Chloe and Theo (2015)
Director: Ezna Sands
Cast: Theo Ikummaq, Dakota Johnson, Mira Sorvino
A quirky movie about an Inuk’s journey through New York, ‘Chloe and Theo’ is a heartwarming and funny film that dabbles on climate change and life’s simplicity.
Leaving his simple life at the Arctic, Theo (Ikummaq) bravely made his way to New York to share his Elders’ prophecy about the end of the world. Theo finds himself going through the journey with Chloe, a homeless girl (Johnson) whom he befriended after she saved him from being robbed. Together, they went around the city to try and bring Theo’s message to the Elders’ of the south (a.k.a. other powerful people on this side of the world) in hopes of saving the Earth from its impending doom.
Although the movie was intended to give a jab on consumerism and make the audience understand more about the impact of climate change, I actually never felt the gravity of these issues. Chloe and her gang helped out Theo to spread the message, but not because it was something that concerned them, but because Theo was so compelling and innocent that they know he has to be heard. As much as I hate to think about the critics’ low score about the movie, I definitely understand where they are coming from. However, this doesn’t mean that I didn’t like the movie. In fact, I loved it a lot.
Putting the climate change and “critical” factors aside, I loved the movie a lot because it was very charming. Ikummaq was not an actor — in fact, he was an advocate from the Arctic, a true Inuk who has something to say — but his character’s calm demeanor was something that I find so lovely. Although some thought that the movie was preachy, I find his words to be piercing, and I find myself craving for more. He teaches the audience simplicity; he teaches everyone that the earth is a place worth saving for. He shows us the importance of going beyond ourselves and looking at the bigger picture.
I haven’t really talked about this much, but in the past weeks, I’ve been trying to live a more mindful life. Theo’s view on life — embracing the earth’s blessings, appreciating the silence, and giving importance to the sun — was something that was deeply moving (at least for me). Most of us are so consumed with the things that surround us, and while convenience is something that we all crave for, Theo’s questioning about doing the things with purpose surely made a mark on me.
Here is one of Theo’s quotes that I really liked:
“What can your leaders do about your nature when it is so corrupted that when you live each day it’s based on consuming, devouring, and wasting?”
As much as the movie failed to make you feel the real intensity of climate change, it still speaks to you in such a way that you would feel compelled to move and create something to be better. I don’t watch movies to critic, I watch movies because I wanted to feel. And this one definitely made me experience something.
Go watch it. Theo’s charm, wisdom, and pureness are undeniably irresistible. As for Chloe? Well, she’s okay. It’s a bit weird seeing Dakota Johnson all tough and not so smitten by Mr. Grey (if you’re not familiar, she’s Anastasia Steele from 50 Shades of Grey).
My movie rating: 7/10
Watch the trailer here: