‘The Words’ is spellbinding look at expectations
“The Words” is an admirable story filled with well-written characters and a plethora of emotional contingencies. The movie begins with Clay Hammond (Quaid) as an author approaching the podium to read excerpts from his latest novel. As he delves deeper into the pages of his work, his voice becomes the spoken narrative for the movie itself.
Rory (Cooper) and Dora (Saldana) escape the rain into a limousine as an old man watches them from the threshold of an hotel. The couple discusses the overnight success of his novel while they are on their way to a literary award ceremony. Rory is to be given a prestigious award for the highly acclaimed book, which he has just written. He steps up to the podium and accepts the award with a plagued look of guilt in his eyes.
The story then takes you back five years prior to the award ceremony when Rory and Dora were a couple in the infancy of their relationship. You see them grow closer and fall deeper and deeper in love as you see them in a montage of their beginnings with one another. Rory decides to put his normal job on hold and pursue a career in writing. He spends the bulk of three years creating a manuscript that he believes is his crowning achievement. The publishing companies believe in him, but just feel like this is not a book that would be well received by the public in today’s market. He is ready to give up and even asks his father for monetary support until he can get back on his feet. Dora is very supportive of Rory and is willing to make every sacrifice that enables him to follow his dream of becoming a writer. They are soon married and decide to honeymoon in Paris. While in Paris, they happen into an antique store. A tattered leather satchel catches Rory’s eye. Dora can see how much he adores it and decides to purchase it for him to keep his writing supplies in.
One night as Rory was unable to sleep, he moves some of his papers into the satchel and discovers a story that has been typed on very old parchment. It was the greatest thing that he has ever written. Wanting to feel what it would be like to write such a great piece of literature, he types the entire story into his computer verbatim. Rory has no intention of taking it any further; he just does this in order to feel inspired.
As the story transpires, you realize that this is the book that leads to the award ceremony. Rory is given all of the credit and he is even able to get his original manuscript published as well. The old man from the beginning of the film waits for the perfect opportunity to confront him about the crux of the story in which he plagiarized. The old man gains, Rory’s utmost attention as he tells him the events behind the story that are in his novel
Interested yet? This is just the first few minutes of the story and there are so many more layers that unfold. I watched this movie with an immerse mind. When I was given “The Words” to review, I had not even heard of it and had very little expectations for a movie that I had never seen a preview for (which is pretty rare since I try to attend several movies a week). The characterization portrayed by this set of actors was very pronounced. I have seen many Bradley Cooper films and he is a downright good actor. He pulls off dramatic just as well as he does comedic. Jeremy Irons has always taken interesting roles. His guise in “The Words” ranks up there with his role in Die Hard 3 and The Lion King for me. The special effects makeup on him was astonishing too. Don’t be surprised when this movie pulls a few Academy Awards this year.
You will experience a wave of emotions during this movie, and I am not just talking about the “butterflies” that Bradley Cooper gives your wife. (Don’t worry fellow guys; Olivia Wilde is in it too). “The Words” is a very interesting story about living up to your own expectations, what it takes to get there and how you would deal with the outcome. There are parts that will make you feel like you just got punched in the gut and there are parts where you feel genuinely excited for the characters when things go their way. Overall, if this sounds like something you might want to see, it is worth checking out.