The Year of Living Dangerously

 I truly enjoyed watching this film in which Mel Gibson, Sigourney Weaver and Linda Hunt gave a phenomenal performance. It was very moving to see a character like Billy Kwan and how he loved and cared for so many people. I was amazed to discover the Billy Kwan was played by a woman named Linda Hunt. It is no surprise that she won an academy award for Best Actress in a supporting role. The majority off all the memorable lines from the movie are spoken by Billy. Mel Gibson also did a great job in this film as the Australian journalist Guy Hamilton (love the name by the way) on his first foreign correspondent assignment in Indonesia. I believe that Guy was a success because Billy helped him get there, without Billy I don’t think he would have done well in Indonesia. It was very sad to watch their friendship fall apart near the end of the film when Guy betrays his trust with diplomat Jill Bryant just to get the story of a life time. Billy had a sense of loyalty that Guy lacked and Billy felt betrayed by Guy’s decision to seek out his big story. From this point the film got sadder and sadder. I still can’t believe that Billy jumped from the window and killed himself just to get Sukarno’s attention for the people in his country who were starving. In the end I am glad that Guy was able to make it out of Indonesia safely, except for his eye. It was a very intense film that I enjoyed watching very much. This one is a must see. Billy was by far my favorite character in this film.


December 8, 2010. Movie Reflections.

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