Friday, March 9, 2012

100 Films You Must See #86

Peter Weir

I remember fondly The Mosquito Coast as a young man for several reasons, but none so more than the fact, a man has choices and he can live by them or further more, die by them. Harrison Ford (Allie Fox) who plays an idealist who literally travels to no man's land with his young family for he is sick of the constant fear that America brings, is one of those characters in film that you love or hate. He ships out his family to Central America in a remote location to start his own community, his utopian vision is at risk from the initial idea.

River Phoenix (Charlie Fox) his son serves as narrator throughout and we get an account of what it must be like to be in such a position. We also see the reversal of Allie  through him and his becoming a man while his Father clutches to the vary ideals that are bringing down his family, who his goal is to make a better life for.

Peter Weir who also brought you Witness which has similar themes, out does himself again. I have not yet viewed Picnic at Hanging Rock which I am told is his best.

You may see this as an anti-American film, at times yes you could think that as Allie has his resentments. But The Mosquito Coast is simply about one mans vision and how that vision and all those throughout history have been brought down by the masses, for even idealists who have the best intentions for the human race can not ever appease everyone. Another film made much later is that of The Beach by Danny Boyle which explores the very same sentiments and does it exceptionally well.

The Mosquito Coast is a perfect example of what film is intended to do, it is supposed to question you, make you feel and put you in a characters situation, through identifying with them. I'm sure there is something in Allie Fox that is in all of us, and mostly that is an urge to see life in a different way and above all, go out an experience it.

100 Films You Must See