Strategy is oft described as the bridge between ends and means. Strategies fail when there is no appreciation of what is possible, where the ends are unachievable or the means unrealistic. More, if strategies are based on falsehoods, then they are even less likely to succeed in the long run. You cannot fool everyone all the time, and you risk losing trust the more fundamental errors you make. It is thus always a losing strategy to think you can escape death. One of the great yarns spun about strategic failure is Rudyard Kipling’s The Man Who Would Be King, brilliantly filmed by the incomparable John Huston, in one of his cutting explorations of both the good and bad of masculinity in a world desperate to extinguish the bonds of nature.
Our resident Film Reviewer and Member of the Film Critics’ Circle of Australia (FCCA) Symeon Thompson gives insight on the latest releases.