The Alamo is like an ode our state
Texas pride takes on a whole new meaning in John Lee
Hancocks The Alamo.
Though most of us are at least vaguely familiar with
the battle that took place in the spring of 1836, for
Texans, the Alamo was more than just a lost battle
it was a victorious defeat.
Id like each of you men to think of what
it is you value so highly that you are willing to fight
and possibly die for it. We will call that Texas.
William B. Travis, commander of the Alamo, spoke these
words to the men who would soon give their lives for
It is the spirit of these men, their unbending will
to break free from Santa Annas tyrannical rule
and to make Texas a place where dreams come true, that
made the Alamo memorable.
Jim Bowie, Davy Crockett, Sam Houston and William B.
Travis come to life in The Alamo, written
and directed by John Lee Hancock.
While most films depicting the battle of the Alamo tend
to draw its defenders broadly, focusing solely on their
heroic qualities, Hancock delves deep into the men who
gave their lives for Texas.
One common problem with historical films is presenting
the event so that it engages the audiences interest
despite the fact that the outcome is predestined.
Films like Titanic and Pearl Harbor overcome this obstacle
by weaving fictional love story subplots into factual
events. To me, this seems like a cheap, easy way out.
and raised in Texas, Hancock wanted to create a film
that was historically accurate, so he took a different
approach in The Alamo by illustrating real
people during real events.
This character-driven plot line allows the audience
to relate with, or at least understand, the motives
behind those who died in pursuit of a dream.
The focus on characters also makes the film more entertaining
than a boring history lecture.
Hancock really tries to capture the authenticity of
the event. From a complete replica of the mission to
authentic weapons of the day, the film is almost like
Dont expect to see graphic details like arms flying
off and lots of blood and gore, because you will definitely
The Alamo is more of an Ode to Texas
than a spectacular Hollywood blockbuster.
Nevertheless, the film is brilliantly made and is a
must-see for those of us proud to be Texans.
And if you have ever wondered what the big deal is with
Texans and their steadfast belief that their state is
the greatest, go see The Alamo. Youll
soon understand what its all about.