I was in the mood for a movie on this dark and cloudy and thundery afternoon. My latest Netflix movie choice (“High School Musical”) has not arrived. Netflix DOES have a “watch it now” feature. So I scrolled through the movies that were available, and came across “Cool Hand Luke”. It’s the character Johnathan Trager’s favorite movie in one of MY favorite movies “Serendipity”, so I thought I’d watch it.
I’m not sure what the message of this movie was! And it surely seemed to be a story that was trying to get a message across. There’s definite Christ imagery surrounding the character “Luke”. The character at one point is laid out on a table in a crucifix position, feet crossed and everything. The character escapes jail and is a hero. He is recaptured and his spirit is broken and the other prisoners turn their backs on him. He escapes again and seeks solace in a church where he refers to God as “my old man” and has a “why have you forsaken me” sort of conversation with the ceiling. He ends up being shot and is driven away, to his death, smiling. And he is once again a hero with the other inmates. His final escape with his dying the way he lived – smiling – gives them some sort of salvation. I’m not sure if that was the message.
In addition to all the Christ imagery are a parallel themes of how some just need to be free regardless of the cost. Of how some need boundaries that enclose them tightly to feel safe and powerful. Etc.
Regardless, there were two things that I loved about the movie. Paul Newman was really good looking in it. And the color palette that the director used was spectacular…all silvery blues and grays and golds and browns. Gorgeous. See what I mean?
So, have you seen “Cool Hand Luke”? What did you think of it? What did you walk away from it with as far as “meaning” is concerned? And did you appreciate the colors as much as I did? 🙂