Saturday, March 21, 2009

Secondhand Lions

Movies that strike a chord in our lives are few and far between. Most of the famous movies, touted as classics leave me cold. I am not a fan of Casablanca or the dissolute downward spiral of Toulouse-Lautrec in the old version of Moulin Rouge. What I do like is a movie with fabulous acting, great characters and a touching and somewhat sentimental storyline. One of my favorite movies of all time, is Secondhand Lions. Maybe in my declining years, I identify with the two main characters, Garth and Hub. Maybe I admire the emotional courage of Walter, the young boy forced to live with his irresponsible mother and yet finding a way to be a decent human being. Maybe, in the last analysis I identify with the aging retired second-hand lion.

In a world where explosions are considered the main character of a movie, it is refreshing to find a movie that can make you shed a tear or two on the strength of its characters and its story line. My vote for one of the top ten, is Secondhand Lions.


  1. Ha ha, good for you! This was a terrific combination of story, casting and interpretation.

    Try Tim Burton's 'Big Fish'. It's golden Albert Finney, and a great twist on father/son dynamics @ the close of life.

  2. Secondhand Lions is one of my favorite movies too! I should watch it again.