Friday, March 16, 2012
Off The Rez: from story to film- a good choice or a bad one?
Take a not very well written story, make it into a film, and you will inevitably find it nearly impossible for the movie to somehow be good. I know I'm being a bit upfront about my opinion, but seriously: a story about two Indian used-to-be friends going on a "view changing" journey to fetch the ashes of Victor's shunned alcoholic father just fails to enlighten us and eradicate from within ourselves the stereotypes of what it means to be Indian. One may bring up the counter-argument that this story tackles racial stereotypes by placing these two Indian boys into a situation that any American could possibly get themselves into / easily understand (having a love one whom you have not talked to in a very long time pass away.) However, this argument fails because within the story these Indian stereotypes are clearly accentuated within the characters: odd, seemingly anti-social, not understanding, storytellers.
1) This seems random.
2) This seems stupid- thus accentuating the stereotype of Indian's cluelessness of Western society.
Another instance is the scene where Victor converts odd Thomas into a "real" Indian. What is that, you may be asking? Well, according to the movie, a "real" Indian is a stereotypical one. Not only does this movie showcase stereotypes, but it applies it to the characters outlooks on themselves, thus creating a never ending cycle that results in the stereotypes becoming reality.
Not often do I flat out dislike a movie and/or story, but in this case I find it quite obvious that "Off the Rez" and "Smoke Signals" are just too over rated. Watch it and you decide.