Jack, a cynical Manhattan disc jockey plunges into a suicidal depression when one of his outrageous comments inspires a crazed listener to shoot seven people in a fashionable nightspot. Redemption comes in the form of a derelict, ex-history professor named Parry whose wife was one of those killed by the sniper. Parry heads a gang of loony homeless people in the search for what he believes to be the Holy Grail. Jack helps Parry in his quest and in the process finds what he had been looking for, too. Heros Journey The movies main two characters Jack and Parry go through the heros journey of departure, fulfillment, and return. Parry brought Jack in to his subconscious world of red knights and midget people, and freewill.
The two men departed in to the real world in search of their identity and to save their sanity. Parrys fulfillment was when he was in the hospital after having been beat up. He went in to a non-responsive coma of sorrow. Jack, then went and stole the Holy grail that Parry had continuously asked him to retrieve and brought it to Parry which helped him concur the dark, pain and sorrow that lay with in him from the tragic death of his wife. He returned from his journey a new free spirited man.
Parrys journey relates a lot to the myth The Briar Roses. Parry is in a deep sleep and can only be woken when the Holy Grail is retrieved and given to him. Kind of like how the sleeping beauty can only be woken from her sleep by a kiss. While in his deep sleep he is concurring his depressing and sorrow of the death of his wife. As did the sleeping beauty mature in to a women.
Jacks journey takes the path of Peer Gyant with the theme of the lose of ones self. After the shooting, Jack blamed himself for the shooting and felt responsible for the death of the seven people. Jack no longer knew who he was, and what he stood for and that is how Parry helped him. Parry, lets Jack see the life he lead as a bum. As Peer Gyant was obsessed with sleeping with all women to full fill the emptiness in side, Jack kept doing things for Parry such as giving him money and trying to set him up with a girl he loved, hopping it would cure his guilt and emptiness in side. After Jack gave the Holy Grail to Parry he felt a sense of peace and control.
Also, as did Peer gyant leaving behind the girl that loved him, Jack left his girlfriend Anne, because he needed time to think and sort out his life. Anne waits for Jack and he eventually realizes how much he loves and needs her. Parry was a physical hero when he saved Jack from being beaten to death by the two punk kids in the ally. But he was also a psychological hero because he helped Jack to keep his sanity. He took Jack in to the park at night and taught him to relax by laying naked and watching the stars. Jack was a psychological hero because he helped to free the pain in Parry.
He helped to get the girl that Parry had fallen in love with, to notice and taken interest in Parry. He stole the holy grail so that Parry would no longer have to face the red knight who tortured Parry. He also, helped Parry socially get out of his scared in closed world and become somewhat human again when he set up Parry with Lydia. The society being reflected is one of hate and destruction. There are people killing other people, poverty has risen, and there is disrespect for the less fortunate.
At one point in the movie Jack met and helped another bum who was a friend of Parrys. Later on in the movie when it looks like he has his life of fame back and he is once again on the radio, he sees this man in trouble and he turns his back on him like he does not know who he is. In the beginning of the movie Jack values money, and fame, and alcohol. Later in the movie he learns to value friends, relationships, love, and life. He learns to love gain when he gets back together with Anne, and Parry teaches him to appreciate friends.
All the issues in the film were resolved. Jack returned to radio after a time of trying to find out who he was, which he succeeded in doing with the help of Parry. Parry finally put to rest his past darkness and sorrow and found someone to share his life with. I though it was a good movie and give it 3 stars.