The director, writer,
Viggo Mortensen, cast and crew put together a movie I truly enjoyed.
Did the claims at the
end of the movie take away from the character of Frank Hopkins and the
mustang, Hidalgo? Not to me because most movies are
"based on" life--real or imagined.
And that is why we can
look at this movie and relate with one of the main concepts--of freedom
for both Hidalgo and Hopkins. Hidalgo is once again roaming free
with the other mustangs and Hopkins can finally be set free because of his
acceptance of his family bloodline. This is what the Chief tells
Both Hopkins and
Hidalgo are of mixed-breed. This is another concept--that these
breeds are not pure-bred and thus need a "headstart" as claimed
by the announcer at the beginning of the race.
Whether we personally
prefer or live by the "pure powder" philosophy or not, there are
problems with this philosophy. In scientific terms, a method we understand, our molecular structure is made up of the
same stuff. After that come the differences.
That's when feelings
come in again to connect us through another method we understand, movies like Hidalgo.
We can feel with the Sheikh and Hopkins when they say goodbye in the end,
and we can feel with Hopkins when he lets Hidalgo go.
When somebody is heard
crying softly at the end of the movie, that is something we all know and have
felt, a language any breed can speak--mixed-breed or
What is "purely
mixed" is that the movie touches on the many things that compile in
when I think of Viggo
Go see Hidalgo!