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Thread: My Mentor...Paul Johnson

  1. #36
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    Default Re: My Mentor...Paul Johnson

    After reading the reviews of this film, I do not think I want to watch it. The distributor's subject classification says it all - mental health and addiction. I prefer to celebrate a person's achievements rather than exclusively focus on their flaws. Paul achieved so much, and the film (according to the reviews) only briefly allows the viewer to glimpse those achievements, using them merely as a juxtaposition that highlights his last days. For most of the film, the camera never leaves his side aboard Cherub in Carriacou, or ashore drinking and trying to buy more booze. He is portrayed as sad and lonely, paging through albums of old photos and crying. This may have been an unavoidable coda to the film, but I'd have loved a more balanced documentary that explored his life in full, showing his astonishing life as a sailor, using archival material and interviews with friends, etc, without omitting his flaws. That would have made a great documentary for sailors, dreamers, and anyone who loves extraordinary characters. The intended audience for this film are not sailors.

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    It is not a documentary about Johnson, as I understand it.
    She wanted to do a film about sacrifices people make to be "free".
    Her plan was to focus on the cruising community, but then found Johnson, who exemplefied her whole quest.
    But yea, the trailer is bleak, and Johnson was in rough effing shape those last few years.
    Several times I was called over to his boat to see if he was still alive, after not being seen on deck for days.
    Once there were three of us in a dingy hanging off the side of de bote calling his name. We did rock paper scisors to see who would finally go below to see if he was alive.

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    Default Re: My Mentor...Paul Johnson

    Several people who were "amazing" to me in my youth ended up like this.
    Folks I thought walked 2 feet above the ground, fell to earth over booze, poverty,coke or laziness
    The Sunny Caribee beats long timers up badly that way.
    bruce
    Last edited by wizbang 13; 08-30-2021 at 07:17 PM.

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    Default Re: My Mentor...Paul Johnson

    I guess it is a good documentary according to its themes, a salutary lesson for others, perhaps. I sometimes reflect upon the price I paid for my 'freedom' (is anybody really free), but there never seemed a choice, and I wonder if there is for others. I gave up booze in my late 30s, realising it was dragging me down the thorny path. I was saved by my passion to sail. At 70, it remains undiminished, I am happiest when I have a tiller in my hand, and clearing the breakwater is still the greatest thrill I know. I have regrets. I adore children, for instance, though I have never managed a long-term relationship or fathered any. My spirit was like some shy, wild animal. Luckily, I have a lot of friends, they are my treasure. But no complaints, except when I get creakily out of my bunk! I know I won't be able to sail forever, my health is already diminished, but I would if I could.

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