Another piece of brilliant acting by Anthony Hopkins and Ryan Gosling in this movie about a jealous husband (Hopkins), who’s a millionaire and structural engineer. He schemes a clever plot to kill his unfaithful wife and get away with it. When he is found innocent of the attempted murder of his wife (Davidtz), the young hot shot district attorney (Gosling) who is prosecuting him decides to put his career at risk for the pursuit of justice.
During the course of the movie, Willy (Gosling) reads out a poem at Jennifer’s (Davidtz) bedside when she is in a coma from the gunshot to her head. It’s from Oh, the Places You’ll Go! (1990) by American children’s book author Theodor Seuss Geisel, popularly known as Dr Seuss. In it, Seuss writes about the ‘waiting place.’ Rather intriguing, I think:
Oh, the Places You’ll Go!
“Do you dare stay out?
Do you dare go in?
And IF you go in –
Should you turn left or right?
Or right and three-quarters?
Or maybe not quite.
You can get so confused that you’ll start in to race,
Down long wiggled roads at break- necking pace
And grind on for miles across weirdish wild space,
Headed I fear, toward a most useless place.
The Waiting Place…
For people just waiting.
Waiting for a train to go
Or a bus to come, or a plane to go
Or the mail to come, or the rain to go
Or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow
Or waiting around for a Yes or No
Or waiting for their hair to grow.
Everyone is just waiting.
Waiting for the fish to bite
Or waiting for wind to fly a kite
Or waiting around for Friday night
Or waiting perhaps for their Uncle Jake
Or a pot to boil, or a Better Break
Or a string of pearls, or a pair of pants
Or a wig with curls…
Or Another Chance.”