Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Movie Review: The World's Fastest Indian (2005)

You can tell its been a day with nothing great on TV when I resort to watching movies online.

This is another movie recommended by Leonard Maltin's book.  I didn't think I would find it interesting but I was wrong.  The World's Fastest Indian is based on a true story about a feisty old man who spends all his time working on his 1920s Indian motorcycle.  His friends and neighbours are inspired to  raise funds so Burt Munro and his Indian can travel to the United States and try to break a speed record on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah.

When Burt (Anthony Hopkins) arrives in Los Angeles in 1967 he gets help from some very unlikely characters and is able to make his way to Bonneville, Utah.  Hopkins plays the part of Burt with naivete and down-under charm.  The story of his trip is truly enjoyable.  

When Burt arrives at Bonneville he learns that he needed to preregister in order to run the salt flats.  Burt is not one to give up and his passion and charm draws supporters to his cause and he is allowed to run unofficially.  

The story is amazing.  Anthony Hopkins as Burt Munro is charming.  The movie is long but I just didn't care.