The Weekend and The World's Fastest Indian (movie)

I didn’t get the work done this weekend that I needed to, mainly preparing website pages for the site remodeling. Nor did I get much done on my WIP. I like to work on it everyday. I got a little done yesterday, but today was a lost cause. My choir sang at a different church this morning and the congregation was on its feet. It was a lot of fun. My stepdaughter brought my 2 year-old grandson to hear us. During the meditation, when everything in the church was, and should be, totally still and silent, I could hear him call out “Where’s Gammy Di, Mom?” It cracked me up.
Anyway, onto the movies. My nephew, Chris, who is a screenwriter and movie buff, recommended The World’s Fastest Indian. If you’re an Anthony Hopkins fan, this is a must see movie. If you want to watch beautiful, understated acting, this is it. And if you simply want to feel good, rent it now. I didn’t know anything about the story. I really can’t stand seeing older people being taken advantage of–or suffering in any way–so I was worried as soon as the central storyline became apparent. Anthony Hopkins plays a bright, enthusiastic New Zealander who possesses a child-like innocence. His long-time dream is to travel to America to race his antiquated motorcycle at Utah’s Bonneville Salt Flats.  I was initially ready to turn it off to protect myself from a sympathy overdose because I was so worried about Burt, Hopkins’ character. But the movie quickly allows  Burt’s winsome personality to put the viewer at ease. His journey from a small, weed-choked lot in New Zealand to the Salt Flats that he’s dreamt about all his life is one to be savored. Hopkins is at his best. Totally believable and a joy to watch. I only realized at the end that the movie is based on a true story, which makes it all the better. Four and a half lighthouses.
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  1. Lorene on August 21, 2006 at 9:21 am

    My husband and I recently watched this movie and we loved it! I try not to miss an Anthony Hopkins movie but I do have to wait for the DVDs. He’s as believable as Apostle Paul in PETER AND PAUL as he is Hannibal Lecter 🙂 A great actor! I think my favorite is The Edge.

  2. Margo on August 21, 2006 at 9:33 am

    Diane…Gary and I LOVED this movie and saw it when it first came out…isn’t Anthony Hopkins fabulous!!…I wasn’t aware this was out on DVD so definitely I’ll be buying it this week…HIGHLY RECOMMENDED…

  3. Margo on August 21, 2006 at 10:28 am

    Lorene, I like ‘The Edge’ too but I think my fav is this newest ‘Indian’ movie…before he made ‘Indian’ my fav was ‘Meet Joe Black’ and ‘Legends of the Fall’…my husband always liked him in ‘Remains of the Day’…no doubt about it, he’s one of the best.

  4. Brenda on August 21, 2006 at 12:04 pm

    Irony-part of my comps (January) in Humanities-which are very intense-will include part of “REMAINS of the DAY…” Any comments on that about the main characters, Margo????
    I am stressed to the limit as I work on two grad classes, teach, and prepare for comps…all I have done in that area is start taking notes…also my poor PROJECT is on the back burner.
    At Marshall University (We are WVU fans in football and attend those games three hours away)…one must finish degree in a certain number of years-one of my classes may be too far back…so I might need an even extra class-that makes no sense to me-but all about money.
    Anyway-any comments on Remains welcome. (The book or movie)

  5. Brenda on August 21, 2006 at 12:05 pm

    Diane-your grandson-how cute.
    I can remember the first time my granddaughter/s heard my husband sing in church…they were astonished.
    So now when they come…I talk him into using his microphone (hooked to a Karaoke that we seldom use) and sing one of Squire Parsons’ best…they look at Jack in awe…he has that little nuance in his singing that is totally lovely…as does Squire Parsons…

  6. Margo on August 21, 2006 at 2:37 pm

    Brenda, my husband has watched REMAINS OF THE DAY many, many times…I watched it once with him and cried so much in it I decided not to watch it again…the main characters Emma Thompson and Anthony Hopkins were SUPERB in this film, as was Christopher Reeves…I’d say more about this film but don’t want to give anything away to those who haven’t seen it…you probably know what I mean when I say I cried and cried watching it…..3 great actors who did an outstanding job…

  7. Diane on August 21, 2006 at 3:13 pm

    You know, I don’t think I’ve ever seen REMAINS OF THE DAY. is that possible? sounds like a good one to rent. And THE EDGE sounds familiar, but I can’t remember what it’s about. Hints?

  8. Margo on August 21, 2006 at 3:23 pm

    Diane…definitely rent REMAINS OF THE DAY but be prepared with kleenex!!…THE EDGE took place in the Alaskan wilderness where a small plane goes down and Alex Baldwin and Anthony Hopkins fight for survival…don’t want to give too much away but 1 of them is married to Elle Macpherson and the other 1 is attracted to her…..very, very good suspense movie…

  9. Diane on August 21, 2006 at 4:59 pm

    Oh, yeah, I did see that one. Had nightmares. I didn’t like it ’cause it made poor Anthony Hopkins look so vulnerable. Yet I do remember there was a greater message in the movie. Something like, “you may be young and tough, but older and wiser will beat you out every time.” Am I right or misremembering?

  10. Margo on August 21, 2006 at 5:13 pm

    Your right, Diane…at least, that’s how I remember it…

  11. Brenda on August 21, 2006 at 7:37 pm

    I was sad with The Edge also…

  12. Brenda on August 21, 2006 at 7:39 pm

    Speaking of protagonists–how is Andy doing??? Pippa???

  13. Diane on August 21, 2006 at 8:32 pm

    Well, I guess I should post an update, huh?

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