This is part 1 of a new series I have created where I write letters to former world leaders (alive or dead) to discuss things that bother me or are just interesting.
Part 1: Mikhail Gorbachev
Dear Mr. Gorbachev,
I write to you to discuss the ending to the movie "The Postman". Are we really supposed to believe that a man posing as a postman was able to save an entire society on the brink of extinction simply by pretending to deliver mail? To start with, he once belonged to a group of people hell bent on striking fear into the rest of the world. His intentions for the mail truck were not warm hearted. He was literally burning peoples memories to stay warm, then got the idea to con the shit out of other people for food.
Now, it's no mystery that Mr.Costner has a tendency to create down on their luck characters that use and abuse the people around him to help himself, but end up saving entire civilizations. (Examples: The Postman, Water World, The bodyguard, Bull Durham) but are we really supposed to look to him as a hero?
No sir, we are not. At least I am not. Websters dictionary defines a hero as a long bread sandwich with several layers of meat, cheese, and veggies. Neither Mr. Costner or his characters are even close to a hero.
But we really must discuss the elephant in the room about the ending of the Postman. The statue of the little boy giving him a letter was entirely too accurate. Let's not forget that society is almost down to nothing. Did someone snap a picture of this event? NO! The only people there to see it were the postman, the little boy, and probably the kid's mom who was 200ft away and looking at it from a different angle. How could she know the expression on either of their faces? How is the statue SO ACCURATELY MADE from memory 30 years later? This is just not something I can accept and I hope you also do not accept this. For Shame Mr. Costner.
P.S.- Do you think Tom Petty was fun to work with on set? I bet he was.