What is Charlie St Cloud about?
Charlie, a promising young man who had a college scholarship and a sailing champion, is traumatized by the death of his little brother in car accident to which he was driving. Every day after, he plays catch with his dead brother’s ghost. Things get interesting when he meets a girl he went to high school with. Starring Zac Efron, Amanda Crew, Ray Liotta, Donal Logue, Dave Franco and Kim Basinger.
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How come I think it’s great?
I like it how the protagonist Charlie St Cloud played by Zac Efron is a solitary guy. I don’t know why I feel that way. Charlie feels responsible for the death of his younger brother in a car accident which most certainly was not his fault. I can’t relate to that in any way. But still, I’ll take a wild stab in the dark as to why I like his solitude. He doesn’t have a TV, he reads. He lives quietly in a cottage near the cemetery (he works there). He doesn’t need anybody. From what I can tell he doesn’t drink, smoke or party to the point of debilitation. He’s dedicated though. Real dedicated. Even though he is not undertaking something that’s insurmountable, you can tell he has drive. All these things I guess I want to be or I am working towards.
Why is it boycotted?
No idea. Apart from the reasons why I like this film, it has other things going for it. Fighting, for the blokes. A big love story, for the girls. Ghosts, for the believers. Boats, for the mariners. And Ray Liotta, for the goodfellas.
What was the best scene? And what does it accomplish?
I like the scene with Dave Franco as a ghost and Charlie is talking to him at Dave Franco’s character’s gravestone in Charlie’s workplace, the cemetery. Dave Franco plays it well, as soldier killed in action. They’re not talking about anything in particular; they’re just acting like buddies who haven’t seen each other in awhile. Charlie, before his brother’s death, was going to join the military with Dave’s character and another friend. Both of whom have been killed during tours in Iraq. I like this scene because you feel as if Charlie has a second chance at life, even though it has cost him dearly. What this scene accomplishes is that it makes you realize that Charlie, although deeply emotionally wounded, still has his life and that his friends fate could have well been his too. It makes you realize your own personal traumas and that if you’re still breathing, you still have a chance to live a full life.
What is the best line?
Although I had to look up what it is actually trying to say and I pretend I know poetry; I love the quote repeatedly used throughout the film. It is a quote by e.e cummings (Cummings liked to use his name in lower capitalization) and it means that love will always guide a heart; so listen to it, be it in love itself or pursuits of another nature. The poem is called dive for dreams.
“trust your heart if the seas catch fire, live by love though the stars walk backward.”
What is the general message that it sends?
Second chances. Lots of people a reeling from a loss that is too hard to face. However, life is set up with the bad so we realize the good. I’ve dealt with the death of a close loved one at a young age and I’m pretty sure he wouldn’t want me being unhappy because I’m trying to impress him following pursuits that don’t fit my dreams. Woah, that got deep quick.