My Review of "Tucker: The Man and His Dream"
A biopic of an unknown innovator of the 40's that may mirror another well known person today.
When I first saw the title Tucker: The Man and His Dream I didn't think much of it. It's a movie that came out back in 1988 that I don't think a lot of people know of. Even more obscure is the man that it's about.
I was listening to a podcast a while back where there was an interview with Bill Burr. He mentioned that he really loved the movie and I guess that gave me the interest to watch the movie. Product placement works people!
This movie stars a ton of stars and it was even directed by Francis Ford Coppola. Things are starting to look good. I just wasn't sure about the Plot of the movie.
It's about the life story of Preston Tucker, played by Jeff Bridges (it's kind of crazy how young he looks in this movie). Preston is basically an inventor. He's done work for the military and other things as well but what he really wanted to do was create the car of the future. Hmmm.. Sounds a little bit like Elon Musk doesn't it? Mind you this movie was made in 1988 and you'll see in one of the scenes by the courthouse that he is talking beside a giant picture of Nicolas Tesla. I'm not even making this stuff up. Watch the movie and you'll see.
Anyways, Preston has some crazy good and bad luck while building his car prototype. It's obvious from the get-go that the big three car manufacturers (Ford, GM, Plymouth) are trying to stop him. This wouldn't be a movie if they actually stopped him would it. Preston kept on pushing despite the push back from everyone. The big three would also sabotage him in various ways throughout the movie. I would think that any one of us would have cracked from half the pressures Preston had to endure.
The big three wanted to stop Preston because his ideas were radically advanced. Oddly enough, lot of the features he wanted to include in his new car of the future would later be implemented into cars of today. The big three were only concerned with profits than innovation. Preston makes a point of this because of their lack of interest in safety and innovation.
In the end, it's a David versus Goliath fight. After watching this movie I kind of understand why none of us have really heard of Preston Tucker. The big three obviously have very big egos. If we all knew how Preston tried to change the industry we would also know how dirty and underhanded the car industry really is.
I also wonder what kind of pressures and underhanded things have happened to Elon Musk after watching this movie. I'm sure he got in the way of a lot of powerful people. There has to be a movie on Elon Musk eventually. It would be quite a story to tell.
The acting in this movie was pretty good. They all blended well to make me feel like I was in the late 1940's. One of the surprise actors that I saw was Christian Slater. He was a really young kid back then so he played Preston's son.
The set pieces were pretty impressive. They had a ton of props that showed that they researched Preston's life rigorously. They even had the Tucker cars and the factory production line. That's a lot of period pieces! I don't know if it was easier to do back in the 80's to do this but today they would have done it all in CGI.
Overall, I would say that this is a pretty good movie. I wouldn't say that I'd want to watch it again or recommend it to everyone but it was entertaining nonetheless. I'll have to give this movie a 7 out of 10. It's a very entertaining one time watch for me. I know some people that I could recommend this movie to but it's not going to be everyone.