It’s long been established that human memory is an imperfect mechanism.
But back to memory. Fact is, your memory is a decaying structure of facts, half-truths, prejudices and saucy water-cooler rumors about which celebrity is currently sleeping with which other celebrity.
…and vaguely remember having seen this in one of the Jaws movies. . .
Every memory you have is decaying. Some, like the name of that douchebag at the bar last night, will decay very quickly. Some, like your name, will take a very long time.
But all memories grow old, pruney and die.
Which brings me to the movie, “Murder by Death.”
Several years ago my brothers and I got together and started spouting out movie quotes from this movie, a shared favorite from our misspent youth.
And while we were quoting it we decided we needed to see it. After all my brothers’ wives hadn’t seen it and this was an atrocity of unparalleled proportions that had to be remedied.
So we found a copy of the movie and put it in. The opening credit rolled. The movie ran.
And awkwardness ensued. My sisters-in-law reaction can be summed in one word.
Their reaction was strong enough that one of my brothers actually revisited his opinion of the movie.
Now, sure, the movie wasn’t the sum of its greatest lines. It was dated, silly, and a tad offensive I suppose.
The “We Don’t Ever Want To Imagine Sir Alec Guinness‘ Naked Wrinkled Body Society” certainly might have a bone to pick.
The fact of the matter is I don’t mind being judged for liking “Murder by Death.” And I’m the kind of guy that thinks a person should be sent to some fiery Hell unless they repent having ever enjoyed one of the Jackass movies.
So, yeah, maybe “Murder by Death” is dated, and maybe it’s a little better in my memory than it actually is when projected on a television screen. But, you know what? That’s okay.
Because while liking this movie may not make people think of me the way I want them to…
…at least it makes me laugh.