Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Movie Review: World's Fastest Indian
The World's Fastest Indian tells the real life story of Burt Munro, a New Zealander who set the the under-1000 cc world motorcycle land speed record in 1967 while in his late sixties. The Indian in the title refers to the brand of motorcycle he used, a 1920s Indian Scout. Anthony Hopkins plays Munro and as usual does a good job of fleshing out a real character. He a cantankerous loner and tinkerer, very Kiwi. He starts in New Zealand and travels to the US alone to race his bike and of course he meets intersting characters like a transvestite hotel clerk. It's sort of a combination of British small town quirky comedic drama and a sports film. It works and is pleasant enough for its 2 hours.