Joe Versus the Volcano – 1990 – A Second Look.

Have you ever seen a movie six thousand times, but only gotten a whiff of the depth of that movie after the most recent viewing?  Case in point; I’ve seen Joe Versus the Volcano at least 30 times since 1990, but only recently realized that the movie indeed had a bit of depth.  It was always on in the background, and I’d sort of half ass watch it without really watching it.  The knowledge and understanding came slowly; a little bit here, a little bit there, until one day I said “fuck it” and sat down and watched the film again for the first time.  Don’t get me wrong, I’d enjoyed the movie time and again previously, but I’d only really seen the surface of it.  Oddly enough, I was somewhat blown away.  For all of its cheese, the movie was an effective, multi-layered glimpse into a man’s quest for self discovery.  Looking beyond the clunky 90’s camp, it’s quite a deeply rendered portrait of the journey that we all endure in order to accomplish whatever it is we want to accomplish with our lives.  It is a great little tale about overcoming obstacles, standing up for your beliefs, and never giving up.  And if you’ve ever hated your job, the quitting scene located below is priceless.




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