I enjoyed this film because while it does have a white savior thing (purposefully not say complex) going for it, the movie explains and explores why Walt Kowalski is playing that role. Overall Walt is concerned with the younger generations lack of respect for the older and that he recognizes Sue as his neighbor. Once he gets to know them though his saving them is because he has grown to care about them. The last time Walt does his ‘saving’ act, I’ll admit that I was upset that he saved the day at first. Now however I look at differently, Walt clearly knew that his actions were behind the house shooting and what was done to Sue. So in a way instead of saving the day he is really holding himself accountable, and if his last words aren’t anything to go by is atoning for his actions.
Before I go into the strong reasons I see this movie being a good choice of for our program, I want to talk about the two things I love the most about this film. First is the women, I didn’t see one woman in the film that was passive in both the Hmong and white (dead and alive) women. Second is Walt’s character. Even though he is a racist angry old man in the beginning and somewhat in the end, his character shows that it’s never to old to not only change your opinions but it’s also okay to acknowledge your faults and wrongs.
Now on to move relevant observations. This film obviously focuses on Hmong people, which before this film I’d never heard about before, so that was cool. When Sue is talking to Walt about it the first time she says that their not a country but a people and that they came to the U.S. because of the aftermath of the Vietnam War and the U.S. leaving them high and dry when they left Vietnam causing the Vietnamese to attack them due to the Hmong supporting the U.S.. I feel that that one remark speaks loads. The part about Hmong being a people and not a country I feel speaks to the way that race has been in part constructed/validated through countries. Then the part of the Vietnam War really points out that a lot of immigrant populations that come to the U.S. are coming for refuge from conditions and situations that the U.S. has played a part in causing.
Overall however I think this movie really shows that there is more to people than the surface. Sue is constantly is voicing that, but even the other characters show a much deeper side than what they first thought of one another.