Picks and Pans Review: Glory & Honor
Our one-word reaction to this TV movie about the discovery of the North Pole: brrrrr. Glory & Honor was shot in subzero temperatures in the Canadian Arctic, and we guarantee that you will shiver in sympathy for both the cast and the characters. Delroy Lindo (Clockers) stars as Matthew Henson, the loyal and resourceful assistant who accompanied the celebrated explorer Robert Peary (Henry Czerny from The Ice Storm) on his successful quest for the pole in 1908-1909, as well as on several prior Arctic expeditions. According to the film, Henson repeatedly pulled Peary's chestnuts out of the fire but was long denied due credit because of his race (black) and his boss's ego (huge).
Lindo ably conveys the strength and sensitivity of the unsung hero, whose rapport with the native Inuits is seen as vital to the success of Peary's undertaking. Czerny manages to give the stiff-necked explorer a hint of humanity, despite his habit of likening himself to God. But Glory & Honor has flaws, including too many scenes of the frostbitten principals shouting rhetoric into the whistling wind and a perfunctory side trip to New York City to cover Henson's courtship of Lucy Ross (Kim Staunton). Love is grand, but he left his heart with the sled dogs way up north.