I enjoyed watching the production “Waiting for Godot”. I am honestly not the biggest fan of movies and plays like this, but this movie was different. At first I thought it was going to be a very boring movie that I couldn’t wait to get over with, but as I was watching it, I realized that it was very interesting and enjoyable. Quintessence has a unique writing style that doesn’t attract attention from everyone. Some people may not like his plays, but so many people would be surprised just like me. The plat waiting in Godot had good moral lessons of the difference between being smart and intellectual.
Waiting for Godot consists of two men unable to act, move, or think in any significant way while they kill time waiting for a mysterious man, Godot. The characters fail to realize that this very act of waiting is a choice; instead, they view it as a mandatory part of their daily routine. Even when these men manage to make a conscious decision, they can’t translate that mental choice into a physical act. They often “decide” to leave the stage, only to find that they are unable to move. Such inaction leads to stagnancy and repetition in the seemingly endless cycle of their lives.
There are so many characters in the play and they all come in at different points in the movie. Not one person was alike; they were all unique and had their own personalities. Their words and actions showed the type of person they were. Most of the characters in the movie were there during the play and one thing that they had in common was that they were all there while the play was going on. Godot was the antagonist of the movie. Godot never wanted to meet with Vladimir and Estragon. The two characters were protagonists. Although Godot failed to come and meet them under the tree, Vladimir and Estragon came the following day to wait for him.
One theme that I noticed throughout the whole movie was humor and the Absurd. Waiting for Godot is a prime example of what has come to be known as the theater of the absurd. The play is filled with nonsensical lines, wordplay, meaningless dialogue, and characters who abruptly shift emotions and forget everything, ranging from their own identities to what happened yesterday. All of this contributes to an absurdist humor throughout the play. However, this humor is often uncomfortably mixed together with tragic or serious content to make a darker kind of comedy. Estragon refers to “billions of others,” who have been killed, and describes being beaten by an anonymous “they.” Lucky (whose ill-fitting name is itself darkly comic) is treated horribly and physically abused on-stage. And Vladimir and Estragon talk nonchalantly and pleasantly about suicide. All this has a discomforting effect on the audience, who is not sure how to react to this absurd mixture of comedy and tragedy, seriousness and playfulness. In act one, Vladimir says, “one daren’t even laugh anymore,” and his comment could apply well to the audience of Beckett’s play, who don’t know whether to laugh or to cringe at the events on-stage. The absurdity caused by the seeming mismatch between characters’ tones and the content of their speech can be seen as a reaction to a world emptied of meaning and significance. If the world is meaningless, it makes no sense to see it as comic or tragic, good or bad. Beckett thus presents an eerie play that sits uneasily on the border between tragedy and comedy; in territory one can only call the absurd.
The author of the play used the old English language to show the time period it was in. Although that is not the type of English we speak now, we were still able to fully understand and follow along with everything that was going on. Certain characters had higher roles so they spoke much more proper and with more power, like the Godot. There was also a little poor boy who was not very educated and did not speak very well either. One can tell a lot about characters through their words because you can tell if they speak properly and with power then they probably have had a lot of education, whereas people with lower educations and lower statuses did not speak as proper.
Music occurred many times through this movie. Music can add so much to a scene. It can add suspense or happiness. There are so many different sound effects and beats that can be used in making movies like this, and each sound effect can be used in so many different ways. It also helps connect with the actors and helps us to feel how they are feeling through the music. Not only did the music make you feel like you are actually in the play, but the costumes and surroundings made it feel so real. It really puts you into the atmosphere of Godot’s time and helps you imagine what it would actually be like to be there.
I can honestly say I liked the move “Waiting for Godot” even though I had strong doubts about it in the beginning. There were so many aspects of the play that made it seem so real and entertaining. It showed the audience the views of everyone. The audience is able to connect with the author while watching this movie. This is a great movie that many would not expect to like, but will like it in the end.