Little Billy is more representative of Britain than Trainspotting

Kristofer 2022-04-20 09:01:38

I always feel that there is some inexplicable fate between the UK and me. It seems that there is always someone or something waiting to happen there. At that time, I seemed to have expectations every day, and I didn’t know what to expect. Maybe the expectations were mixed with more restlessness in adolescence. In reality, there are not many opportunities to do big things, and there are not many people who do big things. So give all this restless heart to movies and music. Movies and music are another window to see the world at that time. At that time, "Trainspotting" was like a cool term. It was mentioned in any deviant article. I thought it was the other side of the world that I could see. In short, I thought the content of the movie was as cool as the name. Teenagers in their 20s who have nothing to do every day shoot the dog in the park with an air gun or addicted to drugs Lying on the floor and sinking in the toilet swimming all day, with psychedelic Brits, every day feels like "Perfect Day" . At that time, the understanding of the world was still limited, and some scenes were not well understood. At the end of the film, Reton took all the money with a bad smile at the mirror, and the music of Drive boy dog ​​boy..Dirty numb angel boy In the doorway boy sounded . But at the time, I really thought Reton's behavior was so cool, he seemed to have done something "big thing". At that time, there was also a TV channel called Channel V. Some people may be relatively unfamiliar with this TV station. At that time, Wilber Pan and Chen Zhizhong were still the hosts of this TV station. Unlike domestic TV stations, Channel V is headquartered in Hong Kong, so the programs broadcast are more trendy and more European and American. Every day at noon and at night, there will be a program dedicated to European and American music. It is also in that program that I heard Queen and Oasis. , Blur, U2, Radio Head, Coldplay, Suede... . I am still impressed by several MVs. I still remember the first time I listened to Blur's "Out of time". The United States just started sending troops to Iraq. The MV is about a British female soldier serving in the navy. The tone of the MV has always been a dark green song. At the end, there is a piece of music played with a Middle Eastern musical instrument, which I learned later was called the oud. It sounds very sad and seems to be telling the helplessness of life. The lead singer of ColdPlay stood on the beach wearing a raincoat and sang "Yellow" with a strong nasal voice. The violin soundtrack in the back row of the band in "Whatever" made people listen so excited, as if every note was carved into one's heart, it turns out that the violin can follow Rock and roll combine like family. These music and films formed my initial impressions of the UK.

It was not until I went to school in the UK that I was fortunate to see the real British society. In the 1980s and 1990s, the entire international environment was undergoing drastic changes. In 1989, the Berlin Wall collapsed and the Soviet Union disintegrated. The United Kingdom, like the gears on this machine, followed the conveyor belt. This period was also a period of transformation for British society. Margaret Thatcher carried out drastic reforms to British state-owned enterprises, including traditional industries such as energy, telecommunications, media, etc. The United Kingdom began to fully embrace the market economy, and people from all walks of life were affected by social transformation. I asked some of my British Classmates, they couldn't tell whether they hated or loved Mrs Thatcher. Perhaps the uncertainty of people's future life and social development in that era gave birth to British rock music. There are more young people in their 20s who are not willing to face it, rather they are afraid to face it, and would rather indulge in the intense rhythm played by guitars and drums. Or like the addicts in "Trainspotting", who paralyze themselves with drugs every day, even if their children die, they hope to solve real problems with a dose of drugs. The protagonist Renton also clearly realizes that he can't be like this all the time. Now it seems that Renton is not cool at all. In a chaotic life, he is even more sympathetic. He himself said: "Without heroin, I attempted to lead a useful and fulfilling life as a good citizen.

At the same time, there is another movie that I like better - "Billy Elliot", "Billy Elliot" and "Trainspotting" are the same as the description of the bottom people in the UK, the difference is that Billy is more active and more aware of himself than them. what do you want. Billy lived in the 1980s. His father and brother were both coal miners. Due to the workers' strike, his father could not work, and the family suddenly had no source of income. But pin all hope on little Billy, hope he grows up like a real man, so send him to learn boxing. It may be that his mother died too early. Little Billy has always rejected the family dominated by his father. When he is free, he will go to his mother's tombstone to mow the grass. His background and family did not make little Billy feel inferior. He was still determined to "Choose Life". He did not go to learn boxing according to his father, but went to the ballet class next to him to learn ballet. Hiding in the room and practicing alone with the teacher's voice echoing in my head: Prepare! Go.. Billy. In a head-to-head confrontation with his father and brother, little Billy jumped on the roof, jumped on the fence, and with the lyrics of "Town called Malice" Struggle after struggle, year after year, Little Billy finally jumped into a street where he could see the sea level , the houses on both sides are lined up, and in the camera little Billy is dancing, jumping bit by bit from the other end of the road to the camera, as if the whole street is his stage. Once in Zanzibar, I saw a street scene similar to the one in the movie, but it wasn't Billy dancing, but a local little boy chasing a football with his bare feet on a similar street. Maybe in a few years he will also be seen. It will appear on the football field of a certain league. Billy said about how he danced: "Like I feel a change in my whole body. And I've got this fire in my body. I'm just there. Flyin' like a bird. Like electricity". After seeing Billy's talent, his father insisted on working in the mine despite the opposition and abuse from other miners. His reason was simple: "It's for Billy, he may be a genius for all we know,, let' s give the boy a chance. Billy was fortunate to grow up with a responsible father, a teacher who cared about him, and a grandma who loved him, who eventually pushed him and propelled Billy into the ballet stage of his dreams.

I don't think British rock music is the soundtrack of "Trainspotting" that represents depravity, daily life with drugs, and unreal life, but "We are the champions" proudly sung when the team wins, and "We are the champions" when the team loses. The inspirational "Stop crying your heart out", and the "Survival" that inspires every athlete in the Olympics. In addition, "London Calling", which the public dared to express their voices when the social turmoil was uncertain, and "Out of Time", which dared to sing opposition when the mainstream melody unanimously supported the United States' fight against Iraq, can still be heard on Friday during the financial crisis. "Viva la vida" played and sung with wine at night. It was the Gallagher brothers in the gloomy basement who, even on low-sustainability, created the "Don't Look back in anger" that the whole British sang unanimously in the face of any crisis.

I was fortunate enough to meet many people who did great things. When the doctor told him that your disease was incurable, he still insisted on running and loving everyone around him. Some go to Africa to do wildlife protection and push for a global ban on the ivory trade. There are also people who have received a few scholarships in the UK and have to save money to help their sister who lives in Beijing. Sometimes people don't need to do big things deliberately. Like Billy, he insists on dreams every day, and little by little he sees his dreams closer to himself. This is a big thing.

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Extended Reading
  • Kaleb 2022-04-24 07:01:05

    Unrestrained and restrained are just right, strikes, family crises are consistent and powerful. Mrs. Zheng is too invincible!

  • Adelle 2022-03-27 09:01:05

    Really awesome movies are still awesome no matter how many years you watch them! Laugh like a fool and cry like a dog!

Billy Elliot quotes

  • Billy: I think I'm scared, Dad.

    Dad: That's okay, son. We're all scared.

    Billy: Well... if I don't like it, can I still come back?

    Dad: Are you kidding? We've let out your room.

    [straight face then laughter]

  • Tutor 1: What does it feel like when you're dancing?

    Billy: Don't know. Sorta feels good. Sorta stiff and that, but once I get going... then I like, forget everything. And... sorta disappear. Sorta disappear. Like I feel a change in my whole body. And I've got this fire in my body. I'm just there. Flyin' like a bird. Like electricity. Yeah, like electricity.