Friday, October 8, 2010

Memorable Monologue: Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium

"When King Lear dies in Act V, do you know what Shakespeare has written? He's written 'He dies.' That's all, nothing more. No fanfare, no metaphor, no brilliant final words. The culmination of the most influential work of dramatic literature is 'He dies.' It takes Shakespeare, a genius, to come up with 'He dies.' And yet every time I read those two words, I find myself overwhelmed with dysphoria. And I know it's only natural to be sad, but not because of the words 'He dies.' but because of the life we saw prior to the words.

I've lived all five of my acts, Mahoney, and I am not asking you to be happy that I must go. I'm only asking that you turn the page, continue reading... and let the next story begin. And if anyone asks what became of me, you relate my life in all its wonder, and end it with a simple and modest 'He died.'"

~ Dustin Hoffman as Mr. Edward Magorium in Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium (2007) 


Univarn said...

Despite this not being particularly one of the films I gravitate towards, I found it enjoyable, and I really enjoyed this quote. Then again Dustin Hoffman is almost always pure mint.

Colton K said...

This is a great quote from new cinema. The film was a great, feel-good movie that was just imaginatively innovating. I'm glad this quote was posted, because I find its uniqueness refreshing.