What indeed, Elvis? But without war, hate, and myopia, we wouldn’t have the outsiders who drive the drama in so many of our stories.
Like the fish-man and the woman with something fishy about her in The Shape of Water. Or the mysterious stranger who comes to Hollywood with a fat bank account and a dream in The Disaster Artist.
Or the Syrian self-smuggler who blackens himself for a journey to the Great White North(ern Europe) in The Other Side of Hope. Or even the frustrated actress who winds up “just a waitress” in Wonder Wheel. Yessir, without genuine misery, everything would be Just Getting Started.
Opening but (alas) unreviewed: Window Horses.