If a book can’t cure a ganglion cyst, it ain’t worth the reading.
The horse was loved for it’s sake and for what it symbolized- a shared dream. That really makes each person in the community backing the horse in the movie feel better and stronger, and want to give more. The horse gave a voice to reveal all their noble longings, their faith, stifled by the roughness of life until they go and take a risk together.
You have a sport where men train their bodies to turn into monster car trucks and smash each other, and it often comes down to a kick by a player who has waited on the sideline. It’s a fact that the kicking position is integral to the success or failure of a team. The game is all about field position, so good kickers give their teams a huge and obvious advantage.
Still, many coaches and players openly disdain their kickers. I must mention a standout counter example: a kicker missed some field goals and the commentators on the post game panel all reinforced one another’s opinion, shared by the kicker’s coach, that kickers did not deserve respect and stood apart from the rest of the team. To my delight, Keshawn Johnson eloquently expressed the lone dissenting view by asking ‘what ever happened to we win as a team; we lose as a team?’
It’s a bizarre sport- but I think because of that strangeness it shows us the weak human tendency for a community to close down when times are tough and open up and embrace more people, particularly different kinds of people, when times are good. It also shows us to wise and strong way to respond to failure, like Rick Sutcliffe’s response to the Steve Bartman incident.
That’s really the question: what do you do when you fail because someone, who you think has it easy, fails?
I saw this movie with my brother, and I’m grateful I did: it added a more meaningful medium to the movie’s atmosphere and message.
The photography was beautifully enthralling, carrying the same sad, slowly shifting weather that surrounded the characters. Aligning the lost long way of life of the Comanche with the short lost way of life of the Cowboys, Hell or High Water expresses the feeling of regret when you’ve lost touch with family, tradition and land, even if that family and tradition had some very rotten parts. It also shows just a glimpse of the hope and fears of the next generation after it builds on, and then moves on from, that land.