Mr. Holland's Opus movie review

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Mr. Holland's Opus

Mr. Holland's Opus is a fictional movie about a teacher who uses music to teach untalented kids to appreciate it. The twist is that the teacher wants to be a composer and only takes a teaching position so that he can have the time and money to be able to compose, it is more like a fallback job. He then finds teaching to be more than a full-time job.

As the movie starts, Mr. Glenn Holland is beginning his first year at John F. Kennedy High School by teaching music to a class of 65. He hates his job, and at first he is terrible at it. Glenn then becomes sidetracked, teaching music to teenagers becomes his true life's work while his dream of writing one composition becomes faint.

His wife Iris then becomes pregnant and has a son who Mr. Holland names Col, after his idol John Coltrane, American jazz saxophonist and composer.

Mr. Holland loves music and wants his son to be just like him. Well, his son turns out deaf. When Mr. Holland and his wife find out their son is deaf, is seems as though Mr. Holland wanted nothing to do with him. That is until Glenn learns to sign John Lennon's song, "Beautiful Boy," and dedicate it to his son, emphasizing the line about how "Life is what happens while you're busy making other plans."

At the end of the movie he is rewarded by people he used to know and all the others whose lives he has touched. In the movie he had inspired many people, such as a wrestler and a singer with an amazing voice.

The strong points that I noticed in the movie were when Mr. Holland taught the students with music, when he realized that text books...