Smoke signals, amovie worth watching! This movie is very iconic and important to many people aswell as very entertaining to many others. Smoke signals is a comedy/drama moviethat consists of much story telling. These stories are mostly counted by thetwo main characters, Victor and Thomas. They tell these stories mainly for onereason, being to understand their families and their characters. During thefilm these characters stop many people to tell them their stories. However,these two characters have a very different point of view in one of the majortopics of the stories.
That is their opinion about Arnold (Victor’s dad),Thomas sees Arnold as a “legend” or someone extraordinary, unlike Victor whosees him as a disgrace recalling his violence and addiction to alcohol. The plot of thestory goes something like this: Victor and Thomas are united through Victor’sdad, Arnold. Arnold protected Thomas as a baby from a house fire that burnedhis family.
Along these lines, Thomas thinks of him as a legend. He is verythankful for his actions and sees him as a hero. Then again, Victor, whoperseveres the felling of remorse and hatred sees his father as an abusivealcoholic who abandoned his family. Victor sees him as the complete opposite,he sees him as a coward for abandoning his family.
Thomas and Victor grow uptogether as neighbors and associates, battling with each other and at the sametime shaping a nearby, but uneasy, friendship that held strong. After Victor’sfather dies they both go on an adventure to recover his ashes. This long tripis the method for Victor and Thomas to investigate their characters. They arenot completely wiped out of their identities as they both know who they arehowever their viewpoints on life and way of thinking is very different. They gothrough much story telling from their part and others part in order torecognize who they “truly are”. They both havedifferent traits and personalities just like you would imagine. This is whatmakes their character and helps them developing the stories and making sense ofthem.
Thomas is a kind person who can be described as a little nerdy. He usesstory telling as a way to connect more with people however his stories and verydifferent from the truth and the actual reality of the events. He oftenexaggerates the truth and make his stories seem much like myths. Thomas hasexperience from troublesome facts about his life and friends and family.
In themeantime, Thomas’ adaptation of his life gives everyone around him an illustrationof a very happy and “chill” guy. All of this reflects in his way ofstorytelling, and let others know their personalities from counting the tales. Unlike Thomas,Victor is very pessimistic and just sees the bad in things. He is very annoyedby Thomas behavior towards him and his happiness makes him angry. He does notsees his father as what Thomas sees as he just sees the bad side of him.
Hedoes not recall his father as being heroic in no way possible. In actuality hesees him as the opposite he remembers him as a coward who abandoned his familydue to his alcoholism and bad way of living. However his negative way ofthinking is modified a little after getting the ashes from Suzy.
He instead ofhead off and leave, decides to listen to Suzy’s story which create a differentidea of his dad on him. These stories consist of much of Arnolds life as anadult and show the type of person he was. This is what made Victor change hispoint of view towards his father. All in all in thefilm smoke signals, individuals are continually recounting stories. All of thisstorytelling helps making the plot of the story different from other movies aswell as very entertaining to watch as it shows the character’s true emotionsand felling through these stories.
Besides both of the main characters beingvery different from each other in their way of thinking they get along verywell and both rely greatly on storytelling to feel better and maybe “cope” withproblems of insecurity and loneliness.