March 3, 2010
I’m evidently the last adult in America to see the classic movie Cool Hand Luke. I don’t dispute that it was filled with excellent performances (and how many of those faces became household names over the next ten years!) but I’m still troubled by the premise that “more guts than brains” is somehow desirable or admirable, especially when it is so self-destructive. It strikes me as glorifying animalistic behavior – never mind how clever the various escape attempts were, Luke never succeeded. What of the concept of “live to fight another day?” or do you die still struggling in your prison?