Saturday, November 22, 2014

Watch Lorenzo's Oil

A prolife movie and then some.  Nick Nolte pulls off a respectable Italian accent, and the always solid Susan Sarandon does her usual excellent work.  It's a tear-jerker.  But it's inspiring.  It's also based on a true story. Alas, young Lorenzo died a few years ago.  But to see the affirmation of life, that life begets life, reminds us that had Lorenzo's parents gone the way of Oprahianity, they would have accepted things, focused on their own lives, and thousands of children would never have been helped by their heroic efforts.  Honorary medical degrees are not given out like nickels and dimes, but Mr. Odone more than earned it. True, it is not a miracle cure.  And I have no doubt that not all experienced the same benefits, as all medical cures tend to be.  What helps most does not always help all.  Nonetheless, as a film, it flies.  Like all great movies, there are many things that recommend it.  But the prolife message is at the top of the list.

BTW, it's worth noting that when he died, many news agencies seemed to want to focus on the shortcomings or failures, rather than the successes.  Whether it's because the emphasis on life is bothersome or we just tend to shy from successful heroes and prefer 'hero in the generic', I don't know.  But I noticed it and took note when it happened.

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