This is my second of 3 entries in the Blizzard of Oz Blogathon being hosted by Quiggy of The Midnite Drive-In.
Tnx for letting me partake Quiggy!
Number of Times Seen – 1 (18 Jun 2019)
Brief Synopsis – A retiree who spent his life restoring an old motorcycle dreams of traveling to America to try and set a land speed racing record.
My Take on it – This is a film that I heard about not long after it came out yet the title and what I knew of the plot didn’t intrigue me at all to try and find the time to watch it.
While trying to find films to watch for this blogathon, I came across this title and decided to finally give it a try.
I knew very little about the story and was taken quite by surprise as to how enjoyable it was to watch
Anthony Hopkins is great in the lead role and does a great job with this character’s personality and speech pattern to make him so different from previous roles that he has played over the years.
The character’s quirks definitely make him stand out and feel unique.
The story itself starts off feeling a bit far fetched, but as things move along, it’s easy to see how intriguing a story it turns out to be.
The fact that this movie is based on real events adds to the enjoyment since we know that much of what is being told here really happened.
The story is extremely inspirational and this also helps make it intriguing to follow what happens.
Bottom Line – Nice story that is presented quite well here. Hopkins does a nice job playing the lead here and adds some nice quirks to his character’s personality and speech patterns that help distinguish him from other characters played by Hopkins over the years. The story seems a bit far fetched at first, but as the story progresses, we get to see how intriguing things are. The fact that this is based on truth helps make it even more enjoyable because we know that many of the events described here actually happened. They manage to keep things quite inspirational throughout which also helps. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Burt Munro’s children visited the set one day, when, according to Writer, Producer, and Director Roger Donaldson, “Tony (Sir Anthony Hopkins) was having a particularly good Burt day.” His performance was so authentic, that it moved them to tears. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)
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