These days i made a new video with one of my favorite movies “Point Break” the 1991 edition. The movie can’t be recognized with such great plot but the reason i love it, it’s because it’s more about the feeling of the heart and soul than the reason or logic in my mind.
Unfortunately the quality is very bad and i want to apologize for that but yeah i guess i just look through the layers… I focus on the emotions, feelings that the scenes, the characters and the music gives to me. That’s my “hack”. That capability gives me the opportunity to somehow skip the quality of the image. But here it was way too late to rewrite it. So next time i will be more cautious…
Some words about the movie and the main characters Bodhi and Johnny.
Bodhi in Buddhism traditionally is translated as enlightenment, although its literal meaning is closer to “awakening”. Maybe that’s why his character is like a symbol of endless freedom. We know that he is a robber but not the casual one. He loves so much the waves, the ocean and surfing that that very same passion it’s channeled all around him. His friends, his ex-girlfriend, his lifestyle… someone can say that this is his charisma, this is why he is the so great surfer.
He loves to ride the wave not only because it’s a way to feel that freedom, but also because he has his respect with the ocean. That connection is so deep that in the final moments he is making his “final” wish to ride the biggest and scariest (for some) wave ever… That is a symbol of real dedication and respect to the power of nature.
Unfortunately that freedom has his price. Nothing in this world goes unpunished. Let’s not forget that he is criminal and not only rob banks but also some guys of his gang of the “Ex-Presidents” hit and killed an innocent.
These circumstances are something like the sign of God that sooner or later your way of life is gonna be tested. By the society, by your inner devils or by the nature and his forces.
Johnny is the other polarity in this “friendship”. The cinematography is taken from very interesting angle in this movie. We can see that besides Johnny is a cop that likes his job, he is also very dedicated to catching criminals and fighting for justice. But unfortunately Johnny “somehow” has lost his natural way to enjoy life. It’s not hard to find out why: dangerous streets, shooting criminals, the “fear” that you can be killed and not last your duty as a police officer to serve to the society. All that combines your own fears, the strive to maintain and develop your capabilities, responsibility towards the society, questioning always your moral and judgement in every situation… all that mixing in one is just like a ticking bomb.
And here is the “Point Break” for Johnny – the moment when he meets Bodhi. Around him and his ex-girlfriend Tayler, he realizes that he missed somehow that very important moment in his life – the freedom, the joy, love…
“Come on Johny!” – are the words of Bodhi shouting to Johnny in the sky-dive experience. “Come on friend, we are all united by our love, by our passion, by our strive for endless freedom”… or just RIDE THE WAVE!!! ; D
Some interesting facts about the movie is that the director is a woman. I said it because it’s very rare in the film making and Hollywood to meet a woman director. I make some research why? And there is some interesting reasons, but that it’s another story. ; )
Here is some part of an article i found very interesting about the “female gaze” way of not only directing and producing the movie and the scenes but also to feel and dive into the characters:
“Maybe you’ve heard of “the female gaze.” Here’s a quick primer on what it’s not: a leering camera that zeroes in on and hypersexualizes a woman’s body parts. (That would be the male gaze. See: Mulvey, Laura.) So it’d seem only logical that the female gaze would simply be the inverse of that — slobbering visuals of biceps and tight butts, right? Not quite. The male gaze objectifies; the female gaze humanizes. It reinforces the idea that the whole package and not just an errant body part is sexy, no matter what the gender identity is. And nowhere is this concept more evident than in Kathryn Bigelow’s 1991 “wet Western” Point Break, a film that redefined the action genre with two key elements: intimacy and equality. Laugh all you want. This is the greatest female-gaze action movie ever.”
More about that you can read from this site:
Revisiting Hours: ‘Point Break’ Is the Greatest Female-Gaze Action Movie Ever