No words can describe how good it felt to watch him die. For starters, he tortured people effortlessly; even seeming to enjoy it. Lying, cheating, even killing were as much a mindless routine to him as buttoning up a shirt is to the rest of us. He once killed a man right in front of his young son, then terrorized that poor kid as well. He was also an arrogant deuce. Self-absorbed with no regard for people, other than other brutes who served similar evil purposes. And it felt good that the guy who killed him, Indigo Montoya (the little boy who was orphaned by him and then terrorized), was so deserving of the vengeance he got over this six-fingered man.
I have to admit that at times in my life I felt the same way when I heard stories of similar individuals meeting a similar demise, only in real life. People like Josef Stalin or Saddam Hussein have inspired people to celebrate upon news of their death. Perhaps you heard of the block parties that took place in the western world when Osama Bid Laden was shot dead. But that feels a little weird, doesn’t it. Don’t get me wrong: I wouldn’t defend someone like Stalin or Bin Laden if my life depended on it. But to celebrate a human death outside of fiction just feels… inhuman?
Being glad that Voldemort, Warden Norton, or the Emperor dies is, in my eyes, fine. Heck, I get catharsis watching certain individuals getting punched, kicked, and/or bodyslammed on a weekly basis. But I think we all can agree that it’s very different when translating to real life. In this case, we separate reality from fiction, as we should.
We do, don’t we?
Remember when you first heard about people who would get so wrapped up in a TV show or a role-playing game that they would start to believe that it was all real? As a minister, I remember being told about a person who requested prayer for someone in a church service, that person being a character from their favourite soap opera. Well, we are just as delusional when we celebrate or anticipate with hope the death of real people.
I am infuriated with Kim Jong Un. I hate what he has done and is doing to his people, not to mention his attempted fear mongering on the people of the United States. I believe people like him are a threat to the world we live in. But, in discussions with my friends and colleagues about current events, I do not and will not suggest that the man needs to be “taken out.”
Like all of us, I want deliverance for the good people of North Korea. I want peace. I want justice. If in the process of attaining those things he ends up getting killed, well, those things happen when dictators dictate and when people and their allies fight back. I would even say it would be better for him to die in the process than for innocent people to, but I do not wish it on him. Hans Gruber, yes. A real fellow human being, no.
Does anyone die in Hell or High Water? If so, is it satisfying? You’ll have to watch it to find out. No spoilers on this blog.
Congratulations Hell or High Water. This is your week.
Best Actress: Hailee Steinfeld as Mattie Ross in True Grit.
Best Actor: John Goodman as Walter Sobchak in The Big Lebowski.
Best Quote: “Yeah well…the Dude abides.” — Jeff Bridges as the Dude in The Big Lebowski.
My top 10 favourite Jeff Bridges movies:
10. The Fisher King (1991)
9. K-PAX (2001)
8. Tucker: The Man and His Dream (1988)
7. Starman (1984)
6. The Contender (2000)
5. True Grit (2010)
4. The Big Lebowski (1998)
3. Crazy Heart (2009)
2. Hell or High Water (2016)
1. Iron Man (2008)
My top 5 Jeff Bridges movies I hope to see someday:
5. Wild Bill (1995)
4. The Last Picture Show (1971)
3. Fat City (1972)
2. Thuderbolt and Lightfoot (1974)
1. Bad Company (1972)