The Top 100 Inspirational Movies: 40 - 21
29 - Billy Elliot
Sometimes dreams are foolish. Such is the case with Billy
Elliot, the son of an English coal miner who wants him to take up boxing. When
Billy accidentally stumbles into a ballet class, he’s hooked and dreams of
becoming a dancer. His father and brother, unsurprisingly, want him to have
nothing to do with it, afraid that he’ll become a “poof.” But Billy, despite
the incredible pressure against him from his family, continues to dance
The world will often tell you not to pursue your dreams. “Be safe. Be complacent. Don’t make waves,” it says. “Get good grades. Go to college. Get a steady job.” But that way lies the death of one’s soul. Billy understands this in the film and, despite the world being against him, he goes after his impossible dream. It is an act of bravery and it is something all of us should do more often.
~ Evan Derrick
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