Saturday, September 3, 2016
Parenthood - Negative - P. A. Nolte
Hope this isn't too cynical. I don't have much to say about parenthood, and virtually no experience from a personal perspective, but these scenes seemed fairly universal, so...
1/ In the hallway of a suburban house, a young boy is painting his masterpiece on the wall. His mother is barreling out of another room to prevent any further art from being committed.
2/ The same boy, slightly older. He's in the backseat of a car, kicking his legs. His father is driving, his mother is starting to lean back to forcibly hold his legs if need be.
Father: Quit it!
3/ A little older still, he's walking beside his mother through a grocery store. He's holding up a cereal box to show her. Maybe she'll let him put it in the cart if he asks SUPER nice.
4/ Now driving age, he's at a used car lot with his father, pointing to one vehicle among many. Wedged between mostly beat-up models with boxy metal frames and a few with sleeker designs is a sweet little roadster priced just an extra grand or two above the rest.
Father: Absolutely not.
5/ The boy, now a man, sitting at a table in a restaurant with friends. He has a drink halfway to his mouth, about to take a sip. He eyes the person questioning him with suspicion.
Friend: You don't want kids?
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Cynical? Maybe a little, but certainly not in a negative way. As you say, some universal moments leading to a solid turn / reveal in that last panel. I dig it.ReplyDelete