Patriotism, by definition, is the quality of being patriotic, devotion to and vigorous support for one’s country. In my opinion, there’s no better way to see true patriotism than to watch the film “The Majestic”. In 2001, Frank Darabont directed and produced a film that truly honors the heroes of world War II. This simple film stars Jim Carrey, who plays Peter Appleton; a Hollywood script writer who is blacklisted after attending a left-wing political meeting in college, he then gets amnesia from a car accident and is mistaken for a true World War II hero.
In the beginning, we meet Peter Appleton. He is a Hollywood script writer that wrote the movie Sand Pirates of the Sahara.
The film takes place in the 1950’s. Peter has everything going for him until he is accused of being a communist. He is not, but that doesn’t matter much because he was named as attending a left-wing political meeting. He is now blacklisted and unfortunately, dumped like a hot potato by his girlfriend.
Life was no longer good for Peter Appleton. Peter decides to go to the bar Coco Bongo and he gets plastered. Driving drunk he gets into an accident causing him to plunge off of a bridge into rough waters and he slams his head against a pole. He wakes up on a beach with amnesia. Harry, an elderly man sitting in a cafe, recognizes the confused boy, but not as Peter Appleton. Instead, he thinks he is his thought to be dead son of 9 and a half years, Luke Trimble.
When Adele, Luke’s onetime fiancé, comes home she tries to help Luke remember who he is. Luke’s return inspires the town to make a new start.
Luke helps his dad reopen The Majestic Theater. The second act involves Jim Carrey’s gradual absorption into Luke’s identity. The town throws a big dance for Luke’s coming home. Some start to have their doubts about who Luke really is. Typically you would expect a movie like this to have some type of falling out where Adele feels betrayed and there is a big misunderstanding, but not in this movie. In one of the movies most crucial turning points, Luke tells Adele that he is not really Luke before he actually has too. This leaves us on good grounds for Act three when Peter returns to Los Angeles and has to testify in front of the House committee. Peter honors the fallen soldiers and stands up for traditional American rights..
Quoting the first amendment, Peter makes a strong argument. How believable is it that this could actually happen? 100 percent if you ask me. Amnesia is a general term that describes memory loss. The loss can be temporary or permanent, but ‘amnesia’ usually refers to the temporary variety. Causes include head and brain injuries, certain drugs, alcohol, traumatic events, or conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease. Peter had trauma to his head causing his memory lost. The town was longing for answers and Luke’s return was just what they needed for a fresh start.