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Has anyone seen the movie “The Words”?  I saw it over the weekend and thoroughly enjoyed it.  It ended with more questions than answers, but I believe it was supposed to invoke thoughts and questions.  I thought I would talk about the movie here.  There may be spoilers in my post, so if you have not seen the movie, you may not want to read further.  To see the trailer, go to this website:  IMDb Movie Site

“The Words” stars Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Irons, Dennis Quaid and Zoe Saldana.  All of these actors were great in this movie. Rory’s story of a struggling writer that could not get published, no matter how hard he tried led him to make a near-fatal mistake.  The Old Man saw the book’s review in the paper and realized it was his book.  He found Rory and told him his story.  He knew Rory had used his story as his own and he needed to tell Rory what he had done.  He had stolen his life and sold it as his own.  Rory felt guilty because couldn’t write his own story, so he had to use someone else’s.  Rory was frustrated and desperate.  I imagine many writers feel the same way.  But, what Rory did was wrong,  and he knew it.  After talking with the Old Man, he went to find him and offer him money for his book.  The Old Man did not want his money, he just wanted to tell him his story and find out who used his story as their own.  Rory went to his publisher to ask him to remove his name from the book and come clean in public.  His publisher convinced him it was career suicide and he did not do it.  The Old Man died soon after and Rory put the manuscript in with the casket, burying his secret with the Old Man.

Overall, I thought this was an excellent movie.  It inspires me to write.  I would not use someone else’s work as my own, but I understand the feeling of why Rory did it.    I loved this movie and will watch it again.

If you saw this movie, what did you think?

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