Monday, January 12, 2009
The Last netflix movie I watched, Freedom Writers, was one of the best movies I've seen in quite awhile. If you haven't seen it, I recommend it.
I won't ruin the movie if you haven't seen it. But I thought I might at least explain why I like it. You're not going to see the best acting you've ever seen, and it also took awhile to set this story up...but it was that story that has attracted me to this movie.
As a teacher, my wife liked it also. It's a movie that gets to the core of teaching - teaching is about the kids. These kids were integrated into one school and gang violence was not a stranger to any of these kids. Learning to diagram sentences seemed meaningless to kids that left school dodging bullets.
While I don't support everything the movie teaches (mainly...they portray Erin Gruwell as if she did the right thing by spending hardly anytime with her husband to pursue her career) the movie is overall very solid and thought provoking. This is a good movie if you like dramas about integration and status quo flaws (Glory Road, Coach Carter, Take the Lead).