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The Jack Bull (1999)
Is Myrl Redding Michael Kohlhaas? Heinrich Von Kleist's Kohlhaas has many similarities as Myrl Redding. Kohlhaas does whatever it takes to gain what he wants. Myrl Redding also strives to get what he wants no matter what the cost. In the case of the wife's death, the death of Kohlhaas's wife has nothing to do with the person he is trying to catch, but the death of Myrl's wife is tied in with Ballard. This gives Myrl more of a persuasion to pillage villages. Both only seek justice. Many chances are brought up to reimburse them for the horses and both say no. It is more than getting back the horses, it is about recieving justice and standing up for what is being fought for.
Who is the hero of the movie? My opinion is that Judge Tolliver is the real hero of the movie. He is the only one that will give Myrl justice and is not corrupt like Judge Wilkins. Tolliver gives the watcher what he wants to see at the end of the movie, Ballard taking care of the horses. Through out the movie, it is a fight to get Ballard to do what Myrl wants him to do. Myrl repeats to everyone that doubts him that "Ballard will do what I say", and at the end it finally happens.
This movie was action packed and had great meaning to it. Reading Heinrich Von Kleist's Michael Kohlhaas before watching the movie helped not to just watch the movie but instead interpret what the scenes are really trying to show the viewer.All in all, it was a great movie.