From TheScarletSp1der’s shelf to yours…#3

It’s Friday! And instead of going out to watch a movie, you may feel like watching one at home. Only…which one do you watch? About once a month I like to make movie recommendations for you from the movies that I have in my own personal stash through a segment that I love to call “From TheScarletSp1der’s shelf to yours…”

Do you like to collect movies? If you do, you know that the value of a worthy movie collection lies not in quantity, but in quality. As I’ve said before, “You may have 500 movies, but if 375 of them are horrible….then your neighbor with 75 classics has a better collection! In my opinion.” Hopefully these segments will help you in your quest for the perfect movie collection. Several great films never get the recognition that they are due. So, I choose to share the ones I know of with you! Here’s another peek into my own personal movie stash. Enjoy!

My movie to share from my shelf to yours today is: The World’s Fastest Indian

In this film, Sir Anthony Hopkins portrays Burt Munro -A New Zealander in his late-60s (somewhat eccentric, yet practical) who, much to the chagrin or amusement of his neighbors, still loves racing his motorcycle and setting records. In the 1960s, Burt, already known for having the fastest motorcycle in Australia and New Zealand, set out on a journey to the United States to race his motorcycle (a highly “modified” 1920 Indian Scout) on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. His adventure is one filled with several laughs, interesting characters, and perseverance to fulfill his boyhood dream. Through his simplistic attitude and outlook on life (with, innocently enough, very little adherence to rules and even less understanding of the practicality of them) he is determined to not let anything stand in the way of his dream. Not a broken wheel, health issues, mechanical troubles, snakes, culture shock…Nothing!

Burt’s journey and passion affected not only himself, but everyone he came in contact with. The “country mouse meets city mouse” feel of this movie allows the viewer to experience a sense of what it must have really been like for Munro to leave NZ and be immersed into the hustle and bustle of the United States. He befriended a unique blend of characters everywhere he went…from New Zealand to “Hollyweird” to Utah and back. Hopkins excellently gives the audience a loveable character to follow and relate to. Based on the true story of Burt Munro, who, at the age of 68, set the world speed record for a motorcycle under 1000cc’s while on a bike that was 47 years old. That record still stands to this day!

This film is about pursuing your dreams, regardless of obstacles and criticism. Munro accomplished a great feat against all odds and remains in the record books to this day. Though a few thematic elements are present, this film is…in my opinion…one of the best feel good films produced. From motorcycle enthusiasts to movie lovers, everyone will enjoy this film. It won 10 awards and 5 nominations!  Add it to your shelf and watch it today (or stream it on netflix)!

Thanks for reading!

Enjoy if you wish…or don’t enjoy! Happy watching!…and have a great weekend!

The Spider’s Score: I’m not going to rate the movies in the “Shared Shelf” segments….I already own them! That’s gotta tell you something! 🙂

4 comments

  1. My wife and I loved this movie when we saw it! One of our all time favorites! thanks for reviewing it! I hope others will watch it as well.

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    • I hope so too! I absolutely love this film! Did you know that the director worked on this project for over 2 decades? He actually directed a short documentary about the actual Burt Monro in 1971 entitled Burt Munro: Offerings to the God of Speed.

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  2. Great movie! You highlight many of the qualities that I love about The World’s Fastest Indian. Is indeed an unusual role for Hopkins, I think he said on the dvd extras how much he enjoyed doing something completely different to the darker performances that he’s known for. And even if Hopkins is not your thing, this movie can put a smile on most people’s face ( :

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