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    Reader comments on Mystic River

    Subject: Re: Mystic DisaPpointment (SPOILERS)
    Date: Oct 30, 2003
    Sender: audreyPrevious | Next

    I just picked up a copy of the book having sensed that the film failed to convey what it had set out to. I agree with Joshua's review (that the murder of Jimmy's daughter was trivialized,)but I intepreted Sean pointing the finger @ Jimmy in the final scene differently. The three main characters have something else in common beside growing old nearby the mystic river. In the beginnig, all three were fooled by those they thought were authorities. Later, each acts as his own authority in his adult life. Sean would seem to be the most obvious example of this as he chose to become a cop. This also appears to seperate him from Jimmy and Dave. We know that Jimmy has taken matters into his own hands once before, and observe it for ourselves when he kills Dave. We find out Dave gets his own retribution by killing a child molester. But Sean is no different from Jimmy and Dave, he passes his own judgement too. When he tells Jimmy that Dave didn't kill his daughter, that it was just some senseless in the wrong place at the wrong time situatuion, he knows that that in itself will be even worse to have to live with than the fact that he killed a friend for no reason.I have a hard time accepting Sean's explanation b/c the story is set up perfectly for the murderer (mute boy) to have a motive- he was a/b to be abandoned by his brother. I have not read the book yet. After seeing the film, I don't get the impression that Sean is going to pursue Jimmy, I think he got his. If this theory of mine is correct then I can undrestand Eastwood's intent for trivializing the murder of Jimmy's daughter.

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    Re: Mystic Dissapointment

    The book answers your question much better than the movie did. In it, both Celeste and Sean (Kevin Bacon) confront Jimmy (Penn) in separate scenes, making it clear that they know Jimmy killed Dave (Tim Robbins). Sean vowed to bust Jimmy and the final scene where Sean points his finger at Jimmy and brings his thumb down like the hammer of a pistol is his way of letting Jimmy know that he will eventually nail him for Dave's murder, but all in due time. He is in no hurry. In the meantime, enjoy the parade with your family. After all, they were once friends.






    Comment index:

  • Mystic Dissapointment   from Gary, Oct 18, 2003
  • Re: Mystic Dissapointment   from vanessa, Oct 20, 2003
  • Re: Mystic Dissapointment   from tekaya hamadi, Dec 11, 2004
  • Re: Mystic Dissapointment   from sue, Oct 20, 2003
  • Re: Mystic Dissapointment   from Robt, Oct 21, 2003
  • » Re: Mystic DisaPpointment (SPOILERS) «   from audrey, Oct 30, 2003
  • Re: Mystic DisaPpointment (SPOILERS)   from Mariano, Nov 9, 2003
  • Re: Mystic DisaPpointment (SPOILERS)   from audrey, Nov 16, 2003
  • mystic river   from vanessa, Oct 20, 2003
  • Mystic River   from Joann Lessard, Nov 16, 2003
  • mystic river review   from cs53096, Jan 24, 2004
  • Re: mystic river review   from KT, Jan 25, 2004
  • SAVAGE BROTHERS   from Bill, Mar 3, 2004
  • Mystic River   from Farimah, Aug 4, 2004
  • MYSTIC RIVER   from CLARK DALLAS, Nov 24, 2004
  • Harsher than a Greek Tragedy   from Harold G., Nov 24, 2004
  • great movie   from terry, Jan 1, 2005
  • Re: Saw movie, but still confused about crime details.   from Duh. It was Jimmy's wife, Oct 21, 2008
  • it's just wrong   from san, Jul 22, 2008
  • Mystic Dissapointment   from Gary, Oct 18, 2003
  • Re: Mystic Dissapointment   from vanessa, Oct 20, 2003
  • Re: Mystic Dissapointment   from tekaya hamadi, Dec 11, 2004
  • Re: Mystic Dissapointment   from sue, Oct 20, 2003
  • Re: Mystic Dissapointment   from Robt, Oct 21, 2003
  • » Re: Mystic DisaPpointment (SPOILERS) «   from audrey, Oct 30, 2003
  • Re: Mystic DisaPpointment (SPOILERS)   from Mariano, Nov 9, 2003
  • Re: Mystic DisaPpointment (SPOILERS)   from audrey, Nov 16, 2003
  • mystic river   from vanessa, Oct 20, 2003
  • Mystic River   from Joann Lessard, Nov 16, 2003
  • mystic river review   from cs53096, Jan 24, 2004
  • Re: mystic river review   from KT, Jan 25, 2004
  • SAVAGE BROTHERS   from Bill, Mar 3, 2004
  • Mystic River   from Farimah, Aug 4, 2004
  • MYSTIC RIVER   from CLARK DALLAS, Nov 24, 2004
  • Harsher than a Greek Tragedy   from Harold G., Nov 24, 2004
  • great movie   from terry, Jan 1, 2005
  • Re: Saw movie, but still confused about crime details.   from Duh. It was Jimmy's wife, Oct 21, 2008
  • it's just wrong   from san, Jul 22, 2008