Withwine and I wrote:Danny should be able to make it, people will always need drugs. Maybe he'll live in nostalgia, but he must have the connections to continue in his line of work.
swallow_it_and_run_a_mile wrote:Hi !
I think the moment when I gets the telegram telling him he might get the role
and Withnail says "Well Done" the look on Withnails face is one of utter despair
and the audience and Withnail knows that it is all over for him. It is the saddest
face of disappointment. Withnail knows at that moment that he isn't going to
make it and as he eats his last meal in Crowe Cragg he knows that it is all over
for him. It all seems very anodyne but I find it to be almost infinitely profound.
The scene is haunting for Withnails respite from all his troubles is going to be
over in 30 minutes.
smallrhesusneg.bloodyMary wrote:Thanks for your comments, they're very interesting.
As I see it, at the beginning of the film, Withnail is the dominant figure. He comes from a wealthy family, he has connections, he went to a posh school, he is flamboyant and, above all, he has boundless confidence in his own abilities.
Marwood follows Withnail's lead because he comes from a less impressive background and he lacks Withnail's ego. However, he also knows that a certain amount of work is required to launch an acting career, and he has been quietly studying and going to auditions. This pays off towards the end, and the positions reverse as Marwood gets the lead in Journey's End and Withnail faces the fact that the world is not going to hand him success. As with most (all?) alcoholics, he doesn't decide to change his ways, he just blames the world for being against him, and sinks into self-pity and self-destructive boozing.
Most people see W & I as a film which celebrates booze and drugs; I see it as just the opposite.
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