6 Awesome Movie Sidekicks
Thelma and Louise, Butch and Sundance, Buzz and Woody– they’re just a few of the iconic movie friendships that have delighted moviegoers over the years. Hollywood and buddy movies go together like Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, but in most fictional friendships, there is a hero and a sidekick, or a leading lady and her quirky best friend. I’ve noticed that those who are the designated BFF in the relationship are often more lovable than their heroic counterparts.
As a result, when I watch a great film friendship play out on screen, I can’t help but be a bit envious. My friends are great, but would they help me fight the forces of evil while still making me laugh? It’s hard to say, but for most of the awesome best friends on this list that sort of behavior comes naturally.
Do you want to find out who your real friends are? Ask them to accompany you on a quest to Mordor to dispose of a dangerous ring that has the ability to drive the wearer mad.
The lovable Samwise Gamgee did just that. He went along with Frodo and even acted as Frodo’s conscious for much of their journey. He also kept an eye out for danger, warning Frodo of Smeagol’s duplicitous ways even when it ticked his buddy off. But what really earned Sam a spot in the best friend hall of fame was when he told Frodo that although he couldn’t carry the ring for him, he could carry his friend, and then he actually did. It’s no wonder that all other sidekicks pale in comparison to Sam.
The Boy Who Lived wouldn’t have made it very far without his two best friends by his side. Ron and Hermione stood by Harry through good times and bad, helped him defeat the Dark Lord and even sat through his Quidditch matches. The most important thing they gave Harry though was a sense of family. He may have been an orphan when he came to Hogwarts, but Ron and Hermione made sure Harry was never alone again after he arrived.
Jane is one lucky lady. Not only is she dating a god who looks like Chris Hemsworth, she also has the most awesome best friend anyone could ask for in Darcy Lewis. Who wouldn’t want a best friend who always has a quip and a taser at the ready?
Smart, funny and supportive, Darcy isn’t just a great friend to Jane, she is a fantastic character in her own right. That’s why there was much rejoicing on my part when the news broke that Kat Dennings would definitely be part of Thor 2: The Dark World. The movie wouldn’t have been the same without Dennings’s winning performance, and Jane certainly would have been lost if Darcy wasn’t there to have her back.
Every incarnation of Sherlock Holmes’s long-suffering and steadfast companion, John Watson has been worthy of accolades, but Jude Law’s take on the iconic character holds a special place in my heart. His wry sense of humor and constant mix of annoyance and bemusement at his friend’s exploits are endearing, but it’s his patience that is his greatest quality.
Among other things, the good doctor puts up with his friend killing his dog on a near daily basis and constantly making him late for everything (including his own wedding) with no more than a grumble. The truth Watson wishes Holmes didn’t know is that he’s up for any adventure as long as Holmes is by his side.
Lionel Logue and King George VI were real life best friends and their historical friendship made for a riveting movie. They may have started out as employer and employee, with Lionel being hired to help King George with his stutter, but their relationship eventually evolved into an epic friendship.
The give and take between the two reserved English gentleman was sweet, but as King George’s teacher, Lionel pushed King George to succeed no matter how much he wanted to quit. His dedication was unwavering and inspiring, so much so that it’s impossible for me to watch him listen to the King’s big speech without shedding a few tears.
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