Gargoyle movie heroes: Round 4
Published: Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - 9:26am
Before we get into the new round of voting, here are the results of last poll.
Atticus Finch vs. Captain Miller
As seen in: "To Kill a Mockingbird"
Atticus Finch isn't like many of the heroes on this list. He doesn't possess any superhuman ability or skill, and he solves his problems by different means than brute force. Atticus is fighting a different kind of fight with his own set of skills. Atticus is a southern lawyer in the time of the depression. He steps up to defend an African-American worker who is wrongly accused of rape charges. He tries to stand up against the social injustice of the time to defend a fellow human being that deserves better. At the same time that this is happening, Atticus is dedicated to raising his children and teaching them how to be accepting and good in a hateful world. Atticus may not be a fighter in the conventional sense, but he is a true hero.
As seen in: "Saving Private Ryan"
Captain Miller is a good soldier, but also a human being. He feels the pressures of WWII all around him as he leads a squad through Nazi occupied France. All he wants is for the war to end and his men to go home to their families, but there's another soldier out there that needs their help. Private Ryan, the youngest of four brothers, is now the only one surviving. Captain Miller receives orders to retrieve Ryan from the heart of France and return him home. Miller fights against both literal threats of enemy gunfire and personal threats of the psychological scarring that comes with war. Above all he focuses on trying to keep his men alive, caring more for them than himself.
Mulan vs. Andy Dufresne
As seen in: “Mulan”
Mulan is a young woman who faces the pressures of earning honor and respect for her family. She is expected to do this through marrying a good husband, but Mulan wants to be judged on her own abilities and strengths rather than her social standing. Mulan is forced to prove her commitment to that belief when her elderly father is called to war. Fearing what might happen to him, Mulan disguises herself as a man and steals her father's armor to fight in his place. Although She faces many trials and tribulations, Mulan becomes one of the best fighters in her unit. Unfortunately, in the aftermath of a great battle that Mulan helped to win, her secret is discovered. Mulan is then forced to prove that she is still the same hard-working, honorable, and dependable warrior that she was when she pretended to be a man. Mulan fights for herself, but also for those who would not accept her help. She earns the honor she recieves, and becomes a hero to all of China.
As seen in: "The Shawshank Redemption"
Andy Dufresne was wrongly imprisoned for murdering his wife and her lover. Being thrown into the ineffective and inept prison system, Andy faces many injustices, ranging from the exploitation of his skills by the guards and director to physical and sexual abuse from his fellow inmates. Even as Andy finds himself wrongfully punished, he never looses hope. As years turn into decades, Andy still perseveres in his hope for a better tomorrow. Andy seeks to preserve the good in others and nurture his fellow inmates to not only survive the terrors of the system but also be able to survive on the outside. His care for others and his hope for them to embrace culture and intellectualism over violence and anger makes Andy a truly pure and virtuous hero of movie history.
Juror #8 vs. President Marshall
As seen in: “12 Angry Men”
Although we never learn the name of this mysterious character, he leaves a great impression as a man who stands up for what he thinks is right and defends those who need him most. During what appears to be an open-and-shut case, 11 of the 12 jurors quickly agree that the defendant is guilty of murder and should be sentenced to death. Juror #8, however, refuses to accept the simple and less thought-out answer, and leads the group on an exploration of the facts as they know them and how they are relevant to the case. This man stands up to 11 of his peers who adamantly disagree with him and slowly begins to win them to his side, showing both his fortitude and moral standing. Juror #8 is he epitome of the unsung hero, representing what every modern educated American should strive to be.
As seen in: “Air Force One”
President Marshall is an intellectual diplomat and a fitting leader of the United States. In addition to these more mundane skills, he is also a skilled fighter and strategist. Marshall gets a chance to showcase these traits when Air force One is suddenly hijacked by a terrorist group. In addition to the President, the plane also contains the vast majority of the white house staff and the President's wife and children. Marshall is given the option early on to escape the fiasco and guarantee his own safety, but he refuses to leave without first saving his family and colleagues. Marshall values the safety of those he cares about over that of his own, making him a compassionate as well as bold hero.
Dr. Richard Kimble vs. Daniel-San
Dr. Richard Kimble
As seen in: "The Fugitive"
Dr. Richard Kimble is charged and convicted with the crime of murdering his own wife. Kimble is innocent, of course, and desperately wants to find the true killer. An opportunity suddenly presents itself as Kimble's transport is suddenly involved in a massive accident and he is able to escape. Kimble now finds himself on the run from the police while simultaneously trying to discover the reasons behind his wife's brutal murder. Kimble is relentless in his pursuit of this goal, and fights more for the idea of justice than for his own personal benefit.
As Seen in: The "Karate Kid" trilogy
Daniel-San was victimized and bullied when he tried to fit in to his new school in California. A gang of Kobra-Kai karate students used their impressive martial arts skills to overpower Daniel and discourage him from ever making a name for himself. Luckily for Daniel, he meets an wise old man named Mr. Myagi who teaches him the secrets of karate mastery. Daniel works hard, and after months of training becomes one of the best fighters in the city. It was Daniel perseverance to come out on top that makes us root for him. As the movie progresses, we watch a scrawny little kid become a disciplined young adult. Daniel learns from Myagi what it means to be a true hero, and grows in the process.