“You make me want to be a better man.” – Melvin Udall, As Good As It Gets
There has been any number of movies about great leaders, heroes, and inspirational people. Because of the sheer number, I am going to restrict this category to fictional characters. I will not be doing any biopics like Schindler’s List or Gandhi this time around. I will save them for another day. Unfortunately, this eliminates many of the movies I’ve seen with great women in them, but I will be including one fictional female character.
And yes, I realize the first two films I am going to write about are based on books that are themselves partially based on real people, but I consider them to be far enough removed from the real person to not be a biography.
I am going to do something a little different this time. I am going to list the characters below before any reviews are posted. All of you will recognize some of the names; some of you will recognize all of them. As I post a review, I will change the character’s name into a link to the movie’s review. One of these – Juror #8 – is for a previously posted movie.
Note: Because I like positive movies more than pretty much any other kind, you will see higher ratings than usual across this category. (Some people have commented that I am a little stingy when it comes to giving 5 star ratings, or even 4 star ratings.)
As I post the new reviews, I will come back and post the links to them here:
On to the reviews…