Flash Movie Review: The Rider

I HAVE NOTHING BUT ADMIRATION for someone who spent their entire life working to achieve one goal. During a social engagement I was talking with one of the guests who happened to be a plumber. From the conversation we were having, he expressed how he always wanted to be a plumber ever since he was a little boy. While the other kids were playing at the public swimming pool, he was in it trying to figure out where the water was going in the vents by the side of the pool walls. Another time his parents caught him trying to take apart the kitchen sink and drain with his children’s tools. I found it interesting to meet someone who had only one goal and did not care what other people said about him. He did say his parents were not thrilled that he dropped out of college so he could devote all his time to learning his craft. Seriously, one must give him credit for knowing what he wanted to do and then pursue it to make it happen. How many of us wind up in a job that we either dislike or have no investment in it?      THINKING BACK TO THE DIFFERENT paths I was on for a career choice, it amazes me that I settled into a position that nurtures me. At one time I wanted to be a full-time fitness professional; like the people you see on the infomercials who have trademarked an exercise method. While that was going on I still had dreams of being either a writer, psychiatrist or veterinarian. All of this superseded my earlier career hope of being an international DJ. Remembering all of this, all I can say is I certainly had eclectic tastes. Do I have any regrets that I did not achieve one of these as my sole profession? Not really, as you can see I had varied interests back then; I never devoted all my time towards one path. On the plus side I presently continue to get much joy out of teaching fitness/yoga classes and writing these movie reviews. I realize not everyone experiences joy from what they do, so I am quite grateful. And if and when the time comes where I can no longer do one of them I cannot imagine I will feel lost. These things are only a part of me, they do not define all of me; unlike the main character in this dramatic, film festival winner.      AFTER A SERIOUS HEAD INJURY Brady Blackburn, played by newcomer Brady Jandreau, had to find a way to redefine himself since he was being told he could not do what he loved. Based on a true story this film was made up of newcomers; there was Tim Jandreau as Wayne Blackburn and Lilly Jandreau as Lilly Blackburn. Written and directed by Chloe Zhao (The Atlas Mountains, Songs My Brothers Taught Me), I was at first thrown by this movie. I wasn’t sure if I was watching a documentary or a drama. There was a simple pureness to everything in this picture. From the landscapes to the script to the acting; there was no additional fillers. I cannot say there was action in the story; it was more like a slow burn. Add in the close-up shots and they only intensified the emotional level which I found compelling. The sport depicted in this picture was something I truthfully never gave much thought to before; however, I believe this was an honest and real depiction of these riders. I guess I have only seen the top players on television since this story showed a whole different side. The story to me was haunting and I can only imagine how it must feel being told you cannot do what you love.

 

3 ¼ stars

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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on May 17, 2018, in Drama and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. Quite a few years ago, I went into this place called “The Rose”. It was a favorite hangout for dancing and it was just old fashion cowboy bar in Colorado. When rodeo time came around, all the bronco busters would come in. I was surprised at small many of them were and… how scarred up. Some were just young “kids” with cockeyed limbs, tough, reedy bodies and gouged scars on their faces, but they dance and they loved doing it. I never could understand their passion for the sport though.

    • I do hope you get to see this film because I would enjoy hearing your take on it. Thank you for the comments.

      • I immediately found it not too far from here. If you can believe it, only one theater in San Diego county was showing it!
        I loved it and yes, it was a genuine portrayal of the cowboy and extremely well done. I looked up the bio and it did describe Brady and diminutive, as I had recalled many of them to be. I noticed the scar on his forehead from a previous injury. The actors did an amazing job of coming across “authentic” which added a truthful portrayal to their way of life.
        One woman, as I was leaving commented that it was a bit slow in places, yet she really liked it.
        Thanks for bringing this to my attention.

      • Oh wow, that is awesome you were able to find and see it. I am so happy and that you felt the same way I did about the film. Thank you for letting me know.

  2. It is so true: “How many of us wind up in a job that we either dislike or have no investment in it?” So, we should not complain about the life we live as long as we do not follow our soul desire. Thank you so much for this wonderful review!

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