I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Ilovemoviespeeches. And as today is the 4th of July, I will once again be reviving Friday Favorites for today in order to feature one of my favorite all-time speeches. In fact, this was my first ever favorite speech, and my first memory of ever intentionally memorizing film dialogue. I would rewind this scene again and again just so I could get not only the text of the speech down but also the cadence, timing and delivery. And considering I make a point to watch Independence Day every July 4th, today seems as good a day as any to post this speech:
I haven’t done a Friday Favorite in a while, mostly because no one reads them, but I felt in the mood to revive it for at least one more week. I was recently listening to one of the Thrilling Adventure Hour podcasts which parodied sections of Jaws, and like most references to my favorite films it triggered a lot of emotions and memories about the classic 1975 film. Jaws is truly a masterpiece, far more than just its legacy of propelling Steven Spielberg to the big time and creating the modern idea of a summer blockbuster. Some highlights of the film are obvious, from John Williams’ iconic score, to Spielberg’s Hitchcockian vision for the film, to some of the all-time best scares, to lines like “You’re gonna need a bigger boat.” Other things are more subtle, like the genius editing by Verna Fields who does some truly creative things to build tension, or the script’s ability to make a film about a killer shark with the film’s real villain being the town’s mayor. For me, however, the best part of the film might be this:
In light of my recent post about film critics, I decided today’s Friday Favorite could only be Anton Ego’s review from Ratatouille. It’s certainly something that I can relate to, both as a film buff and as something of a critic. And as I’ve said before, I love a good movies speech. Take a look:
Welcome to “Friday Favorites” which highlight some of my favorite movie-related things. It could be a favorite character or casting choice, a favorite song or score, a favorite scene, line of dialogue, shot or simply a moment. Anything is possible (costumes, sets, etc) and I’d love to hear your suggestions. Note: Just because something appears here does not make it my absolute #1 favorite thing in that category, but it is simply “one of my favorites”.
There are few things I love more than a good movie speech. My first memory of intentionally memorizing dialogue from a movie came when Independence Day was released on VHS and I watched Bill Pullman’s speech before the final battle over and over, writing it down and reading along, trying to get both the words and delivery as exact as I could. A great movie speech can be anywhere from a couple sentences to pages of dialogue, and can be delivered to huge crowds or as a monologue in solitude. Speeches have been the basis of entire movies (The King’s Speech being the most obvious example).