8 thoughts on “the things worth believing in”

  1. Robert Duvall may be a total douche in real life, but if I ever become supreme overlord of America, I will pass a law that he and Sam Elliot must be in every movie. Period.

  2. While the delivery may be a bit cliche, I think there is something to be said for the message. Honor, Courage, Duty, Love of Country, Good and Evil, love and everything else “worth believing in” will only exist if people “believe” that they exist. The nhilistic, self-loathing…”hippy culture” that seem to relish in their dark and despairing “reality” fail to realize that “reality” is what we make it.

  3. I agree. It’s a bit cliché and sappy in delivery, but yes, the message is true and sound. Good stuff.

    People these days tend to believe the world is a bad and dangerous place. To an extent, that’s true. But if you pay attention to popular media, it’s like it’s Hell on Earth out there. That is not the case, or at least, I believe it not to be. I do believe we’ve still got mostly good people out there… they just don’t draw ratings for the “news” networks. 😉

      1. I agree with you on all counts.

        And is it odd? No, I think it’s just a natural human thing to do. We naturally strive to preserve ourselves, so these sorts of things are just natural for us to engage in. The whole Boy Scout “Be Prepared” thing. 🙂

    1. The whole movie has a ‘simple’ style to it with ‘clean’ messages and ideas that, by today’s more common ‘gritty’ and ‘edgy’ style would seem ‘cliche’ but within the context of the movie (since this is pretty far into the film,so the audience is already well hooked into this world) it isn’t too hokie or cliche IMO. It’s appropriate. Remember too, that this is a movie told through the eyes of the Older version of the young man recalling these important, life changing events. That a means it has to be ‘cliche’ sappy and hokie for the viewer because we’re peeking into his head and memories. This is no more ‘hokie’ in my mind than the “Earn this” speech by Tom Hanks in “Saving Private Ryan”.

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