The Sound of Silence


You can’t have a movie about sad people set in the 1960’s without Simon & Garfunkel’s famous refrain about loneliness and alienation. It’s just one of the rules of Lazy Writing 101. Which cheapens the magic of the song with overfamiliarity. Setting aside what I like to call The Cameron Crowe Effect*, try to listen to it like you haven’t heard it a thousand times before. Is there really a better ode to being young and mildly disgruntled? It’s the very, very specific brand of sadness that comes from being a young person who thinks the reason they’re so lonely is because they’re too special for the boring old world around them, and they feel alienated and at loose ends but not too much because they probably have really good taste in scarves. You can see, of course, why everyone wants that sentiment in their movie.

*Cameron Crowe is a film director known for using pop songs as a substitute for character development.

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