Thursday, April 20, 2006

The Greatest Game Ever Played

We watched this Disney Movie on Tuesday night and we really enjoyed it. I'm not good at writing reviews, but I will say one thing. This movie did not patronize you with phrases designed to encourage the hero or it's audience. No one told the young golfer, Francis Ouimet, "Just follow your heart and your dreams will come true." Or "You can do whatever you dream." Those who thought well of his golf-abilities sought to give him opportunities to play, but no one pushed him into "believing in himself". When he initially turned down the offer to play in the US Open in 1913, they accepted his answer without much of a reply. It was his own determination(according to the movie) that led him to change his mind and accept the offer to play.

I personally don't see the benefit in telling young children that "they can be whatever they want to be". Simply because that is not the reality of our world. On the other hand, we need the courageous people who do not take no for an answer, who continue to try despite setbacks and without seeing success. Their drive inspires others who perhaps will be able to finish what they themselves could only start.
I highly recommend this movie, even if you do not have an interest in golf. I do not follow golf and I picked this movie.

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