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Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Tribute to Mr. Holland's Opus

I'd heard about this movie from friends, and they recommended that I watch it. That was more than 10 years ago. Having finally seen the entire movie, it was quite an uplifting experience. I also loved the angle of Mr. Holland, the music teacher, having a hearing-impaired son. That gave the story an interesting twist. Oh, that and the almost love affair that he has with one of his ace students, Rowena. I don't know if this movie ranks anywhere near my all-time favorite movies, but watching it the other day, and seeing as to how it deals with an area of my life that seems to be central to it a ce moment, teaching, that is, I couldn't help but feel a connection with it.

The trials and tribulations that Mr. Holland's character faces in the form of his students really helped put a smile on my face. To see him come to his wit's end when trying to help them out, only to embrace the radical and come up with real solutions is something that I aspire to be able to do for those who come to me under similar circumstances. I guess, like I said earlier, that this was the biggest source of entertainment for me in this movie.

A feel good movie that's worth a watch. Richard Dreyfus gives a solid performance as Mr. Holland, and I think he won an Oscar for it. I'm not going to rate it out of five or ten or anything. But please do watch it if you're ever in the mood for something warm and fuzzy.
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