Sunday, October 14, 2007
I had heard that this was a great movie (it's considered one of the top 100 movies by many critics on IMDB.com) but I've been leery about believing too much in what the world thinks of entertainment. It's not just the newer movies either, we've watched some highly acclaimed old movies that we will never see again (e.g., The Manchurian Candidate).
On the Waterfront was truly worthy of the 8 Oscars it won. It was awesome, probably becoming my favorite movie, just surpassing Cool Hand Luke. It was uplifting, introspective, and good entertainment. When the show's over you find yourself wondering, "Am I going to live my life being D&D or am I going to be a canary?" Are we going to sit back and let the Terry Mulloys of the world battle evil on their own, or are we going to join their cause, no matter the consequences, because we know what we are doing is right?
"I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender. I coulda been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am, let's face it." This famous line takes in a lot more meaning within the context of the movie. Terry realizes that "short-end money" is no way to live a life, he knows what his potential is and could have been had he made better choices and had people around him to support him. He doesn't let this thought keep him down though, he sees the individual efforts of several men who have stood up against evil and were stopped cold in the process. He isn't afraid of this, and with some guidance from the priest his effort to uphold Good, along with the effort of those who died in the process, ends triumphing over Evil.
I don't guarantee you'll like it, but if you're looking for something uplifting and with a good story line, some action, and a little romance, watch it.