This week’s Movie Monologue Monday is going to look at Jack Nicholoson in Five Easy Pieces.
Robert Dupea (Nicholson) has returned home to see his estranged father, who has suffered two strokes. Dupea was extraordinarily gifted pianist as a child but now lives a blue collar life, having never living up to his father’s expectations. His monologue is an apology/atonement of sorts to his incapacitated father.
I love the physicality of the scene. Nicholson’s status is crystal clear. He immediately drops down below his father and stays down throughout the piece. He bows his head at the end.
I love the pain and the struggle Nicholson portrays. He doesn’t know what to do, he doesn’t know what to say. The words don’t come out easily for him.
I also love the stillness. The majority of the monologue is shown from one locked-down camera angle.
Lastly, I love that there is no musical underscoring. I can’t stand music telling me how I’m supposed to feel.