I was emailing back and forth with a friend, and she mentioned that she finally watched Legends of the Fall for the first time. Back in the mid-’90s, this movie helped solidify Brad Pitt’s heartthrob status, as he basically spent the movie looking like Fabio’s younger, blonder, Calvin Klein model-ier brother while alternately brooding or wooing as necessary.
However, what I did not know is that John Eldredge, in his revered Christian book Wild at Heart, used Pitt’s character Tristan to represent the “Wild at Heart” man.
Then there is Tristan, the middle son. He is wild at heart. It is Tristan who embodies the West–he catches and rides the wild stallion, fights the grizzly with a knife, and wins the beautiful woman. I have yet to meet a man who wants to be Alfred [Aidan Quinn, the practical beta brother] or Samuel [Henry Thomas, the wussy, other beta brother]. I’ve yet to meet a woman who wants to marry one.
Did Eldridge watch a different movie than the one that was actually made? As my friend described it (de-capped for readability),
The guy who tries to kiss his younger brother Henry Thomas’s fiancee Julia Ormond, and then scalps a bunch of Germans because they kill Henry Thomas in WWI, and then comes back and steals Julia from his other brother Aiden Quinn, and then runs away for five years bc he is too ~WRACKED WITH GUILT~ to be happy with Julia, and then comes back and messes with her head after she marries Aiden Quinn after all, and then smolders until she throws herself at him again but he says “No Go Back To Aiden,” and then kills some people because they killed his Indian wife, and then has to go live in the mountains the rest of his life.
That is apparently how John Eldredge would have men live.
It kind of reads like beta longing. Eldredge obviously can’t be Pitt, but darn it, he really would like to be, if he could just un-imagine all of the bad stuff………
My friend, arbiter of fairness, added,
To be fair though, Aiden is kind of whiny in it. I mean, hello, obviously she should have just married him first before Brad even came back from the war, but he kinda pulled a Bolin when she and Brad started gettin’ it on.
But when Aiden and Julia got married….they were really cute. Until she killed herself bc she couldn’t be with Brad. Yes this is real.Don’t even get me started on the women in this movie.
Did he see a Mormon edit of the movie or something???
My friend replied,
I DON’T KNOW
BUT IT IS THE WORST
Henry Thomas, despite being a beta virgin, comes off smelling the best of all three. Of course he dies first.
So men, be Wild At Heart. ‘Tis better to scalp a bunch of Germans, swipe your brother’s wife and play mind games with her, inspire her suicide from your rejection, and go retire in the mountains as a murderer than to die cuckolded or a beta virgin. First.
I mean, a man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do. Especially Christian ones.