Aladdin - 1992
Once upon a time, a prince (ss) fell in love with a commoner. That is the story of Aladdin. As with any young ignorant, unskilled and inexperienced quester, there was still an obstacle(s) - Jafar and the other is him being a commoner. Fantastic storyline I can’t argue about. I rate this movie a 4 out of 5.
The color work was quite amusing. I have a tendency to dismiss artworks involving toys or some sorts or flaking lights and things seeming to entertain kids but I also have maybe a little too extreme curiosity about how the movies are made (filmed + edited) when I am watching. Because I have seen a different version of the movie before I actually understood it better this time. The use of sound, speed of scenes and choice of colors also added to controlling the emotions the viewer might feel. For example, a love song being sung, with two potential couples on a magical mat. Viewer has no way out but to experience the characters as the director wants.
One thing I can’t end this write up without mentioning is, the evil Jafar is extremely Arab looking (exaggerated) and the beautiful princess is more white-ish looking. Madeline made a point about this in the reviews and I thought it was very accurate. Why is that? An American movie for an American audience is the obvious answer I can think of.
But maybe we can cancel that with the fact that Rotten Tomatoes rated the movies as PG. Parents can explain, if they so desire, the difference in looks, culture and characters to their kids. And the movie in general has a 57% rating.
Cairo Station is a 1958 Egyption drama film directed by Youssef Chahine. The film stars the director himself as Qinawi and also Hind Rostom as Hannuma and Farid Shawqi as Abu Seri who was the future husband of Hannuma. The movie didn’t particular over-deliver so I will give it 3 stars out of 5.
The movie I assumed tells a tale of a mentally ill man (Qinawi) whose desires weren't in the best interest of the community he lived in and got even exacerbated by a lady (Hannuma) who wanted to use him to satisfy her ego. In the end, Abu Seri almost got framed for a murder that he didn’t comment on.
Brilliant decision by Youssef Chahine to do this movie in black and white. The choice of color and lighting brought out almost all the tense moments the director had desired I thought. When the color black is used, mostly there is something very luxurious that it’s communicating or something very serious - very intense and horrifying in this regard.
Qinawi did a fantastic job acting his role. I hated his face because the camera would make it look straight into my soul so a few times I had to turn away from the screen till his face was gone. But that showed the extent of the trouble he was going through mentally. The language was very relatable for me too, maybe the “africaness” part of it. Sayings like “I wasn’t born yesterday” are very rare in America here. Unless you still have “Loyal” by Chris Brown in your playlist. “I wasn’t born last night” ~ Lil Wayne
Some more sayings I found interesting included “I hope you drop dead and get buried in it” The small girl said that to Qinawai after Qinawi refused to swap trunks. Or “go to hell”. It’s common to hear somebody from my city say “if you don’t like it, go and die”. That sounds very horrible in America here.
I was about to say Qinawi was uping his game when he asked Hannuma to come to his place and get the bucket, but Hannuma knew it right now, it was hilarious, except Qinawi actually had a different plan - to murder her.
In rotten tomatoes, I see many reviewers either frantically using the film to critique modern society or praising it as a cinematic masterpiece, but not much talk about what exactly the movie wanted to communicate. It’s assumed everybody gets it I guess. I like the combination of buzzwords some are using though. Enjoy this one from Trevoh Johnstone “It's a strikingly controlled, confident, bitingly effective display, which leaves you wondering where this film has been all our lives.”.
Captain Abu Raed
Captain Abu Raed (2007) is a very thought-provoking film that tells the story of a well read but humble old man who works as a Janitor, mistaken as a pilot and becomes a hero for the younger generation. The film is set in Jordan and captures themes including the consequence of cultural legacies, the power of a community and storytelling.
The plot isn’t confusing at all, it’s very simple but still very engaging, maybe a bit on the slower side but that didn’t have any real negatives to the movie. I think the writer and director Amin Matalqa intended for viewers to finish watching the movie with a hint of hope and a pint of ponder and wonder about not only other cultures, but our very own also.
We can try to deny it as much as we want because we want to picture ourselves smart and self dependent. But no, just a bit of digging into our family history will show that we are “standing on shoulders of giants” as Newton puts it. Abu Raed (Nadim Sawalha) seems to have been heavily disadvantaged in that regard and this movie did a remarkable job telling the story.
The power of storytelling is badly underestimated but that’s because we have been told the wrong stories. Murad for example could not imagine a life bigger than that horror his dad causes the family every so often. So it’s not surprising that he didn’t accept Abu Raed’s story on the spot like the other kids but needed proof. Lucille Ramillard mentioned in his review about how much Murad has a fear and mountain of respect for the power structure of society, why? Because he has experienced countless times in his own house how inescapable it is.
One of the best movies I have seen overall, not just in this class. Just as a few others in this class, the IMDb featured reviewer mentioned crying from watching the movie. Now I feel insensitive to have had a similar level of respect for the movie but no tear came close to my eye. I will give this movie a 4.5 out of 5 stars. The .5 is for the missing tears.
A Manly Stand
I don’t know much about movies but it was close to obvious that this movie was recently made or had better tech compared to other movies we have been watching in this class. The lighting was good, the well sorted characters and family styles, rich life and all the bells and whistles.
A Manly Stand is a 2017 Egyption movie directed by Mohamed Sadek. Simple synopsis is - it’s a movie about 5 men living life, the best way they know how to.
Let me open up by hitting on one of the most likely hottest topics about the movie. I know this is supposedly creepy in some cultures but I will confess that as a young man in his early 20s myself, me and my friends frequently look at girls and put our scales to work and all of that business. Of course, some do it really badly, but also a simple google search will show you that women rate men even more harshly. I think men just fantasize, but women really have the power to be mean. So think about that. Can you tell I am trying to defend men? Oh hello?
If you have grown up around a very vibrant social life (not drinking and clubbing all the time), there wasn’t any single scene involving the 5 men that you won’t be able to relate to. I laughed so loud into the light of midnight.
I don’t care how vastly experienced your critical ability is with works of art, if you don’t give this movie at least a 4 star out of 5, we can genuinely blame it on cultural differences. I rate this movie a 5 star and more. I was struggling to find reviews for this movie but saw Leah Devincino from the discussions quote a piece from Film Gate reviews.
“Egyptian viewers really liked this movie so I’m going to assume that most of the jokes got lost in the translation or other cultural differences I didn’t pick up on. However, the jokes that didn’t get lost in translation are pure misogyny. One of the men asks the bartender to “give me a drink that will make her not see straight.” Ah, jokes about date rape drugs, super cool…… The men aren’t endearing or funny or interesting and nothing that they do is endearing or funny or interesting. Made in the vein of something like Last Vegas, The Bucket List or Wild Hogs, this feels like a two-hour scene of one episode of a sitcom where out-of-touch old men go on vacation.”
Before I make a bad point that oh this person hates the movie or the people who make it, I truly believe it’s better to blame a system instead of parts. This person seem to come from culture that will probably be similar to America’s. That cultures says something like - if your way of courting women isn’t mention in our ultimate guide book, it’s most certainly one of the highest form of evel. Please I am just dramatizing this. But you get the point
Remember when Hussein told his son to make a video contrast? That was an inch perfect depiction plus a hint of comedic acting. I have experienced countless similar situations, first hand.
One thing the actors unveil towards the end is that everybody has problems, so don’t be too sad thinking sad life is only happening to you.
“I will bring up your mother” Shoddy said, I thought it would be very offensive in an Arab society? An Arab friend of mine got all mad after I jokingly asked whether he would let me marry his sister, not even knowing whether he has a sister or not. More evidence for this short study, at the end of Ramadan 2022, the ICNM Mosque played a soccer game against the AIC mosque, and those AIC guys will contest and fight every bit of the game. One of their elders explain “There are brothers, that’s why they fight for each other”, or they are family or something a long those lines. But it’s just a soccer game. I couldn’t stand them. So saying I will bring up your mother jokingly, that was interesting to see in such a playful manner. My advice, don’t mess around with an Arab talking about their family.
Exquisitely crafted masterpiece, and intricate storyline. A Manly Stand indeed!
“The Square” is a 2013 documentary directed by Jehane Noujaim that shows the toil and truggle of a group of activists in Egypt during the Egyptian revolution in 2011. The name “The Square” is taken from a place in Egypt called Tahrir Square. Tahrir Square was the hotspot of the revolution and the center for all the political and social uproars.
In the movie, millions of people protested for days and weeks and months and on and on and others got shot and some got run over by tanks. Sometimes horrifying to watch, but surely needs commentary. Multiple changes of regimes only mitigated the problem as much as people would leave the streets and go home.
Since it’s a documentary maybe there shouldn’t be star and non-star characters but there seem to be in this movie. Ahmed who was shown in the very beginning of the movie appeared in almost 90% of the scenes and also the European born Egyption actor seems to have been paramount in the documentary, organizing people, giving reports to international news stations and more. I thought those two characters were supposed to give the documentary a bit more structure, and maybe be different from the type of documentaries where a few experts give commentary over different scenes of the documentary. That little difference was good I thought
The most beautiful thing about the revolution was that all their differences will get reconciled during the time of revolt. Ahmed and some of the other characters made a similar statement. It’s common, two enemies can become best friends if they have a bigger and stronger common enemy.
They showed different artistic forms, music - not just tools but clapping and singing/chanting and a lot of painting. I thought a lot about how art comes about and how it can get transformed in the midst of conflict. Emotions that people can’t express in words I guessed were getting exhibited in some form of art.
It seemed quite realistic the way Ahmed was struggling to get people to join them back at the square two months after the first semi-successful revolt. Because depending on the desires of the director, the documentary can just be like everything was so terrible and people were tired that it will be the easiest job to get them out and showing their discontent towards the government. You (Ms. Sweetser) added more context to it in the discussion - making it clear that the first week wasn’t as successful till the Muslim Brotherhood came in the following Friday. The documentary completely hid away the part and turned against the Muslim Brotherhood as the new enemy.
“Some went to Tahrir to look like heroes, some to steal and other things “ that’s not exactly what Khalid Abdalla said but very close. I thought that was so true of any social movement and in hindsight I have done some things for my own benefits while pretending to be there for the organization or society. Very good point.
From my review of the movie 5 Broken Cameras you might have gotten a glimpse of something like, non-violent peaceful protest doesn’t work. The square shifted my thinking a bit on that. The very first reviewer I saw on IMDb made mention of the fact that change doesn’t happen easily as quickly as we might like. I think that is different from situation to situation. For example, America could have made the biggest protest the world would have ever seen, if they didn’t make a military strategy to conquer the world, Germany and Japan and the others surely wouldn’t have given up, at least it didn’t look like they wanted to. This review even gave the movie an 8 out of 10. I thought he could have done better. He didn't have any negatives about the movie, I will give it a 3 Star out of 5. Mainly because it was from the lens of almost one person only, I bet multitudes of others would have been crying for attention to show their resentment towards the enemy too.
Some of the weapons the military used supposedly had american trademark on it and somebody said “American”. All of a sudden I was like oh my, the Americans were part of it also,
Written by Georges Khabbaz and directed by Amin Dora - The 2013 Lebanese movie Ghadi tells the story of a young man and his family striving for love and acceptance in a small Lebanese village called Leba.
The movie is set in a small village and the set involved all kinds of characters usually not seen in most movies. It’s trying to play a reality game against other mainstream movies I thought. It did a heck of a good job, no doubt about that. But that was one of the major things I noticed from watching the movie. There is a thief, every community seems to always have a thief whether we know it now or not, there are gods and mayors and intellects and there are also low level citizens and prostitutes and the many types of characters you can think of. It’s a bit of a rugs to riches type of story or maybe just embodies a lot of don’t judge the book by the cover. Whichever way we want to see it. A kid with a disability shrugs it off, becomes an adult and gives birth to a kid with a disability too, a horrifying one, it seems. And the rest of the movie builds around this part.
I felt the movie communicated several themes within themes but one of the standouts was that every human is human even if they don’t behave like you and don’t look like you. Another one was a double edge sword of belief system. Yes, believe if you want, but be logical as much also. Partly why I liked this movie a lot is because of the questions it raised? But if I try to answer them, the whole of “reality” seems to behave like that so I just give up. For example, as a Muslim, I learn that if I ask Allah for something and I don’t get it, one of the reasons is because he has something better for me. But how will I know? Can I tell if that good thing in the feature was going to happen either way? Character like the guy wanted to buy a tractor couldn’t get his wish fulfilled.
By no means am I a film expert but I thought this movie has a fantastic structure to it with all the bells and whistles around it. The heightened part of it for me was the first gathering of the community and to give thanks to their angel. The belief, the pressure, the naivety of the supposed angel. I thought that it was a classic on its own.
And when you tear it apart, most of us fear public speaking to death, not to mention talking to a community that already has things against you and even lying to them in your talk.
I thought that characters were just a near-perfect representation of most societies if we will be true to ourselves. A featured review on IMDb supports my point and even mentioned that the writer brought out the extreme of each character, I won’t fully agree as some characters just showed up and dressed and moved like the prostitute. With his praises though he gave it a 8/10 . That puts pressure on me to do better. I will give this movie a 4.9, just because I probably missed some stuff watching the first time. It’s a well done movie to me.
5 Broken Cameras
5 Broken Cameras is a 2011 documentary directed by Emad Burnat (Palestinian) and Guy Davidi (Israeli). The movie is mostly the views of an individual to convey the terror experienced by Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and the power of nonviolent resistance. Burnat is the main man whose 5 cameras were broken in the making, with many others injured and dead.
The focal point of the movie was on the main character - Emad Burnat - though he is not seen protesting at all himself, he is always filming what’s going on. 5 Broken Cameras is one of the many commentaries on the unending terror that the people of the occupied West Bank live in. It’s filled with bullets and bombs and guns and tear gas. All of that deadly ammunition and technology coming from the Israeli and no technology at, I mean zero from the Palestinians - in the name of nonviolent resistance. It's very disheartening to see.
The first thing I applaud Emad on is the lack of fear when facing the military men with his camera, unwavering confidence in the face of possible death. He also didn’t try to do it like a vlog, he barely filmed himself unless it was the family doing something of one of the children filming, that shows it was about the people not about his personal ego. Lots of bad shots, blurry, but in this context it’s not bad, I thought it added more meaning to what really was happening, no stable ground for these poor Palestinians to peacefully protest.
A strategy I noticed but didn’t know whether to applaud it or not was the use of children to protest instead of adults. Same strategy used by civil rights activists in America here, used today by American politicians. They put kids in front, and if you mess with the kids, you're a jerk, only if people see it of course. The other side? What if people don’t see, all those kids can get wiped out.
One of the reviews upheld by IMDb as rare that rated the movie 10 out of 10 wrote heavily on how Israel is causing injustice in many forms but nothing is happening to stop them. I thought well, if you look at it, Palestinians came with their bare hands and stones, but I am guessing even if they had guns still the Israelis will beat the heck out of them because Israel seems to have technological superiority. I really have never seen any people in history get free from somebody just because they peacefully communicated that they don’t like something. If there is nothing to fear from the side of the Palestinians, what is preventing any country hungry for land, power and or resources from taking Palestine?
Yes, wonderful job done by this documentary but it doesn’t look like this is something that can fix the issue at scale at all. The destruction of one of the barriers towards the end of the film is just a way to calm these peasants as Israel crafts out a masterplan. Most people (countries) won’t do a thing for any other person purely out of empty kindness, Israel is no different, if Palestine finds a reason for Israel to be kind to them, I think Israel will listen
This documentary gets a 5 from me, because obviously how many lives on earth has such bravery to record incidents like this? Very important documentation.
Timbuktu is a 2014 Mauritanian movie directed and co-written by Abderrahmane Sissako. The main character is Kidane who is a herdsman. The movie is centered around the occupation of Mali by Islamic Militia and the struggles the innocent community people had to endure.
Abderrahmane did a fantastic job in crafting the story. This movie explores the fate of Herdsman living in an Islamic militia occupied community. Though Kidane and his family lives on the outskirts where they are a bit out of the way for the extremist, one of his cattle ran into a fisherman’s net, got killed and what follows is a must watch piece. They will kill adulterers by stoning, lash people for playing music or singing, force young kids to abandon soccer.
About 90% of the supposed stereotypes you will hear about Islamic extremists were well executed in this movie. Just a side note, there is no mention of (rjam) death by stoning in the highest law in Islam - the Qu’ran - so watch this movie with a third eye. An anonymous reviewer on IMDb said the woman should have been buried up to only waist level, where he got that from I have no idea. First it sounded like he was trying to be funny but I guess he might not.
One huge more secular scene most people can relate even if they are not creating content is the scene where the militants were trying to film a propaganda but couldn’t articulate their thoughts. First I thought yeah this is normal for most people but then I thought again about it and came up with the conclusion that they are fumbling and struggling to articulate their thoughts not only because of fear of public speaking but also because they realized their strict interpretation of Islam doesn’t make sense and can’t be well articulated.
All the little details that I bet most Western viewers won’t pick up, my African lens came to play. Collisions of different farmers involving animals and crops (fish in this movie) hit different if you have experienced it before. The concept of asking another family for a girl's hand in marriage (in my culture, the bride doesn’t go himself as shown in this movie, only elders) I thought was quite spot on, though disturbing at the end. Translator speaks horribly broken English - spectacular acting I thought - I can heavily relate. The light work was great I think, dusk, dunes, sun sets and even indoors. Especially indoors, it looked so real, no over or under lightning.
One thing not so obvious in the movie is that, I think the director was trying to tell audiences that the community was already Islamic before the arrival of the extremist. So maybe he killed the stereotype that Islam is spread by the sword but reinforced that Islamic extremists aren’t great to live with. Both aren’t so desirable anyways.
And talk about sound? Monahla Dargis of The New York Times said “A mesmerizing mix of mood and tone”, I thought the sound work and music in the movie was more than mesmerizing. The last time I heard music with such depth and height was at some in my hometown about a decade ago. A helpless, abused crying woman with such soothing voice sung in tears, I became helpless as well and fell for the sound.
In general it was a fantastic story and structure for such a movie, but at the end I was confused with the role of the bike rider. Of course not everything is going to be well understood on a first watch so I let that slide.
The Movie Timbuktu got a 7.1 out of 10 on IMDb but I will give it a straight 5 star, it’s certainly one of the better movies I have seen recently. Well done!
A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night
Waltz With Bashir
The animation Movie Waltz with Bashir was written and directed by Ari Folman. It was released in 2008 and is supposedly based on Ari Folman’s - the main character - experiences and involvement in the 1982 Lebanon War. The Movie is set around Israel, and Lebanon, though the land of Palestine is not mentioned, the people are a big part of the movie.
I am going to try to stay professional and not get too opinionated but that’s not guaranteed because the involvement of both Palestine and Israel made me worry about how I might judge this movie. The plot is mostly around Folman’s struggle to remember his involvement in the war. He visited friends who were also part of his military group and interviewed them. Partly the veterans of the war tried ways to escape from the trauma of the war including watching porn. The big enemy to the Israelis I saw was the Phalangist. None of their forces seemed identifiable and when shown they were either fighting the Israeli Army or executing Palestinians families at the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps.
The theme about the consequences of war isn’t only about the negatives that victims experience, though that was the main focus of the movie. I think who won is and or who was the hero is a story to be twisted and told for political power in the feature. Though I have no first hand experience of the extent of the memory issue Folman had, I could definitely understand how much a war can impact a people.
I was captivated by the animations, not as much with typical children animations I have seen so I will attribute part of the captivation to my preconceived notion of what the movie will deliver. The use of depth and space to create emotion in the faces of the characters was satisfying for me. I started imagining how it will be to write code to directly render this.
I know I needed more background story maybe but I hated it that the enemy was just the enemy without obvious causes that we know or are told. Even the title having Bashir in it is some way because Bashir barely has his pictures shown at the end and not a big part of the movie. A kid comes sneaking in the trees with a big gun, who the heck is that kid I never found out, but obviously he was a bad guy and needed to be dealt with swiftly.
A point of influence that’s very obvious at least to me was when the veterans tried watching porn to escape their trauma, I think that is in one way showing their struggle and in another way telling viewers that watching porn is a way to escape from your problems. The movie has a 8 out of 10 rating on IMDb and I thought that was fair. But the content and what is it about and how the story has panned out so far, I wouldn’t rate this that high. I don’t feel bad for it either because the first person I saw on IMDb rate the movie 10 out of 10 mentioned about the subjectiveness of the director, implying their liking it is heavily subjective, so can I be a bit subjective too?
Irrespective of my initial concerns, I will definitely recommend this movie to any objective viewer as it’s a great movie preaching anti-war messages with spectacular animations and storyline. But I will give it a 2 out of 5 star only because I think any over-emotional human can have their world-view of some people completely twisted and re-moulded by this movie.
Where Do We Go Now
The movie “Where Do We Go Now” was written by Thomas Bidegain, Rodney El Haddad and Bassam Habib. It was directed by Nadine Labaki who also starred in the movie. The movie is about a constant tension between Muslim and Christian men and the efforts that their women are together trying to forge peace between the men of the two religious groups.The movie is set in an isolated Lebanese village in the 1970s.
In this review I will try to spell a short and objective analysis/critique for this movie. Maybe some examples to help highlight some of the merits and demerits of the movie. The first thing I will applaud this movie for is the setting. Although probably not the most spectacular depiction of the Lebanese village it tries to describe, it’s fair on what the setting is on paper. IMDb wrote that the movie is a Comedic Drama but it was very hard to say exactly what genre the movie was, watching it. The acts that were performed in each scene - mostly in the beginning - was a lot more clearer than what caused them and for what reason that act was being played. This threw me off a few blocks until later into the movie that I could put the piece back together. The sound work definitely wasn’t modern day hollywood level. Nassim died of a gunshot, but the blood on his jaw was barely visible, did the brother give that corpse a bath before bringing it home? And we never saw the war, it was only the potential of it or that other fight that killed Nassim.
One thing I am still puzzled about is what about religion was causing that tension we saw in the movie? Were people in different religion seeking political power over the others in the community? I am trying to refuse to understand that people of same community can just start fighting because they have different religious believes. I am betting this lack of good connection with the story for the fact that I didn’t really absorb the movie enough as the directors or writers would have intended.
I will give this movie just one 1 Star for the hard work it has put it to confuse me.
What Did I Miss Review
The movie (What Did I Miss) is a romantic comedy written by Shady Hannah and Abboudy Mallah. The setting is mostly in a house and the plot revolves around a young woman and her desire to get her ex-husband back by using a new found fiance.
Characters in the movies played as super characters (characters within or on top of character) for most of the movie. I thought that was brilliant. This young woman Nayla broke up with the husband from the beginning of the movie and right away she went into character, playing to try to get the husband to come back. A weird thing to me though was that both of them still stuck around in the same house.
What made this movie fantastic I think was that it tells or shows some things that most people will know they don’t like but will never say. Because saying it will bring up an awkward situation nobody wants to deal with. For example, this might be cultural also, but when they sat to eat and Alex was overreacting to how good the food was, I saw myself exactly as Nayla’s ex-husband - just eating good food, no need for over-reaction - but I have never told anyone in real life who acts like Alex. Actually that is the one part of the movie that got me out of my bed to laugh and kick around within the confinement of my room.
I will give this movie a 4 Star. Though in previous reviews I mentioned that I hate romantic movies, the mix and match of the comedic part of this movie did capture my attention.
Will I recommend this movie? And to who? Yes I will definitely recommend this movie to people in their 20's or married people. Because I think this movie can break a lot of misconceptions or help resolve those awkwards parts of life that couples won’t necessarily talk about.
Week 4 Movie (Wadjda) Review
- Name of Film: Wadjda
- Written By: Haifa Al Monsour
- Date Released: September 2013
- My Ratings: 4 Stars
This movie was a very good combination of many obstacles plus comedy (intended or not). After watching I just thought all those combinations of different issues raised like kid getting married or women hiding away from men seeing them is just a culmination of the culture they are preaching. The most enjoyables part for me was with the kids. For example when that kid (Salma) from the Quran competition club got married and somehow her friends got the pictures and she was trying to take them back. The whole setting was so so funny to me. I laughed so hard and it was late in the night (noise pollution). Another example was when Wadjda's friend asked where the money was. I think the Arabic plus the similarities in diction to my first language (Kusaal) made it sound too funny.
It didn’t look like the government passed a law that girls can ride a bike but both Wadjda’s parents and school teachers didn’t want her too, this is the same as the discussion post about who is enforcing things that we learning about genders roles.
Favorite and Least Favorite
5 Star Movie: The Lord of the Rings
The Lord of the Rings gets a 5-star rating from me. It's a film adaptation of a fantasy novel that was written in the mid 20th Century by J.R.R Tolkien. The movie is in 3 parts: The Fellowship of the Ring, released in my birth year 2001. The Two Towers in 2003 and The Return of the King in 2003. I have only seen the first two. It's a about the coexistence of different races (hobits, elves etc) including humans. The central theme according to me centers around a ring that is said to be evil and need to be destroyed. The quest to the destruction of the ring has all the fun and horrors there is in a movie in it
The first time I saw it, it was for a film class project in high school and I didn't pay much attention to it then. But I recently just re-watched it over the winter break and would swear it's one of the greatest. The language language in particular is what seduces me the most. The use and abuse of power is very huge part of it too that I like seeing out things play out even in such fantasy world.
It's full of spiritual powers and mysteries and I guess part of it plays into the setting/plot of the movie. If you don't have any backstory of the movie you will understand it differently for long into the movie because you will understand the origin of certain things. At first I thought that stupid because it confused me for a bit, but in hindsight I realized it's an artistic genom.
Go watch it, it's 5 star movie!
1 Star Movie: The Sunrise
The Sunrise is a romantic drama movie that was release in 1995. It's getting only 1 star and 1 small paragraph from me. I am not sure if I haven't taken my time to understand the purpose of romantic movies or what the reason is. But I just don't find them enticing enough. I actually only watched this movie because I was with an all new international friends group that wanted to watch and I said cool.