Connecting Dots Because You Have Nothing Else Better To Do

So I was watching Doctor Who today (which I seem to be doing a lot these days), when I realized that Never Let Me Go actors Andrew Garfield and Carey Mulligan both starred in at least one episode in Season 3. Andrew played a New Yorker named Frank and was in Daleks in Manhattan/Evolution of the Daleks, while Carey was in Blink as Sally Sparrow.

It’s a small world after all, eh? I believe those to stars rose to fame because of Doctor Who, though my theory has a ninety percent chance of just being hogwash. But it’s nice to dream, yeah?


Never Let Me Go (2010)

It’s a small world after all! I’ve found another movie with two actresses I know have worked together before in another film! Isn’t that exciting?

Yes, I know that compared to America, Britain only has a handful of actors and actresses that are good enough for serious dramas such as Never Let Me Go, and I know that actors and actresses tend to be ‘recycled’. Not that I mind, since I like watching a wide variety of movies of my favorite actors. And I also like spotting the connections — I’ve made it into a game, actually, to find as many links as possible… such as:

  • Carey Mulligan and Keira Knightley worked together in the more recent remake of Pride and Prejudice
  • This isn’t the first movie that Mulligan has worked with one of her ‘Bennet sisters’; she starred in An Education with Rosamund Pike
  • I didn’t know this, but Andrew Garfield was in The Social Network. I bought the movie because I love Facebook, but I didn’t know that Garfield was in it, too

Never Let Me Go, before it was made into a movie, is a novel based on the sci-fi idea that cloning is possible (in humans, at least). The main gist of the story is that the main characters Kathy, Tommy and Ruth, along with the other students in Hailsham boarding school and various other institutions, are clones whose main purpose in life was to provide donor organs for their Originals, the people they were cloned from.

It’s much better explained by this quote from the movie:

None of you will go to America. None of you will work in supermarkets. None of you will do anything, except live the life that has already been set out for you. You will become adults, but only briefly. Before you are old, before you are even middle aged, you will start to donate your vital organs. And sometime around your third or fourth donation, your short life will be completed.

It’s all very inhumane and my respect for my fellow humans lessened at the little bit of truth in this. I mean, they’re just kids!

The idea of clones wasn’t mentioned outright in the movie, only alluded to, which contributed to my confusion for the better part of the film. Anyway, watching it was very intense, and I feel like if I had watched it without the distraction that a busy household provides, then perhaps I would’ve cried.

Andrew Garfield was spectacular in capturing the “sensory” and “animalistic” side of him.

Carey Mulligan’s sultry voice was wonderful during the narration.

And let’s not forget Keira, who, despite my paying too much attention to her lower jaw, played Ruth very well. Her character is the one I identify with the most.

The movie is a must-watch. I recommend this to those who can put up with the slow unravelling of the plot. The love between Kathy and Tommy is admirable, though I feel like Tommy’s too focused on his mortality for it to be real for me. This movie has a lot of truth in it, and it really would make you cry.

Watch the trailer here:

It’s A Small World After All

Okay, so here I was sitting in front of the television — it seems the only thing I do these days — watching An Education for the night. It wasn’t my first choice to watch, but seeing as my copy of House, MD Season 7 has up to only episode 13, I was forced to watch the period drama. Not that I mind, since period drama is my thing. The costumes, people! They are interesting.

Anyway, about thirty minutes into the movie, find myself thinking that “Hey, those actors seem familiar to me.” I mean, when the credits were rolling at the beginning, I knew that some of the names were familiar (Carey Mulligan, for example), but my memory responds to images and to faces, not names.

So I searched up An Education on the internet and saw that Jenny Mellor and Rosamund Pike were in Pride and Prejudice as Kitty and Jane Bennet, respectively.

I know, shocker. Oh, and thank goodness for Wikipedia.

Looking through the cast list, I also saw that one of the actors, Dominic Cooper, was in Mamma Mia! with Amanda Seyfried (did I spell that right?).

So, I’ve concluded that yes, it is a small world after all. I never knew who played Kitty Bennet in the film, and it’s like way at the back of my mind that Rosamund is that woman I’m seeing on the screen right now. You see, that’s the funny thing with memories: you never know what you retain. For me, at least.

BTW — that’s “by the way” for those who don’t know IM speak, or simply just incapable of searching through common phrases and matching them to the letters — watch An Education. I’m only forty minutes into the movie, but I was hooked the moment it was obvious that David Goldman (played by Peter Sarsagaard) has the hots for Jenny. I mean, she’s only sixteen. For some reason, I find that interesting.

Oh, yeah… Older men are way hott ^_^ Just don’t tell anyone I said that. Sshh!!