(Moving Musings are some of my thoughts on some of the all-time greats in cinema. I love story and the power that comes with it, so I thought it would be fun to occasionally post about them. Also, there shall be spoilers. If interested in past Movie Musings, just click here!)
“Words and ideas can change the world.” Mr. Keating
“What will your verse be?”
Since I’m only three Movie Musing posts in, it’s safe to say all the movies I’ve shared about are all time favorites. Ones I have seen many, many times. I love to watch them with friends, because I like watching epic movies with people I’m fans of.
Except this one.
This one I watch alone.
Why? Because there’s no “blink away tears” kind of crying with this beautiful and powerful film. Nope, it’s more like “commence bawling and messy times two crying.” There’s no in between. I watched this a few weeks after Robin Williams’ tragic death, and y’all, only made it worse.
Yet, I’ll continue to watch it because there is such beauty in this film. In case you aren’t familiar, here’s the trailer:
It’s so beautiful and timeless. It speaks to the heart and our longing for beauty in the world. I love each of the characters (well, except for our buddy who throws Mr. Keating under the bus) so much.
I love Neil Perry for his passion, even if he crushes my heart with his final decision at the end of the movie.
I love Todd Anderson for being so young and naive, yet brave enough at the end to take a stand.
I love Knox Overstreet and his you-only-live-once approach to love.
I love Charlie Dalton for everything he is.
And I love John Keating because he represents all the teachers in my life who have challenged me, encouraged me and believed in me.
And because this movie is one of the most quotable, I had to share a few:
“We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for.”
“To quote from Whitman, ‘O me! O life!… of the questions of these recurring; of the endless trains of the faithless… of cities filled with the foolish; what good amid these, O me, O life?’ Answer. That you are here — that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. That the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?”
“No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world.”
“There’s a time for daring and there’s a time for caution, and a wise man understands which is called for.”
“When you read, don’t just consider what the author thinks, consider what you think.”
“Boys, you must strive to find your own voice. Because the longer you wait to begin, the less likely you are to find it at all. Thoreau said, ‘Most men lead lives of quiet desperation.’ Don’t be resigned to that. Break out!”
“Carpe, carpe. Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary.”
May we daily live extraordinary lives and to the fullest because of the freedom we have!
“And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32
Have y’all seen this masterpiece?