Friday, February 25, 2011
Brevity is the Soul of Wit
I admire Emma Thompson so when NetFlix recommended a movie where she had a starring role, I put it in my queue. "Wit" is almost a monologue, which Thompson accomplishes seamlessly. The heroine has stage IV ovarian cancer and has agreed to treatment with an experimental drug combination. Not a cheerful movie plot. But Vivian Bearing is interesting to me because she is an English literature professor, who teaches a tough course (succinct) using her intense knowledge of the metaphysical poetry of John Donne, especially the Holy Sonnets. She thinks about things deeply, but keeps a fresh sense of humor full of word play. It was also interesting to me as I am far removed from my own cancer treatment (coming up on 7th anniversary). There is a touching scene at the end with "The Runaway Bunny" and her former graduate advisor. "It has always been my custom to treat words with respect."