Born Free

I used to love this movie when i was a kid.

lassie1 lassie1
36-40, F
1 Response Jan 31, 2011

I still love it. A few months ago I ran across Born Free on a flight to Thailand. I thought, ‘why not’, I hadn't seen it since 1965. Honestly, I thought it might have lost its luster since I'd seen it as a kid. I remember that my entire elementary school was bussed to see this movie. It was so exciting for a little kid. I can remember waiting to get into the movie theatre with my classmates. The actual movie, many years later, was just a series of snapshots in my brain about a lion who was returned into the wild by a British man and his wife. I remembered that it was special because it was a true story. So, I sat back on the plane and wondered if I could reach back that far. God, what a wonderful movie and wonderful story! As I watched the movie my mind was flooded with what life was like back then. For just a moment I was back there and a little boy again. My mother abandoned me when I was four, so any TV series or movie that featured a good marriage was like milk and honey for me. This story had all the elements of a good yarn: adventure, danger, suspense, drama, emotion, a major problem and a thrilling conclusion. I loved how the wife wanted to keep the lion, I would have too. But then there was her husband, who knew that even death was better for Elsa than living in a pleasant but unnatural captivity. Even in my 50s I cried as they pushed Elsa away day after day. The movie was so well done that, even though I knew Elsa would succeed in returning to the wild, I still was excited to find out. Toward the end of the movie when Elsa appeared with her new family I felt like a great weight had been lifted, and things had been returned to their natural order. Of course, my mother coming back was in the back of my mind, but I could still happy for someone else's good fortune. I really liked the traditional relationship between this man and his wife: he respected and loved her, but knew when to step in and guide her; she respected and loved him, and wasn't afraid to let him lead because she knew it was for the greater good. In the end she said that Elsa would come once a year to meet them at a specific place and that it gave her pleasure to see Elsa with her mate, her 'lord and master'--just as she had a lord and master in her husband. After all these years of feminism, political correctness, and secular progressivism, nothing will convince me that this kind of loving and mutually respectful relationship between a man and a woman is wrong. It reminds me of a line from Robinhood with Kevin Costner. He says to Maid Marian, 'it is good to see you', and she says, 'it is good to be seen'. I had an Indonesian girlfriend like that, it was great. Cheers.