Classic of the Week: The Big Chill (1983)

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The Big Chill is a 1983 comedy drama film directed by Lawrence Kasdan, starring Tom Berenger, Glenn Close, Jeff Goldblum, William Hurt, Kevin Kline, Mary Kay Place, Mg Tiller and JoBeth Williams. The story follows a group of friends who attended The University of Michigan that reunite 15 years later after their friend Alex commits suicide. The film features music of the 60’s and 70’s, because two of the main characters that are married and own the house where the film takes place, prefer older music,

The film is rather depressing at times, funny at times and romantic and sweet at other times. It’s not laugh out loud funny, but more of a little chuckling funny at certain moments.

The characters are all very different in ways, each with a different personality, but they have things in common like their friendship, their school spirit and their love they have for Alex and they share their memories, good and bad about him and their college days, their current lives and their personal problems.

The film is filled with lots of drinking, drugs, sex, laughter and love. Every actor and actress in this film does an excellent job as their character, making each one unique. There were times when I did get a bit bored when there was little dialog or much going on certain scenes. Parts of the film where very dark, as in not much lighting or any at all. A big part of the film seemed like it was just early morning for like a week,even though the story took place over a weekend.

The soundtrack was great, although some songs didn’t fit the scene they played in. I prefer the old stuff myself as well, so this was right up my alley.

I’d never seen Jeff Goldblum in a serious and funny role before and he was outstanding, just like everyone else. No two characters are alike making this a truly special film, that I don’t understand why it has ggotten rough reviews. Sure at times, it’s rather slow, but it does pick up. Was I ever bored? Maybe a tiny bit, but not enough to complain and complain about.

This film is about friends coming together in a time of need, after having been apart for a long time and their best friend’s death. It is about celebrating and mourning and sharing differences and alikes. It is also about death, friendship, happiness, sadness, love and life. Not many films today cover all these subjects and this one does it spectacularly. Wonderful! Truly wonderful! 18+ 4.5/5

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