The Bottom Line
Ignore the external world today; reach inward to get all the strength you need.
Things that appeal to your intellect will be drawing you in today. You’ll find that the most challenging concepts will suddenly make a lot of common sense, and your brain will get a new sense of its capabilities. This means it’s the perfect day to readdress a project or book that has been a struggle to deal with. Complicated ideas aren’t so complicated right now — in fact, they’re pretty fun to wade through! If you’re being tested or challenged in any way today, expect things to go well.
Strangely enough, I dreamt of Rachelle again the other day. Because I was too lazy to write anything down, I don’t have a clear idea of everything that happened anymore. What I do remember was that I threw a drink at her and held her down in a pool with the help of my many, many arms (for some reason, I had somehow embodied Vishnu at that point). Angst much?
Since Reneeca is now a friend in Facebook, I get to see whenever she gets tagged in someone else’s album. The other thing about this online account is that if the person who tags your friend in their album is NOT your friend, you still get to open that particular album and browse through their photos. Lo and behold, Nix was tagged by her older sister in a photo belonging in an album named “Andrew and I” (does anyone want to guess what this particular album contains?). Obviously, psycho me couldn’t pass up a chance to ferret through Rachelle’s account (especially since it’s been taking all of my willpower to not add her as a friend). The one thing that I realized was this – Andrew Martin looks remarkably like everyone one else in his family. Anyway, enough of that. At this point, I’m just going to end this particular topic by saying that I still have the urge of adding her in my account. How psychotic, pathetic and screwed up is that?
I still say that I would be a wonderful addition to the FBI. My other dream jobs are as follows:
- To become a spy
- To become an assassin
On to other things…
Boyfriend, Vhekkie and I watched Up last weekend. Due to all the very, very nice comments that I heard about it, it seemed like such a good movie. I was expecting a kiddie movie with a moral lesson in the end. In fairness, I did get that. What I did not expect was the enormous amount of depression that I would feel twenty minutes into the feature film.
The movie starts off showing Mr. Frederickson as a kid. Then, after attending a film showing of the rise and fall of an adventurer whose name I cannot remember right now, he meets this other kid with ultra wild hair. Then he grows up, marries Ellie, works as a balloon-seller and then gets very, very old. Ellie dies right before they get to go on their adventure and neither of them does what they’ve always dreamed of – living in some strange place in South America on top of a waterfall. Somewhere in the middle of the movie, I suddenly realized that Ellie was the kid with the ultra wild hair. I really did not see that Ultra-Wild-Hair-Kid was a girl. Anyway, by the time Ellie withers away and dies, I’m so depressed that I’m on the verge of crying. And then the funny parts begins.
The other main character in this movie is Russel – this egg-shaped kid (no neck, no waist) with a patch of hair covered by a cap. He’s introduced as a Junior Wilderness something about to graduate into a Senior Wilderness something. The only thing he lacks is the badge earned by helping out an elderly person. He chooses to bug Mr. Frederickson to earn the badge. Unfortunately, Mr. Frederickson isn’t the most accommodating person in the world, especially since someone wants to buy his house and lot to complete an urban project. The old man refuses the kid twice or thrice, thinking that this would stop him.
He then decides to go on the big adventure he and Ellie had always planned by inflating millions of balloons that miraculously pull his house from the ground. The millions of balloons also succeeds in keeping his house afloat. Airborne, he hears a knock on his door. When he checks his porch, he finds Russell, petrified. This begins the strange friendship between the grumpy old man and the egg-shaped kid.
Fast forward to when they finally find themselves somewhere in South America. In this strange and forresty land, they encounter interesting characters – Kevin, the exotic bird which apparently understands human speech, and the Talking Dog whose name I cannot remember either. On a side note, Kevin is also insanely attracted to something – which the Grumpy Old Man uses some time in the film to save their lives – that I cannot recall as of the moment.
The rest of the movie is an adventure. From a child’s point of view, it’s a completely new world that has enormous birds and talking mammals. By the time that they were on the funner part of the movie, I could feel the depression ebbing away. The only problem with Up is that no matter how funny or how entertaining the latter part of the film was, it couldn’t completely erase the feeling of depression that the first part brings. In conversations that I’ve had with some other people (Elowee and Vhekkie), we have come to the conclusion that at such an early age, most children would not be able to fully understand the feeling of loss Mr. Frederickson had when Ellie died. Actually, most children would not understand that Ellie had passed away… that, or they’re still in that phase wherein their parents are telling them that she had gone to a more wonderful place and is very, very happy. But for people who are of a higher intellect (an assumption, I know), the movie is so very, very sad and is never able to fully compensate for that sadness.
I have no intentions of giving a scene-by-scene description of what happened – not only because this is not how I usually write my reviews, but mainly due to the fact that I cannot. I fell asleep somewhere in the middle of the movie. Unfortunately, Boyfriend fell asleep at around the same time so no one could update me on what happened.
What I can add are these… The Unnamed Adventurer later on appears as an antagonist and falls to his death near the end of the film. He is also responsible for the collars that allow the dogs to speak human. Unfortunately, the Alpha Dog’s collar is damaged and he ends up sounding like a chipmunk. Despite being a Doberman with uber pointy ears, it really does undermine his authority and lessens the level of his perceivable menace.
Would I recommend you to watch Up? Yes, I would. Overall, it still a very entertaining film and is something that most children would genuinely enjoy. There are also moments that are really funny – sometimes because the script is witty, sometimes it’s because the animation is very apt, and sometimes it’s because what happens is so surreal that you will have no other response but disbelief.
Like Mr. Frederickson turning into a semi-Rambo character. And finding out that Kevin is a girl.
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