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HE SAID: Definitely overkill

Richard Chittick

Well, that was just a touch overwhelming. I don’t know if I’m talking about Princess Moonbeam’s review of “What tHe #$*! Do wE (k)now!?” or the movie itself. No question, the movie goes a little over the top with its special effects and plodding fictional subplot, but look at the response it produced from Kimberly. The idea that it is possible to make the world a better place by willing it to become one is not new. Various titles have been given to the idea, ranging from Buddhism to holistic living. What this movie attempts to do is link those theories to quantum physics. It may seem like a stretch, but as experts point out, every thought we have and every sense we process is created by chemical and electrical signals pulsing through our brains and bodies. Taken a step further, our bodies are made up of molecules, primarily water and carbon. So when you get right down to it, we are nothing but energy, and matter doesn’t really exist.It’s a big philosophical argument that says that atoms and molecules are made up of so much empty space, that if we concentrate hard enough, we can walk through walls. Maybe that’s a stretch, but we can definitely rewire our brains to work more efficiently by thinking more positively. This is all laid out in “What tHe #$*! Do wE (k)now!?,” though not particularly well. It’s too colorful, too disjunct, and it uses several stereotypes, most notably the whole Polish wedding polka thing, to get its message across.Early on, it dwells entirely too long on the importance of how our eyes are key to interpreting the world. Do we see with our eyes, or do we see with our brains?The implication is “Sorry blind people – no nirvana for you.” It eventually digresses to explain how these principles come together to create emotional states, physical realities and even religion. Over and over again, the movie tries to answer the question “Why are we here?” It got old after awhile.Why am I here? To write movie reviews and sports stories. But what the #$*! do I know?Richard Chittick can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 236 or at rchittick@summitdaily.com.


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