In my opinion the movie was a little slow but at least it had a plot. There was very little violence compared to today’s movies and the movie didn’t try to rely on special effects to carry it like too many movies do today. It did have some strong language but I don’t think they over did it by today’s standards.
What I like most about the movie are the underlying themes regarding relationships. There are relationships between two people in love, a relationship between a father and son, a relationship between a man and wife, a relationship between friends, etc.
If anything, friendship was the main story in this movie. There are two boys who are best friends and it was easy to see how comfortable they were with each other. You can have a lot of friends but what you really need are one or two great ones. These are the friends you can be yourself around; all the good and bad that are part of you. These are the friends you can tell anything to and you know it won’t go anywhere. These are the friends that generally last throughout the years. These are friends who are honest with you when you’re getting ready to do something stupid. These are friends who’ll comfort you when you do the stupid thing your friend told you not to do. The moral to this story is how amazing a great friend can be. You get to
be yourself not the façade you put on to survive in the world. You’ll have someone to be there for you when you inevitably fall like we all do. You’ll have someone who’ll truly help you develop because she’ll tell you the truth.
The things above aren’t things you typically get from other friends. They come and go from your life based mostly on proximity. The moment you and your friend start moving in different directions for life reasons, the friendship begins to fade away. My wife’s closest friend lives in DC and they love each other and would do anything for each other. They’re in constant contact. She appreciates her other friends but
there’s a whole different level of love compared to her best friend.
Having a true friend will help make or break your life. True friendships often last longer than marriages; this is sad but true. You need at least someone in your life who truly knows who you are because life is empty if it’s based on a façade. Having someone know the good, bad, and ugly about you and still love you, Sound like someone you know?
So I did find the movie a little slow but the insight into a variety of relationships is outstanding. One of the largest common denominators as to whether or not you’ll have a good life is in your relationships. With this in mind it’s important to not only focus attention towards your spouse, it’s important to do the same thing with your best friend(s) because they have a tremendous amount of impact on the quality of your life.