So last night we were flipping through channels and Alek came across Castaway. Alek will stop and watch Castaway through to the end no matter what part it is at. I can’t do it. I can’t take it. Wilson. I can’t watch that over and over.
Well last night, we caught Castaway right before Chuck was about to lose Wilson. So I said “Awwwwwww, no! Come on, he’s just about to lose Wilson! I can’t take it!!” And yet, Alek made me watch it through to the end.
Losing Wilson is definitely one of the Top 10 most gut wrenching movie moments of all time. Also in the top 10? When Chuck gets back and he and Kelly can’t be together anymore. That part where he’s in the hotel room clicking the light on and off and looking at her picture in his pocket watch? I will lose it. Every time. Guaranteed.
So I’m like basically bawling and Alek is like “Awww Babah! Are you crying?” And I’m like “What did you think would happen?” And Alek says, “But we have to see the part where he talks about the sun’s always going to rise and you never know what the tide will bring in.”
I must admit, I did not remember this line. Mostly because I actively avoid watching this movie.
So we watched.
And I cried.
And then the line. And the line, well, it’s brilliant.
“We both have done the math. Kelly added it all up and knew she had to let me go. I added it up, and knew that I had lost her. Because I was never going to get off that island. I was going to die there, totally alone. I was going to get sick, or get injured or something. The only choice I had, the only thing I could control was when, and how and where it was going to happen. So I made a rope and I went up to the summit, to hang myself. I had to test it, you know? Of course, you know me. And the weight of the log, snapped the limb of the tree, so, I couldn’t even kill myself the way I wanted to. I had power over nothing. And that’s when this feeling came over me like a warm blanket. I knew, somehow that I had to stay alive. Somehow. I had to keep breathing. Even though there was no reason to hope. And all my logic said that I would never see this place again. So that’s what I did. I stayed alive. I kept breathing. And one day, my logic was proven all wrong because the tide came in, and gave me a sail. And now, here I am. I’m back in Memphis, talking to you. I have ice in my glass… And I’ve lost her all over again. I’m so sad that I don’t have Kelly. But I’m so grateful that she was with me on that island. And I know what I have to do now. I got to keep breathing. Because tomorrow, the sun will rise and who knows what the tide could bring?”