As good as it gets? What does it mean? Does it mean family and friends? Cars? Boats? Furs? Vacations? Cell phones? Big screen TVs? A closet full of shoes? Designer clothes? Fulfillment? Creativity? Faith? Love? Service? Hope? Charity? Peace? Contentment? Do you ever think, is this as good as it gets?
I enjoyed the movie, As Good As It Gets, despite some major oversimplification of mental illness, relationships, medical issues, etc.
My favourite part of the movie isn’t the relationship between Jack Nicholson (Melvin) and Helen Hunt (Carol), but between Nicholson and Greg Kinnear (Simon). It’s the most unlikely bromance in movie history, but highlights that friendship can grow between improbable precincts. And Cuba Gooding Jr. just kicks it.
I fear it’s message is lost as our world gets more tangled, as reality becomes less palatable. Our solution seems to be rushing into a virtual reality. Instead of spending time and money to fix reality, we’re just racing to build virtual realities. So many books, movies, and TV series are focusing on dystopian futures because we’re already there.
Are we just going to keep slipping into a virtual world brought through smart phones, tablets, TVs, computers, video games, etc.? If we ignore what we’ve done and continue to do to our air, water, climate, society, etc. does it make it go away? You can’t avoid pain by finding new addictions.
If what you have is only as good as it gets and you want something more…you have to be open and willing to see and take the opportunity. In this movie Melvin had to see that some people were ok, he did deserve love, and germs weren’t the scariest thing in the world, well, maybe. Perhaps what you want isn’t what someone else wants and vice versa. Enjoy reality, not a virtual representation of it.
So enjoy the movie…but live your life.