Coming highly recommended from my Father, I sat back one night to watch a movie that I had high expectations for. I walked away being surprised with what all I walked away with.
In this unique movie, Anthony Hopkins plays Burt Munro, a gentleman from New Zealand who loves to fell the thrill of speed on Indian motorcycles. He decides to build his ultimate machine and then come to America’s Bonneville Salt Flats to try to set the Indian Motorcycle Land Speed Record. Burt’s journey draws you in from the beginning. It is as if you are looking in on a life of a person who is totally fine with anyone and enjoys every part of life equally – the good and bad. There were 5 major points I walked away with from this movie.
- Be comfortable in who you are. Burt was not embarrassed about his situations or his circumstances. He knew and believed that his self worth was dependent only on his willingness to be fully present and active in life.
- Dreams are worth waiting for. Burt spent years refining his design and saving money to reach his dreams, and did not begrudge a single day or cent that it took to have an opportunity at his dream.
- Live by a code. There are certain ethical issues that seem grey to people. In truth, life is filled with Grey issues. Those issues only become Black and White because of the code that we live by. Make sure that you are living by a code – and make sure it is worth living for!
- Newer is not always better. Burt had an old motorcycle with old tires, old components, and many retro-fitted parts. And the best part is that he wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. Those parts were exactly what he needed, not because they were new, but because they were perfect for his application. This just proves that there is a new part and the perfect part – only one is right.
- People just want to be understood. Burt met many interesting people on his journey, but he didn’t waste his time on judging them. Instead he tried to understand them and befriend them. He knew that a friend was more useful than knowing he was right.
Here is a quick trailer for you to enjoy – and please feel free to add your comments on this movie!