We are Homo sapiens (Latin for “wise man” or “knowing man”). We are peculiar. We walk, talk, sleep, work, smile, cry, laugh, mock, express and have sex in our own peculiar way. I have my own peculiar way of writing my blog (and doing the rest). You have your peculiar way to read and condemn it. But none of us will stop us from doing what we intend to. At least I will not. But those peculiar ways seem so normal in this peculiar world, but not in an mental institution. Your ‘normal’ behaviour can be stamped as an activity of ill mental health if you happen to be in an asylum, or not there. And I suspect it will restrict you from behaving normal. So we try to sacrifice our own peculiar ways to be normal and part of this society. I wish Galileo could have understood that.
Based on the novel by Ken Kesey, the movie, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, is successful in portraying the helplessness of a rebel. We in our peculiar ways will watch the movie, clap for it (may be) and forget it (for sure). As happened to RDB and Lagaan, tried to rekindle the spirit of patriotism in Indians and only tried. The movie, directed by Czech director Milos Forman, introduces McMurphy (played by Jack Nicholson) who tries to escape his idiosyncrasies by pretending to be a lunatic. But as soon as he enters the mental institution, he enters into a different realm with no idea what the head nurse; Nurse Ratched (played by Louise Fletcher) has in store for him. He fights and laughs at the ward policy and gets exhausted in the end. But at least he tried.
Some scenes of the sad comedy are superbly thought and executed. Some are deliberately sandwiched. The scene where McMurphy tries to lift ‘that’ thing or the scene where he tries to teach the game of ‘put the ball in the hole’ to chief gives the movie an overall ambience of inspiration. When McMurphy realises that his friends are not committed to be there and can leave to live in the ‘normal’ world as soon as they wish, he fails to convince himself and engages in motivating others to lead a healthy life. The scene where McMurphy tries to kill Nurse Ratched, after Billy commits suicide, makes you say ‘Kill her’. But the scene where McMurphy takes his newly made friends to fishing is a bit disconcerting and takes us out from the comfortable and warm environment of the mental institution. The orgy arranged by McMurphy reminds me of the penultimate scene of the movie Perfume, only difference being here, the people don’t wake up feeling guilty or ashamed, may be because they are lunatics. Mr Harding, Billy, Mr Martini, Mr Cheswick, Chief are truly remarkable in their own character. McMurphy and Nurse Ratched won Oscars for their scintillating performance.
The climax is disturbing yet satisfying. We want happy ending life and sad ending movie. This movie will not disappoint. If you want to entertain yourself or indulge in some deep thinking and discussion (of course over a cup of coffee), you have come to the right place my friend. I should stop my keyboard strokes before I become peculiar or drive you crazy.
P.P.S. Today is my anniversary. Completed my three years of relationship with my girl. Tomorrow going to break it. It was a helluva ride. More on it later. Wish me luck.