After writing about Vin Diesel yesterday, I felt like I needed to talk about my undeniable love for The Iron Giant. The first time I watched this movie was years after it had come out and I was in my mid-to-late teens. But it still resonated with me on a deeper level.
I was a little older and like most teenagers I was a little lost and confused because I didn't really know my place in the schoolastic ecosystem, so to speak. So this animated film spoke to me on a couple of different levels.
It helped me understand friendship
The way the Giant and Hogarth become friends is probably my favorite things about this movie. Here's a kid who is kind of weird (me), has no friends (me), and has a huge imagination (still me) who becomes friends with a giant robot. It made me realize that sometimes the friends you make are unexpected ones. So I stopped putting so much weight on being friendless and focused more on being myself.
Dean. Yeah, he's one of the reasons. Don't judge.
Since I was a teenager, I would look at these two characters (Hogarth and Dean) as my past self talking to a future self I wanted to be. I don't know what that says about me though, since Dean is a crazy metal sculpting beatnik but I still thought he was the coolest. He did what he wanted and believed in art and...
He said things that were really inspiring
Check out the gif above. Here we have Dean the Beatnik living in a small town in the 50s or 60s (I don't really remember this detail too well) who was so counter-culture that he has a positive outlook on life. He's an artist that cares more about for himself. Also he said the word "kooks" which is always a +1 to coolness in my books.
The overall message of the film
At the end of the movie the Giant almost goes on a rampage and destroys the town but Hogarth reminds him of the power of choice. And throughout the film, Hogarth and the Giant spend their time reading Superman comics. So when the Giant chooses to be Superman in order to save the town from a nuclear missile, it becomes one of the most emotional moments in the film. It helped me think of my own humanity and my own decisions I had ahead of me. It's a great reminder that I don't have to be what people expect of me.
Phew. I actually had to take a break from writing this card because I was getting all kinds of feelings I wasn't used to having (extreme sadness). But if you see the gif above, you'll understand that I'll get over that sadness quickly and transfer into the realm of happiness.
I know Your soul isn't dead Giant, your still alive in my head. I still miss you but I'm glad we got to know each other in the first place.