I could not help wonder if the movie’s story was exemplar of a much broader social issue. Many of us are bullied as children, and some children are simply stronger, more capable than others.
Why are those children different? And, who are society’s bullies that we must continue to stand down every day? They are the abusers, the usurpers, the harassers and the lawless who know no bounds.
“Bully” seems also to pursue the question, “What is the answer,” not just with children, but in response to all bullies. As one father indicated in the film, sometimes working through your adversaries is a rite of passage, a sign of maturity. Beyond that it is a matter of facing up to your foes. It has to be, at some risk, of either finding the courage to bear up, or going another away, or finding an ally or solace elsewhere, but finally saying, “No more…I will take no more of this.”
Whatever or whoever a person is, whatever his wants or needs, s/he can be better with the help of parents and teachers … and he will be proud of his improvements. He is smarter, he is stronger, he is quicker of mind and foot.
His pride makes him less a victim, under any circumstances. And, without a victim, there is no bully.
Jim Wigge is a retired engineer, Cazenovia resident and film-aficionado, who reviews movies for the Cazenovia Republican. He can be reached through the editor, at firstname.lastname@example.org.