Sunday, July 18th
Hiiiii. I’m so late to writing this but I really needed time to process what I just watched. Sunday night, I went to go see Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain. I knew off the rip this would be heavy for me, & I definitely shed some tears at the end. For those who don’t know, this is a documentary on Anthony Bourdain’s life. He’s this all-star chef, writer, host to his own television series where he tours the world and gets to try all these different foods, experience all these different cultures. Basically you’d think he’d have it all & be super happy… nope. He committed suicide at age 61.
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Honestly, this entire film was majorly triggering for me. As someone who suffers from depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, & addiction, I saw myself in Anthony A LOT. Not to make this about me, but more so wanting to relay how it affected me. Tried to go Live to talk about (see above) & realize no one cared lmao. It’s okay though, shout out to Corey who tuned in & actually idolizes Anthony. Well, shout out to Val for asking me to go see it lmao we hit the 10:2opm showing at AMC Burbank 16. Omg! I just remembered they made us pay $1 for a mask. I was liiivvvviiiidddd. AMC really charging a dollar for mask. Flabbergasted!
amc theaters made me pay $1 for a mask 🥴
— Shirley Ju (@shirju) July 19, 2021
IMDB plot: A documentary about Anthony Bourdain and his career as a chef, writer and host, revered and renowned for his authentic approach to food, culture and travel.
Honestly, truly, as heavy as it was, I think they could have shown a bit more of Anthony’s struggle w/ heroin addiction and his mental health. They touched on it a bit, & I understand wanting to keep it positive about his legacy. I don’t know. I’m torn. I was honestly super sad at the end of it, it just felt like all that lead up to his suicide. The film is 2 hours long, lots of footage of his life, his career, the behind-the-scenes. Made me wonder if they were in the works of doing a documentary to begin with. It also reminded me to be present & grateful for what I do have. Because life is not promised, tomorrow is not promised.
Not to get too deep, but I’d definitely recommend anyone to watch this. First off, it’s a documentary so it’s educational. That’s how I look at it at least. Anthony touched a lot of people’s lives & he needs to be celebrated. What really stuck out to me is seeing how Anthony reacted in these third world countries that were super poor or had something tragic happening. I think that’s what got to him the most, then his own personal relationships. Man, this breaks my heart even thinking about it. He had a daughter too. 🙁
It was also cool seeing the people close to him give their personal takes on Anthony & the role they played in his life. My heart goes out to each one of them because I imagine they’re still grieving. <3