Music Within (2007)


“Most people go to their graves with their music inside them.” – What was Mr. Holmes saying? Come on guys, it’s not that hard. he’s saying that most people die without discovering their own genius, without expressing the uniqueness that makes them special.” – Mr. Parks

Number of Times Seen – 1 (18 Jun 2017)

Brief Synopsis – After returning home wounded and deaf from Vietnam, a vet tries to use his speech skills to make a better life for all disabled people In America. Based on a true story.

My Take on it – This is a great story that I’m so happy was told to us.

I have always been a fan of Ron Livingston ever since I saw him in Band of BRothers (2001) and this film is perfect for him to continue to show how great an actor he is.

His portrayal of this real life person is done in a way that we can really understand and sympathize with everything that he has gone through.

In addition, we get a clear picture of the plight of the disabled, both veterans and civilians alike and we get an urge to rally for their cause here.

Michael Sheen does an amazing job as a person with CP and his portrayal gives so much humanity to the character that It’s hard not to ;love him.

I really liked how they found a clear way to openly discuss many of the “side effects” that affect disabled people when they have to try and live in a world where things are close doff for them.

They show the many hu=rdles and stumbling blocks placed before these people and unfortunately, their reactions aren’t always the kind that are uplifting.

THe fact that this films message ios about hope and trying to find ones place in the world while pursuing your own dreams is a great one and it rings true throughout.

Bottom Line – Livingston is superb here and helps us understand and sympathize with the plight of the disabled.  Sheen does a wonderful job portraying someone with CP and gives such humanity to the character that its hard not to like him. Really liked how they were able to discuss many of the side effects of disabled people in an open discussion that shows the difficulties and hurdles that people needed to overcome both personally and communally.  Loved the message about pursuing your dream and trying to make your own personal mark on the world. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – In 1981, Richard Pimentel authored the disability attitude training Tilting at Windmills Training Program (Windmills) to help employers hire more people with disabilities. (From Wikipedia)

Rating – Globe Worthy

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