The first reaction post was filling so quickly, I thought it might be better to open a second to continue the discussions.
As for me, the best word I can think to describe my feelings while watching The Other Guy is “release”. It’s like a great weight has been lifted, and a lightness is exactly what I see in the characters, especially in Sarah. Oh, that smile.
That will change. I’m sure that as I rewatch (again and again and even more in my mind’s eye) the feeling will become much more like satisfaction. My thoughts start with Pink Slip and Prague. When I think of it, I think of only one thing, “That was not the kiss I was expecting.” Then, when I think of The Three Words and remember Chuck’s speech at the fountain, the speech he gave to Karl Stromberg (Vinnie Jones), I know that a story is started and a path is laid out. All that lay in between this speech and Paris is side story and detail about Chuck’s maturation and Sarah’s rescue.
He directed that speech to Karl Stromberg, but gave it to Carina, and to Sarah too. But mostly, he gave it to us, the fans. We can talk endlessly about the mechanics of how we got here, and about the necessity of the path that was chosen. There’s plenty of time for that.
But right now today, that’s not what’s on my mind at all. And if I can generalize, I don’t think it’s on yours, either. Oh yes, I saw the plot holes, and the continuity slips. But none of that amounted to much when my wife blurted out “Shoot him!” at the appropriate moment. None of that mattered from the instant that Sarah said “You’re still my Chuck.”
There was a moment of uncertainty. Chuck had done everything he could to save Sarah, and was about to fail. Then he pulled the trigger, but the uncertainty wasn’t about that. Up to the last minute, Chuck, and we, worried that Sarah would not accept what Chuck had decided he must do. Her joyous “You saved me!” dispelled that doubt instantly. The relief was palpable.
All that matters for the next 20 days or so is that our favorite characters can revel in each other. We’re all ‘shippers now, but we’ve always been romantics, most of us, and romance has always been foremost in our minds. That makes us very happy.