The thing I love the most about being a stay-home mom is the fact that I can watch all the movies I want with my son. But of course, I spare him all the “princess and happily ever after” stories. Personally, I never really liked those fairy tale stories because there were no lessons learned from them. The most a kid can get from such stories was just an illusion of thinking there were such things as a prince charming and a princess living happily ever after. That’s the last thing I want my son to believe in.
There are so many movies I want my son to see. Luckily, I have been exposed to movies that were worth watching. I was pretty lucky to have seen great movies while growing up. The movies I have seen and have loved while growing up are timeless.
Movies such as The Lost Horizon and The Sound Of Music are unforgettable. I especially like the sound track of both movies. The songs, Climb Every Mountain from The Sound of Music and The World Is A Circle from Lost Horizon, have meaningful messages for everyone. But there’s this one particular movie I want my son to see and appreciate. It’s the movie called Cool Runnings.
The movie Cool Runnings is a story about the Jamaican National Bobsled team. Amazingly, Jamaica actually has a bobsled team in spite of their tropical weather. How it came about is an inspiring story about four guys that had a dream and went for it.
I can’t say it’s a true story because there are a lot of write ups that say the first Jamaican National Bobsled team is not really composed of sprinters. Nonetheless, the story of the movie imparts a meaningful message for all.
The story of the movie starts out with Derice Bannock, Yul Brenner, and Junior Bevil trying out for the 1988 Summer Olympics only to end up tripping each other and getting disqualified. Focused on getting to the Olympics, Derice thought of the 1988 Winter Olympics and decided to create his own bobsled team composed of the same guys that had been disqualified from the Summer Olympics of the same year.
Derice got with Junior and Yul to form the first National Bobsled Team of Jamaica. He has also asked his friend Sanka, an experienced pushcart racer, to join the team.
Then Derice sought out Irving Blitzer (Coach Irv), a Bobsled Gold Medalist in the 1968 and 1972 Winter Olympics. Unfortunately, he ended up cheating in the 1972 Winter Olympics and was eventually disqualified. He ended up living in shame in Jamaica. Derice sought him out to become their coach.
The story goes on with these unique, crazy, and funny characters focused to get to the 1988 Winter Olympics.
There were so many challenges for the first Jamaican National Bobsled Team. One of the many challenges was that they knew nothing about bobsled. Second, they didn’t have a bobsled. It just seemed so impossible that they could ever get to the 1988 Winter Olympics. The only thing that kept them going was determination.
Two Memorable Scenes
There are two scenes that I love about this particular Disney movie. The first scene is a conversation between Derice and Coach Irv. Derice asks Coach Irv why he cheated in the in the 1972 Winter Olympics. What Coach Irv has to say left a very meaningful message.
According to Coach Irv, he had been so used to winning that he couldn’t see himself without a medal. He then shares with Derice his realization about winning. A real winner sees himself to be one with or without a medal. A medal doesn’t define a true winner. This is definitely a good lesson my son can get from the movie.
The second scene that’s also very meaningful for me is when their bobsled breaks down and the team carries it across the finish line. This leaves a very inspiring message to finish a race.
So at the end, they may not have been the champions but they won a lot of hearts because of their determination, patience, and perseverance. At the end, they may not have won the race to become champions but they were still able to cross the finish line in spite of everything. I find that to be a very important lesson life. No matter what the challenges are, we just need to finish the game. In real life, we all need to cross the finish line with integrity. That’s pretty much the mark of a true champion. I wouldn’t mind my son picking up this valuable lesson in life at a very young age.
The movie, Cool Runnings, is really worth watching. I wouldn’t mind my son watching it over and over again.