Rating: PG-13 for mild language and sexual references
Run Time: 2 hours, 7 minutes
The eccentric hero gets his time in the sun in this dramatic crowd-pleaser based on a true story.
Burt Munro (Anthony Hopkins) is a quirky old coot who makes offerings to the Gods of Speed and burns the midnight oil tinkering with the fastest motorcycle on earth.
Burt is the
scourge of his New Zealand neighborhood but beloved by neighbor boy Thomas
(Aaron Murphy) who believes in Burt’s relentlessly cheerful dream as much as
the old man himself. The goal: to set the world’s land-speed record at
Nerve-racking snafus pepper the plot when Burt ultimately arrives at the Holy Grail of Speed. Burt is informed he isn’t properly registered for the race and then fails a mandatory tech inspection that proves how out of touch he really is.
point the needle on the feel-good meter snaps to attention, coating all with a
narrative sweet-and-sour that’s difficult to resist.