Monks on a Rollercoaster.
This just makes me so fucking happy you do not even know.
“‘Somewhere Like This’ is a short that I wrote based on a real experience…sort of. Let’s just say it was inspired by something that happened to me.
This short tells a fairly simple story about revisiting people in our lives that we knew within a different context in the past. I feel like it’s something that happens to all of us, especially as we get older. Like many of our dramatic pieces, this one explores how relationships evolve.” -Wesley Chan
For me, this triggered an interesting chain of thought; because I like the whole bittersweet aspect of it all. Sometimes, we want to go back to the past; and maybe, sometimes, we’re presented with what seems like a second chance.
For me, personally, I’ve found that most people don’t want to take that second chance; that they’d rather just let things stagnate, and move on entirely. For others, it can be a bit harder to move on - and a lot of the time, it’s completely dependent on the situation. How much has changed between you; how much have you changed, what’s still the same, is there anything that’s worth recovering? Or is it better for you both to move on?
In the end, while people might judge what you do in these situations, there’s no real right or wrong reaction in my opinion. It depends; and sometimes, you just have to move on, even if you don’t want to.
I guess what I like the most about this short, is how it explores the fact that while you might be forced to move on, it gives you the sense that moving on isn’t necessarily going to be a bad thing; that there’ll probably be something better to come afterwards. I suppose I really liked that moment of closure; and the whole use of the telescope metaphor within the short.
“It’s mostly old, useless junk; but you might find something you like”
“… Scott, you really don’t have to, I mean, I don’t even remember when it stopped working”
“I’ll take a look at it; I wanna try. I don’t think it’s totally hopeless”
“I don’t want you think think that I… I just… I didn’t know what to do with it. I mean, it was so long ago, and-“
For some reason, the whole dialogue here just made me feel like they were really talking about their relationship, and not the telescope; how it didn’t work out, and how he still thinks there’s hope for the two of them now, in the present / in the future. And I guess when he left the telescope behind, but held on to the letter, it was nice because it was a bittersweet ending; like a moment of closure for him, where he could both move on, but still remember what they once had?
I know I have somewhat of an unpopular opinion; apparently there are quite a few people who aren’t a big fan of the short, and you’re entitled to it. This is just why I really like it, and why for me, it just really resonated / made me feel something. :3