Monday, May 24, 2010
Lets smoke up some conscience?
Nick Naylor played by Aaron Eckhart is a lobbyist for the big tobacco firms in the United States. His job is to convince the public at large that its okay to smoke. No two ways about it. He does this with all the professionalism, integrity and passion that a soldier might bring onto the battlefield. He truly believes there's nothing wrong in doing his job and through his son we understand what lobbyists actually do and how they make a living.
Jason Reitman's first feature bristles with energy that comes with a fresh new voice. Although Juno is still my favorite, followed by Up In The Air. 'Thank you for smoking' leaves you with a great impression of the directors talent. However if one were to ask, what the point of the film was and what sorta journey did the protagonist go through. I'm not too sure about those answers. He does what he does, like he says, 'to pay the mortgage'.
Stylistic in its narration and wonderfully acted by Aaron Eckhart. Thank you for smoking is also quite funny. More like black humour. The character hangs out-best friends are fellow lobbyists from the alcohol and gun control industries. That was pure imagery I suppose.
I guess the point of the film was, to make us look a little inwards about all the choices we make, a be honest about why we make them. That's it. That's what I got from it.
Interesting film, from a very important director.