6 September 2019 | rodjoynerwpf
West Texas road trip gone good
Cemented in my memory since catching it late night on cable in 1986. I never understood how this movie did not catch on. When in the military in the 80s, a VHS tape of Fandango got passed around the barracks and it became a cult hit in days. It entertained and somewhat connected with most everybody that I know that watched it. Maybe that was the thing. This bro flick might have been too new or focused for its time and it did not fit in with expected cinema expectations for the day. Anyway, I watched it and laughed and loved Costner's confident and cocky delivery and dialogue. The movie ignited some interests in me. I went skydiving a few months later. Have visited and fallen in love with the desert Southwest and especially the Texas Big Bend area and Marfa (drove past the Sonic yesterday). I even got a pilot's license and use the term "major malfunction" sometimes. Being in military I found myself saying goodbye to friends and wishing them a "good life". I think that Mr. Reynolds had a pretty good idea at the core of the key angst of growing into adulthood and being exposed to new experiences. The movie may not be perfect but I think what people have found endearing about the film is that his vision and that genuine angst still are clear.