Monday, January 15, 2007

Fan Letter to Opie

Dear Opie,

You were such a cute little tyke when you lived in Mayberry, and Andy and Aunt Bea did a fine job raising you.

Then,after the Cunninghams adopted you, and changed your name to Ritchie, you were again fortunate to have such an upstanding, wholesame family to usher you into adulthood.

They could all be proud when you moved back to Mayberry, temporarily, to buy that newspaper, so you could raise enough money to go to Hollywood and produce and direct all those wonderful movies.

Oh, I tell you, I was riveted, RIVETED, watching Opollo 13. I just knew the astronauts wouldn't get back, even though I had lived through those frightening hours when it happened the first time.

I think I've seen almost all of your movies, the ones you appeared in, the ones you directed and the ones your produced and directed. And, they were all beautiful, especially "A Beautiful Mind". OK, "Liar, Liar was kind of silly, but that wasn't your fault. A little bit of Jim Carrey goes a long way, in my humble opinion.

But, I gotta tell ya, Opie, and I hope it doesn't hurt your feelings. I hope you'll just take it in the spirit it is intended - constructive criticism, ya know. Honeybunch, you really stunk it up with "The Davinci Code". Tom Hanks is a hunk and a half, but he was barely visible in most of the scenes.

For pity's sake, Opie, Paris is the City of Light! What happened to all of those lights?? Listen, I didn't just fall off a turnip truck. I've seen pictures of Paris, and even at night, it's lit up like the county fair. Couldn't you have at least turned on the lights in the inside scenes? Sheesh!

And, I'll admit it has been a while since I read the book, and I am getting a bit forgetful, but your movie didn't seem much like the book. I'll give you the benefit of the doubt on that one, 'cause I did drift a bit from time to time. I get sleepy in the dark.

Well, that's about all I have to say about that, as another one of your friends, Forrest Gump, would say. Nobody's perfect. But, try to do better next time, OK?

Your fan,


Kell said...

ya know, that was my biggest complaint about The Da Vinci Code, too. I could barely see anything because it was so dark. We like it, but not enough to watch more than once or sit around and think about it. But that maybe because we couldn't see very much of it.

Joy Des Jardins said...

I guess I'll have to see what you're talking's in my Netflix queue. Sorry Opie let you down Betty....

patsy said...

i have tell you, i thought it was real funny when dot thought you were our kin and i've never told you but when i put your link on my blog sister helen was reading every day and thought you were our sister betty until you post this house you grew up in. helen called and said patsy, who in the he-- is this betty?
but to really take the cake you commented on my blog latly your computer was down and i thought it was sister. i ask fleta on the phone tonight if she knew what was wrong with sister's computer. she wanted to know how i knew and when it happened? i told her and she said oh that the harrison betty. guess i wont laught at everybody now!

Annie said...

I couldn't bring myself to watch the movie, The DaVinci Code, after reading the book, which seemed like pap to me. So now I'm really glad I didn't watch it. Since I agree with you about all the rest of Opie's T.V. and films, I'm sure I would agree with your review of the DVC.

Betty said...

Patsy: I had a feeling this was going to get confusing. LOL

SongBird said...

Ha!! Well, I had been debating whether or not to rent The Da Vinci Code and now I've decided I won't bother with it!!

Susan said...

Well, if that's the worst thing Opie ever does, he's doing pretty good I think.

Sister--Three said...

Betty....I'm Betty...glad to meet you. My daughter lives at Harrison, AR...does yours? teehee

I guess we are one...because I read 'the code', too. Someone said...'are you afraid to read that book?' I was afraid it would 'test my faith'. Well, if they are afraid to 'test their faith'....they ain't got any (hillbilly talk).

I wonder how many folks think I am you...or you are me...whichever!
Are you my id?

The other Betty on Galla Creek. You might be glad not to be the Sister Betty because Sister Helen says she is batty!

dot said...

I thought you were teasing me when you said you weren't a Powell! I was thinking about sister 3 one day and I thought her name was Betty so that's how I got mixed up.

I think it would have been fun to be a Powell!

Tink said...

Well said! The book was wonderful. The movie, on the other hand, seemed like a poorly played summary of it.

Betty said...

Hi, Sister-three! Confusing people is fun, isn't it? Nice to meet you, too. I guess I'm going to have to identify myself as the non-sister when I comment on all of the Powell blogs. BTW, my daughter lives in Omaha, Nebraska, but my son lives in Harrison.

Dot: I think it would be fun to be a Powell, too. I wouldn't mind being their adopted sister, but we'd have to do something about the name thing. When you asked me about it, I couldn't tell whether you were teasing or not, either.

Newt said...

My issue was with casting Tom Hanks. I can never get past seeing Tom Hanks in a movie. So to have him play in Da Vinci just drove me nuts. I have a certain image of the main character and Hanks is about as far from the image as you could get.

QofD said...

I'm glad I'm not the only one who thought the movie didn't live up to the hype. You are spot on!

Chancy said...

Betty.. I loved Opie on Andy Griffith and he will always have a place in my heart. I guess he just had a hard time filming the "Da Vinci Code" It was such a "DARK BOOK" so maybe that is what he was trying to portray.

I read the book and despised it so I did not see the movie.