What is Men of Honor about?
Based on true story. Carl Brashear, a black man in the 60s, wants to achieve rank and status in the U.S. Nay but suffers from much racism and prejudice that anybody else would have caved in. Starring Cuba Gooding Jnr., Robert Deniro and Charlize Theron.
What is the one thing that motivates me with Men of Honor?
The main character Carl Brashear (Cuba Gooding Jnr.) has an unrelentless, never give up attitude. It’s inspiring to me because I’ve always listened to the naysayers and played things the safe way. I would have quit under Brashear circumstances. Not this guy though. Even after losing his leg in an incident that makes him a hero yet forces him out the Navy, he still persists. He eventually achieves success, gains the respect of his tormentors and cements his place in history as the first black navy diver; eventually promoted to master diver. His dream all along.
Who is my favorite character? Why?
Although Cuba Gooding Jr.’s character is the main focus and I admire his triumph, I’m going to have to go with Robert Deniro’s character Billy Sunday. He is a man of authority, a navy diver. It may seem that he is a racist in this movie but I don’t think so. The entire time he is under the orders of his superior officer, who definitely is a racist, to not let Brashear advance or pass even. Billy Sunday at the end of the film, and to his own detriment, becomes Brashear’s greatest ally and helps the protagonist in his struggle. Plus Robert Deniro is funny as hell and has that good ole’ anti-hero thing going for him. I love it.
What this movie’s famous line?
Master Chief Leslie “Billy” Sunday played by Robert De Niro. This is quoted by him a few times throughout the film by this character. Just to prove he’s a badass (which he his).
“The Navy Diver is not a fighting man, he is a salvage expert. If it is lost underwater, he finds it. If it’s sunk, he brings it up. If it’s in the way, he moves it. If he’s lucky, he will die young, 200 feet beneath the waves, for that is the closest he’ll ever get to being a hero.”
What elemental message do I see?
Never ever give up. If you want something go do it. Find your motivation, do what you have to but always stay the course. If know deep down that you can want it, find a way, get a plan, and do battle with the world and get it. I’ve drawn from this movie and it helps me when I feel I’m starting to lose my way. This movie helps so much to because it’s based on a true story.
What do the critics think?
Who cares, I love it!