Sunday, April 19, 2015

Grab Bag: The Giver, Ant Man, and Star Wars VII



I apologize for posting late. 
Chorus: "We accept your apology."

You're probably thinking that was pretty weird. It was. But it's what you would've said if you were in the world of 'The Giver'. Man, that movie's creepy. Creepy, but good. 

As the title suggests, this is a multipurpose post. I have many things to cover so let's jump right in.

Let's talk about 'The Giver'. That movie is pretty amazing (despite my "creepy" remarks). The concept behind the story is pretty realistic. Everyone lives in a bland society of equality. Nobody is jealous or unkind. Everything seems to be surviving in harmony; which sounds good on paper (or rather a blog?), but in reality is pretty suckish. 

One individual, The Receiver of Memory, holds all the memories of the community. Nobody can recall events that happened in the past. No war, no disease, no pain. Along with that, the good things can't be remembered either: love, pleasure, kindness, warmth. Yeah, sucky.

It's the most horrible utopia, which is kind of redundant if you think about it. Anyway, it's a good movie that ends well while promoting pro-life ideals and individuality. Despite these great traits, there are some points that are a little lackluster.

First off, I think it's worth mentioning that 'The Giver' was perhaps one of the first novels in the "dystopian" genre of literature that we are familiar with today. We've all read it in grade school. It's a good book. Unfortunately, the mentality of novels in today's society is that of, "Let's make a movie about it!"

"Wow! That movie was just as good as the book, if not better!", Said no movie go-er ever. 
Sadly, 'The Giver' fits into this. It just felt really rushed; as if the production company wanted to jump onto the dystopian bandwagon. I felt the movie was more deserving of a more in-depth film.

Next, the pacing of the movie is pretty wacked up. Normally things like that don't bug me, but movies are supposed to be like cars on an un-clogged highway: moving at a constant speed without changing directions or velocity. 

'The Giver', on the other hand, is more like a stick-shift during rush hour. It didn't ruin the film for me, it's just that some parts were really fleshed out and elaborated on; while some were clearly moved to the back-burner during the writing of the movie. This makes for a very inconsistent pacing. It's not a deal-breaker, more like a deal-bruiser. 

Anyway, enough with the giver. Let's talk Marvel. Who's seen the new 'Ant Man' trailer? If you haven't, you should change that. It's pretty fantastic. Watch it now:



I won't lie to you, I thought (judging from the first trailer) that 'Ant Man' would be pretty stupid. The first teaser made it look very childish and unrealistic. Well, unrealistic within reason. 

My opinion changed when I saw the above trailer. It's looks pretty epic. I'm excited, to say the least. 

Enough Marvel, let's talk Disney. And no, I don't mean Frozen 2. I mean the new Star Wars trailer. I almost peed my pants watching it. It's nothing short of fantastic. I can't think of any better way to end a blog post than with the new trailer: 



Hope you guys enjoyed the post! Peace out.
Best,
-Ryan   

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