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Friday, October 27, 2006

Quirky Movie Review: The World's Fastest Indian

It's quirky, alright. Quirky, engaging, and just downright fun. Of course, it doesn't hurt that director Roger Donaldson snagged Anthony Hopkins to play Burt Munro. Or that Munro was a real guy, with an inspiring real guy story, and an eccentric real guy personality.

Munro loved his Indian motorcycle. And he loved riding her enough to ship her to America to take her for a spin at Bonneville Flats to see what she could do. It turns out that the motorcycle could do quite a bit...but nothing compared to what Munro could do, fueled by a big dream and an even bigger spirit.

Something that Donaldson manages with this film -- and which I find sadly lacking in many of today's films -- is telling the story. It sounds almost too simple, yet too many directors get bogged down with style and effects and product placements that they forget to just tell the story. That's all I really ask for: an interesting story about compelling characters. Sometimes that seems like it's asking too much, but not so with Donaldson. With an assist from a superb cast, he lets the story and the characters shine.

Read more at the movie's official website.

Then rent the DVD and let me know what you think. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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