The Human Stain
Special guest reviewer: Mr. Smiley!
Mr. Smiley's rating:
Like having an orgasm and saving the whales, all at the same time!
In the opening scene of this movie, Nicole Kidman's head is resting contently in Anthony Hopkins's arms and I just knew right there how much I would love this film, love it with all my heart, like a kitten loves a warm pillow.
Seeing Nicole, I was reminded how each of us can bounce back from the most difficult of times. She's over Tom now, she's won an Oscar, and director Robert Benton reminds us that no matter how bad things might get, true love is just around the corner. Imagine if Tom won an Oscar this year for his role in "The Last Samurai." That would make it the most amazing bounce-back, joyous year ever! If that happened, my smile might jump right out of my face, engulf the world and bring happiness to everyone, even the people in the Middle East.
Hopkins plays Coleman Silk, a man with a deep, dark secret that he hides from everybody. Of course, secrets are bad, unless they're about surprise parties. Here they become good because eventually Coleman is set free. Freedom is great! It makes me smile. The secret is that Coleman is really a light-skinned African-American.
I thought this secret was so wonderful because it just shows that none of us is that different. What is black, really? Anthony shows us that anybody -- even Ed Begley, Jr. -- can be African-American and this is good because it brings people together, and then we can have world peace.
You'll have much to gain if you see "The Human Stain"!
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