Black Robe Movie Review

The movie Black Robe depicts the story of a French Jesuit who traveled to the “New World” to spread the word of God to the so called barbarians. With the help from a local tribe, they try to travel up river before winter arrives and makes the journey impossible to accomplish. His mission is to help the other Jesuits baptize and convert the natives who live up north. However, many unforeseen predicaments happen during their journey.

What really got my attention was how the movie shows how self-absorbed and self-centered humans are. Most of the problems that occur throughout the movie happen due to the fact that no one wants to admit that the other is right, or worse, that they are wrong. A perfect example of this in the movie is how each group of people perceive each other. The Europeans believe that their way of living is far superior to the natives and that they are far more intelligent. Ironically, the same occurs the other way around. The natives believe that they are far superior as they know how to survive in the nature and are able to live in harmony with it. Eventually, this type of discrimination leads them into believing that the other party is unpredictable and should not be trusted.

The true moral of the story lies with the death of the Native American warrior Chomina. As he reflects on his dreams about his death and his understanding of life, Chomina finally understands that the Europeans and the natives are all the same. They are both simply humans and that all of their differences are just a matter of perception and culture. That if they had put their differences aside and worked together in harmony and peace, most of the troubles could have been avoided and they would have fulfilled their journey.

A lot of the movie can be reflected in our daily lives. Most of the problems that appear in the news every day could simply be avoided if people just put their ego and pride aside and admit that the other might be right or at least that both might be wrong. We all try to differentiate ourselves from each other but in the end we are all the same. Only then we can achieve peace.

 

Jack Douglas

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