March 01, 2006
The World's Fastest Indian (9/10)
Went to see The World's Fastest Indian tonight at Michigan Theater. A really great film, it is based on the true story of Burt Munro who late in life attempted to break some land speed records, one of which stands. Anthony Hopkins is brilliant as usual but so is the kid Aaron Murphy who plays the part of the wide-eyed, believing neighbour.
The film deals with many issues including ageing, living your dreams, bending the rules and being frugal. But the sum of the movie is not about issues it's just about being human and being alive. Part of it is like a road trip across the United States of the 1960's. There are some great quotes such as when the old man tells the young boy that if you don't follow your dreams you might as well be a vegetable. "What vegetable?" "A cabbage." My only gripe with the movie is the soundtrack which is a bit tedious and too close to American Beauty for my liking. Definitely a 9 out of 10 for me.
Now I'm going to read about it on http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0412080/