Smoke Signals Movie Review

“You know the only thing more pathetic than Indians on T.V.? Indians watching Indians on T.V.!” -Thomas Builds-The-Fire

“Smoke Signals” uses a unique way to lessen and inform people about the typical stereotypes about First Nations. In typical Hollywood movies, they portray First Nations as savages and hunters that are chased by cowboys. “Smoke Signals” gives us a realistic view of First Nations and talks about the hardships on reservations, poverty, and forgiveness. The movie uses comedy to explain sensitive topics, which is hidden in each scene. “Smoke Signals” also gives you a better idea of how life is like for First Nations on reservations instead of what stereotypes tell you.

Chris Eyre, the director of the movie, has done a brilliant job of capturing the emotions and environment of the characters and the situations they are in. At first, the movie is quite boring, but as you keep watching it gets more and more interesting and intense. Arnold Joseph caught a baby in his arms as it was thrown out of a burning house.Thomas and Victor grew up together as close friends and sometimes enemies. Arnold Joseph, Victor’s dad, left his family and never came back, which caused Victor a lot of distress and grief. Victor’s mother gets a phone call one day that says her husband is dead. Victor and Thomas goes to retrieve his ashes from Pheonix, Arizona. During their long journey, Victor learns how to forgive, with the help of Thomas.

The movie had an exciting beginning and ending. It was not only funny, but it also made you think again about First Nations and their lifestyle. “Smoke Signals” will teach you that First Nations do not always follow the stereotypes that they are given. Many people will be able to relate and learn something from this movie because of the many subjects it touches on. All the characters were well developed and had their own personality. “Smoke Signals” is a very heartfelt, yet funny movie that deserves to be watched more than once.


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