I was in the mood for a funny movie last weekend, so I saw Eddie Murphy’s new movie, A Thousand Words. I broke my own rule and went to see it without reading the reviews. Not wise.
The most succinct plot description would be that a con man got conned to within an inch of his life, literally. To stay alive, the main character had to shut up.
I wanted laughs. Well, I probably laughed four times … too many. Later, I would realize that other viewers were equally underwhelmed. And on Rotten Tomatoes, not one critic gave the movie a positive review. Ouch.
I did, however, love the song “Out Loud,” sung by Mary Mary while the credits rolled. *smile*
A Thousand Words didn’t crack me up, but it did make me think about the power of words and how easily we toss them around thoughtlessly.
- Words are like time, a valuable commodity that can be squandered and never recouped, or used wisely to bless others and enrich lives.
- With age comes wisdom to let pass the opportunity to assault someone with a well-timed verbal zinger.
- Idle words are expensive, even in the online world. Some of the “conversations” I see on the Internet are merely glaring instances of verbal abuse of the written kind and severe cases of premature exclamation.
- Relationships are won–and lost–on the battlefield of words, and particularly virulent cases of verbal diarrhea wipe out many would-be friendships.
If you had just 1,000 words left in your life, what would you say, and to whom?