January is my birthday month, so I decided that I would try and do something quite unique and special for this milestone in my life. I will be turning 46, so I decided to watch 47 (46+1 for good luck) of my all time favorite movies in a random order over the course of this month. I have reviewed every one of these films already, but I will now give new perspectives on them all. Every one of these films received a 10/10 scoring from me. Some of these reviews will contain spoilers so if you have never seen them before, I recommend that you read some of my previous reviews of the film that were spoiler free before reading on…
Hope you enjoy!
This is film #21 of the 47.
Let’s continue with… Mr. Holland’s Opus (1995)
Initial Viewing Memories – I saw this film by accident in the theater not knowing what it was all about and was quickly taken in by the way that this film depicts the kind of affect and influence that someone can have on those around them without realizing it. It is my favorite film that deals with a teacher’s influence on his students over the course of decades.
“It’s almost funny. I got dragged into this gig kicking and screaming, and now it’s the only thing I want to do. ” – Glenn Holland
Number of Times Seen – at least 10 times (Theater in ’95, video, DVD, 9 Jan 2001, 19 Mar 2014, 20 Jul 2017 and 13 Jan 2020)
Brief Synopsis – A musician takes on a teaching job as a fallback profession not realizing how much it will define his life.
My Take on it – Amazing film that is able to show how a teacher can have an impact on their students which can last for years, if not decades.
This movie is able to show us a few stories within the life of this characters life and each of them are very different and allow us to see his influence on the lives of those around him in very different ways that are all quite effective.
Richard Dreyfuss is superb in the lead role and was quite deserving of his Oscar nomination for Best Actor for his work in this movie.
The story is quite realistic and they find a great way to present this character arc which is so poignant the whole way through.
The film is a great example of showing how decisions that people make in life can lead them to places that they never expect.
The supporting cast is also great and help Dreyfuss’ character develop over the course of the movie.
Olympia Dukakis, William H. Macy, Terrance Howard, Jay Thomas, Alicia Witt, Jean Louise Kelly, Balthazar Getty, Joanna Gleason and Glenne Hadley are all perfectly cast in the roles that they are given.
The music of this film is amazing and the score by Michael Kamen along with the sings add so much to the atmosphere of the story.
The use of songs from the different eras as a way to bridge the gap between the stories works really well in establishing the passage of time.
The rendition of Beautiful Boy as sung by Dreyfuss is the most emotional scene in the film and always makes my eyes tear up.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – David Clegg, the actor who portrayed the school board superintendent, was in real life a school teacher. His first love was acting but turned to teaching to provide for his family and ultimately made a career out of it. A real life Mr. Holland. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)
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