PG-13 | 2h 3min | Biography, Drama, Romance | 26 November 2014 (USA)
The performance was simply amazing. This has to be an Oscar quality film. With so many violence, sex and explosion in movies each year, it’s refreshing to see a film that values good storytelling, strong character development, and a meaningful theme. The Theory of Everything may lack the typical mainstream top box office qualities, but it makes up for it with its incredibly beautiful and bittersweet uplifting story.
Adapted from Jane Hawking’s memoirs of her life with her husband Stephen Hawking, the film does a great job showing their accomplishments and struggles together following Hawking’s diagnosis at age 21 of a debilitating motor-neuron disease (ALS), which doctors predicted would kill him in two years, in which they were wrong. The Theory of Everything is neither entirely biographical nor strictly a love story, it’s something that gives a somewhat deeper portrait of its subjects than most films based on the lives of real people usually show.
I found myself impressed by The Theory of Everything for many reasons. In a period where movies are focused on being a box office hit, a film about life struggles and character development are worth to watch to see life in a new perspective. Especially when Hawking continues fighting for over 50 years after his diagnosis, to defy all odds. What a sad life? I feel bad for Hawking all along the movie. I feel it will be an important film not only as an entertainment sense, but also for bringing to the public consciousness the inner life of one of modern era’s greatest mind.
With that being said, The Theory of Everything is for those who appreciate the character-driven story line. For those used to quick cuts and continuous action, the powerfully character-driven story line and lengthy close-ups with stretches of little to no dialogue may make it seem overlong, but if you appreciate a well-crafted film that gets you to think and feel as only a good film can, then don’t hesitate to appreciate it for all it has to offer. The Theory of Everything is available on Amazon here and FandangoNow here.
PG | 1h 37min | Action, Adventure, Family | 30 May 2014 (USA)
What a magical and cheesy fairy tale. An amazing adaptation of a Walt Disney’s 1959 film Sleeping Beauty. Angelina Jolie delivered an amazing performance as Maleficent.
Maleficent begins with a story of a fairy in her magical kingdom meeting a boy and they became friends throughout their childhood. At the age of sixteen, the fairy received her first kiss. As they get older, Maleficent sees that men are planning to invade her kingdom. Maleficent defends her kingdom fiercely and prevented anyone from entering. Her love visited her one night with the intention to kill Maleficent. I was like what? Why do you plan to kill your first love? But instead, he chopped her wings and brought them to the king; so, he can be crowned king. As a result, Maleficent feels betrayed and begins her plan of vengeance.
There are many loopholes in the movie, but I understand is only a fairy tale. Fairy tale is supposed to be happy and magically making nonsense makes sense. I would like to apologize ahead of time before I decide to reveal the loopholes. One scene when Aurora is with her three godmothers. I don’t get how Aurora manages to hang out with Maleficent all day without have her three godmothers worry at all. Also, where did the prince come from? Entering the forest and meets Aurora. There are more questions about some of the characters and scenes, but I would reveal these two for now.
This film is visually appealing and different from the other Disney films. The love story is more complicated than the usual love at first sight and happily ever after. Instead it’s about love, betrayal, revenge and forgiveness. A complex inner journey the protagonist must face and recover from a trauma of being betrayed by her first love for power. And how at first, Maleficent wanted to take revenge by cursing Aurora, but afterwards, she decides to revoke the curse and ends up unsuccessful. Now, she is looking for ways to break her own curse that she placed on Aurora. Wow, what a profound message the movie is trying to portray.
Overall, Maleficent is an amazing Disney movie. I watched in on DVD and it is surprisingly good. The beginning of the film feels like is rushes, but the second half of the film is where the fun begins. Highly recommend it for Disney fans. Maleficent is available to watch on Amazon here and FandangoNow here.