The Best of Times Movie Summary
“The Best of Times” does not describe the time you will have watching this movie. It borrows its name from the iconic first line of Charles Dickens’ classic novel “A Tale of Two Cities.” The book examined the dichotomy of the French aristocracy and French peasantry just prior to the French revolution. The first lines of the book read: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness…” It continues with further comparisons of how good and bad things were at that time for the French classes.
This Robin Williams-led movie attempts to play off of the dualism expressed in Dickens’ classic by pitting the always-finishing-in-second-place Taft (who represent the peasantry) against the always-better-than-Taft Bakersfield (the aristocracy). The movie starts with an unnecessarily overt pictorama of historical photos showing instance after instance of Bakersfield superiority.
Robin Williams plays Jack Dundee, who serves as both protagonist and simultaneous movie jester. The turning point in his pitiful life occurrs during high school when he dropped the would-be winning touchdown catch in the annual beatdown by Bakersfield. Kurt Russell plays Reno Hightower, the quarterback of the Taft Rockets who threw the pass that Jack Dundee drops. Russell’s life also did not quite turn out as he had hoped either as he now runs a local auto body shop. His dreams of football stardom were squashed when Dundee dropped the pass.read full summary
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