Finally got around to watching K-PAX. The first thing I wondered was how did I not hear of this movie sooner (like, a decade ago when it came out…)? Then I saw that its release date is October of 2001 – not a great time for me, so I guess that explains how I managed to not even hear of this movie until reading a review by a fellow blogger. [Thanks!]
Really great film exploring the ideas of open mindedness, belief, and, very importantly, the idea of questioning the status quo. I personally love and connected with the idea of questioning the hierarchy of society, the structuring of relationships that so many never bother to question – e.g. doctor/patient, and the necessity of having to be healed by a doctor. I found Prot’s take on our society to be a refreshing one that resonated with me and left me feeling hopeful and excited.
The use of light in the cinematography was astounding. Everywhere light sparkled subtly. In some cases, interior scenes were shot in a darkened room lit by sunlight streaming in – how novel is that? This use of light alone created a feeling of novelty and excitement in me that added an additional layer of appreciation as I watched the film.
The resolution is ambiguous enough that, although folks can convince themselves that their interpretation is the only correct one, truly, if one tries hard enough, either possibility presented in the film can be seen as valid. An A Plus movie experience!