each time. As a young adult I saw the cool “older” adult lifestyle and I wanted to be a part of that. As I’m now an “older” adult, I now saw a film about a guy who needs to stop making bad decisions and stop being so afraid to make the right ones. It’s a movie that still gives me things to appreciate and relate to.
That is why this film one of my all time favorite films of all time, and yes…obviously…it is in my TOP FIVE.