Sunday, July 09, 2006

World's Fastest Indian

Saturday @ 6:00 p.m. – World’s Fastest Indian. Film was released by Magnolia Pictures (Mark Cuban's company) in the US. Roger Donaldson directs Anthony Hopkins in the true story of Burt Munro, at the age of 62, on his fish-out-of-water tour across the US onto Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats to try and set a land-speed record on his vintage Indian motorcycle. He still holds a world record for speed on a motorcycle. Donaldson knows the subject well as he filmed a documentary on Munro in 1971.The film is pure formula and certainly has plenty of “hokey” moments. Fortunately, the film has Anthony Hopkins at the head, and he wins over the viewer with a disarming performance marked by modesty and the curious little laugh with which he inflects many of his more important lines. His skill makes us see that Burt is so open to life and its possibilities that all manner of people immediately spark to him and help him out. There is nothing in the film that will interest younger viewers, but nothing that parents should disapprove either. It’s simply a tale that older audiences will appreciate more and should leave the theatre inspired. Another film that I think would have played well at Valley View had the marketing gone better.

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