Don’t watch this movie if you don’t want to be filled with doubt about completing your major.
If you already are, this could seal your fate.
It’s an old story: Man has great, high-paying job, filled with capitalist extravagances and a lot of very important decisions that impact a lot of people’s lives. Unfortunately, man is unhappy the whole time he is making the kind of money many of us can only dream of. Man contracts some sort of ailment. Man realizes the futility of a life pursuing the pedestal. Man trades in his Ferrari for roller skates.
Well it’s traditional up till that last part. And this time, his story is non-fiction.
Dr. John Kitchin was at one time a prominent neurologist in Pacific Beach who suffered from an extensive mid-life crisis. So when he began to go blind, he took it as an opportunity to live his life dream. Roller skating. In slow motion. Down the boardwalk. Who doesn’t dream of that?
“Slomo” is premiering in the shorts competition (which isn’t a competition to see who has the coolest shorts – disappointing) and features some fantastic cinematography. Rest assured, there is plenty of “slo-mo” footage to be gawked at. Interviews with boardwalk regulars and their speculations as to who the hell this old, bald, and suspiciously happy individual is, gliding down the boardwalk with a leg arched behind his head. Some proposed that he was homeless (justifiable); some suggested he had a mental disorder (equally justifiable), and yet everyone seemed to be friendly to the man without a care in the world.
However, his new persona is a far cry from his days as a self-proclaimed asshole. But given his medical background, he justifies it with neurological science and remained just was skeptical as anyone who was watching him. For the several decades he’s been doing it.
He talks of how happy he is spending all day every day doing what he loves, and how he has broken his life down to the bare essentials. And we’re all very moved and inspired to do something that we love, and for a moment we can forget about these silly financial pursuits. But then the movie ends, and we remember that the reason he can afford to roller skate non-stop is because he spent all those years working his butt off and saving his money for whatever eccentricity suited him in his later years, even if it was unanticipated.
It’ll make you smile and day-dream, but don’t go lacing up your roller skates just yet.