The Waterdance (1992)


“[after Joel nearly crashes the van they’re in] Boy, he sure came out of nowhere, didn’t he?” – Joel

“It’s a good thing we’re already paralyzed.” – Sang

Number of Times Seen – 1 (4 Aug 2019)

Brief Synopsis – After suffering an injury following a hike that paralyses him, a talented writer must try and find a way to live with his newfound disability.

My Take on it – This is a film that I recall hearing about when it came out yet never had much desire to see what it was all about.

After recently finishing a binge-watch of the TV series Mad About You, I decided to give this movie a try since it stars Helen Hunt.

This film does a wonderful job showing us the way that an accident can change one’s life in an instant while also changing their outlook and perspective on things around them.

This film was written and directed y a man who suffered a similar injury to the main character in the film and that adds another level of intensity to things and makes the story even more impactful.

The cast in this film is great and we get to see Eric Stoltz, Wesley Snipes and William Forsythe play characters affected differently by their injuries and each is affected very diversely which says so much about these kind of situations.

Hunt plays Stoltz’s friend and ex-lover who comes to comfort him following his injury.

The chemistry between the two of them is great and shines through in every scene they share.

Ironically, Stoltz played Hunt’s former boyfriend in a few episodes of Mad About You.

That casting decision now makes even more sense to me after having watched this movie.

This film is not easy to watch because it gets quite intense at certain points yet it allows us the opportunity to see both the good and bad parts of living one’s life like this.

They give us a nice story arc that works even if some of the minor story lines fail to be properly resolved along the way.

Bottom Line – Very intense look at the way an accident can change a persons life and outlook on things. The fact that this film was written and directed by someone who went through similar events in his life helps make the story feel even more impactful. The cast is great because we get to see Stoltz, Snipes and Forsythe play men who each react differently to their newfound paralysis. Hunt is wonderful as the former love interest of Stoltz who comes to his aide in his time of need and we can easily see the chemistry between the two of them. Ironically, Stoltz played a former boyfriend of Hunt in a few episodes of Mad About You which now makes even more sense to me. The story takes a very personal look at the life a paraplegic must lead and helps us see both the good and bad parts of that kind of life.  The story arc works even if not all of the story lines get properly unresolved. Recommnded!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – This is a semi-autobiographical film for co-director Neal Jimenez who became a paraplegic after a hiking accident. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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