In the Dark

In the Dark
In The Dark\r\nby George McCartney\r\nSomething Both\r\nBrighter and Darker\r\nI went to see director Scott Hicks' Hearts\r\nin Atlantis not having read the Stephen\r\nKing novel on which it is based. The Uttle\r\nI knew of King's other fiction was not\r\nencouraging. I expected another excursion\r\ninto bump-in-the-night territory—\r\nnot my favorite place to visit. To my surprise,\r\nthe film turned out to be a moving\r\nportrayal of a happenstance but deeply\r\nfelt father-son relationship. This, in large\r\npart, is due to Anthony Hopkins' transcendent\r\nportrayal of the mysterious Ted\r\nBrautigan, a 66-year-old man who befriends\r\nBobby Garfield (Anton Yelchin),\r\na fatherless boy of 11.\r\nAlthough Bobby is the protagonist, it is\r\ntiie knighted Welshman who raises the\r\nfilm far above screenwriter William\r\nGoldman's middling adaptation. (I\r\nspeak with authority. The film made me\r\ncurious enough to read King's novel afterward.\r\nWliile it isn't Tolstoy, it is an unexpectedly\r\nworthy meditation on our\r\nmortal condition.) Whether deliberately\r\nor not, the film acknowledges its debt to\r\nHopkins by having Bobby quote him.\r\nThis happens just after the lad gives his\r\nfriend Carol (Mika Boorem) an impulsive\r\npeck on the lips. Having made the\r\nbriefest essay at prepubeseent romance,\r\nBobby assesses the results with words\r\nHopkins' character spoke to him earlier\r\nconcerning one's first oscular moment:\r\n"It will be the kiss by which all others...

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