I'm interested in the Dickens connection, because it's never made very literal what the connection is between Dickens and the story. [Damon's character listens to Dickens stories read aloud on tape, and at the end of the film attends a reading by Derek Jacobi at the London Book Fair].
I don't know why I did that except for the fact that I love it. And I thought it indicates great loneliness, and it indicates great vulnerability. The soothing tones of a Dickens story, if that is your friend and that's what you take to bed with you. I thought that says so much about the character, without saying it about the character. There's a lovely moment where we see Derek Jacobi reading at the end of the movie, and it cuts to Matt's face wreathed in smiles. And I thought, oh, that's so sweet. What a surprise. I love the Dickens part. I don't know why, it just says so much about the character.
(Hope you guys don't mind me going on and on about this. It's so rare these days that we get to see anything about Dickens in a feature film -- especially a character who happens to love Dickens so much -- that I just have to fangirl a little bit!)