Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Are you thinking this may be a blog about some movie? Yes, you are right. Is it jam packed with good-looking characters? LOL, but YES it is! Is it full of action with sleek car chases on super highways with a lot of point shooting and all those mumbo jumbo? Erm, no. This is not a blog about that. This, my friend(s), is about..wait for it..Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters.
Yep! You read that right! This is ALL about the newly released movie of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, The Sea of Monsters.
I am so giddy with excitement my fingers could barely keep up with my thoughts.
Ok. So the movie.. What did I think, you ask? Aside from “Ooh! Annabeth is finally blonde!,” I thought it was O for O-SOME! I mean outside-the-realm-of-fandom awesome! Before I get into more details about the movie, lemme just tell you first that RM and I were supposed to watch it tomorrow..but my sister bought a ticket earlier and I got “tricked” into watching it tonight, so I’d be watching it twice for the first time on 08/08/2013. Get it? Well, whether you get it or not, this is just our little secret, ‘kay?
So anyway.. The movie is what a person would expect when it was one that was “adapted” from the book, or more like the “interpretation” of the director from the author. As you know movies tend to be strikingly different than what’s actually found in the ink-printed papers of the books they were derived from. With that fact in hand, you must leave all judgment outside the premises of the cinema and just view the movie as if it wasn’t based on a book you have read countless times. Believe me, it wouldn’t break your heart as much.
Also, a fair warning to all. If you are not even acutely familiar with the Greek mythology (mainly about the gods, yes, but more importantly, the curses, prophesies, weaponry, monsters, terms etc) do not, I repeat, DO NOT watch the movie. It will just give you a headache and your face will be transformed into a very large question mark floating above a body whilst holding a tumbler of popcorn. And that’s not the picture I want to paint at the moment. Seriously though, READ FIRST!
Ok so basically, the movie started off with a blast from the past. Youngsters Luke, Thalia, Annabeth and Grover were running in the forest towards the safety of Camp Half-Blood and hot on their heels was a vicious monster, a cyclops. In order to protect her friends, Thalia gave up her life and as the daughter of Zeus, she was transformed into a tree, a tree that protects the camp thereon against evil monsters that aim to harm any half-blood within reach. As it were, in the present time, that tree was poisoned hence the barrier protecting all the half-bloods within the camp has become drastically weak thus endangering the lives hundreds of demigods. Clarisse, daughter of Ares, was given the quest to retrieve the mythical Golden Fleece in order to heal and cure the Thalia tree, which is undergoing a “second” slow death from the poison that is seeping through her veins. Percy, Annabeth and Grover, on the other hand, sneaked out of the camp together with Tyson, Percy’s half brother cyclops, to search for the fleece as well. Aaaaaand so on and so forth. ————-Spoiler alert ends here.————-
This would seem a bit out of the usual, but what wowed me the most were the eyes of the characters. Percy and Tyson’s sea green eyes were just what I’d always imagined they would be. It’s as though you have been transported to a secluded beach just by looking at them. Well, duh. Poseidon’s sons..so what’s the surprise there? Don’t even get me started with Annabeth’s startling gray eyes. It’s like looking into the eye of the storm. Literally. I got lost looking to the sea god’s sons’ eyes, Annabeth’s isn’t any different. It was purely magical. Medusa hated those eyes because they were Athena’s eyes, but I LOVED them! I could get lost in their depths and stayed there forever! Hah! The most jaw-dropping moment for me (with regards to the eyes..we are still talking about eyes, right?) was the moment Thalia opened hers (She’s alive! Woohoo! The fleece practically overdid its job. LOL.). Those eyes rendered me speechless! Those gorgeous blues the color of the sky are to die for! (No pun intended, Thalia.)
Here are a few tips for those who want to watch the movie:
I am not even remotely finished just yet, but I have noticed that this blog is just taking too darn long so I’ll just post another LONG blog after I have watched the movie (again) tomorrow. I really enjoyed the movie, truth be told. I mean, there were a lot of lapses in the movie but anyone, I mean, ANYONE who passes judgment about the movie but hasn’t read the book(s) is simply ignorant and I would utterly love to challenge them to a Greek mythology quiz bowl and pulverize them! I shall show no mercy, impudent human!
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
"Everything has a meaning".
We had originally planned to watch the Wolverine last week. Be that as it may, our schedules just did not give us the time to slow down a bit and enjoy even half a day together. So anyways, we finally got a day off from work today to cover our monthsary, which is (9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1) today. (Lucky us! Teehee!)
That’s when the movie date came into the picture.
The Wolverine is a film that follows the X-Men: The Last Stand. Logan travels to Japan, where he engages an old acquaintance in a struggle that has lasting consequences. Stripped of his immortality, he faced many battles as well as his inner demons.
It seems that Logan is still haunted by memories of Jean Grey in this movie. To add icing to the cake, his ability to heal was suppressed thereby hindering his skills in the battlefield. He, after a long, long time, felt “human” again, an ordinary man, your average Joe. Okay, maybe not average. I mean that’s HUGH JACKMAN!, erm, LOGAN! Nothing is average about HIM. Duh. Just look at those pecs! Any man would feel so beneath him just by the sheer presence of his sweat (Amay. Sa singot jud?). Hahaha! Exaggerated that a bit, but you get the picture.
The fight sequences were AWESOME! There were parts when Yukio out-shined Logan though and I was yelling in my head “Go, girl!” every time she is on a fight scene. I was expecting Mariko to be just as good (or better) when she was in quite a ditch herself, but there were only a few scenes where she kicked some a** although not in a very “wow” way. That was not how I expected someone to be, you know, “proficient in karate and knife-throwing”. A huge wave of disappointment washed over me realizing this fact. But hey, no movie’s perfect (di bah?).
Another thing that made my interest soar to another level was that they were in Japan and obviously there had to be the dialect inculcated there somewhere, and in that point I was not disappointed. Hah! I was thoroughly giddy with happiness I had a little background in Japanese so it was really not hard for me to follow their dialogue even though some parts were not translated using subtitles. Thanks to the numerous anime I have watched since childhood, I smugly interpreted some lines to him because I could clearly see it in his face he was at a total loss of comprehension. So yeah, I’m cool right? LOOOOOL!
All in all, we were glad we watched the movie. We totally enjoyed it!
As the movie ended, we stood and up and started to leave.
Me: “Hey, wanna stay a while? Maybe they’ve got those post movie clips or something.”
Him: “That has become a trend with these current movies these days right?”
So as we were discussing this while walking towards the door, I turned to take one last peek to make sure and then BAM! The post movie credit/clip/whatever started. We hurriedly went back to watch. Hmmmm. It looks like another (X-Men) movie is in the works what with Professor Xavier still OBVIOUSLY ALIVE! Hah! We did not see that one coming.
The excitement died down as we strolled around the mall for a bit before deciding to join my sister and Dudod the minion, who just came from a very relaxing massage, at 2 Storey, a local Korean restaurant in the downtown area. We were planning to dine there on our monthsary, but decided to spend that time shopping instead. =D
The restaurant is a very cute little place aptly decorated with cute little things giving it a very homey ambiance complete with pillows, curtains, etx. The Boss came too and among the 5 of us, he was the only one who did not order a Korean food. Hahaha.
I love Korean dramas and there was this one drama, Rooftop Prince, wherein they always had omurice. And being in a Korean restaurant, I knew I just had o try one for myself. It wasn’t that bad. It wasn’t uberly fantastic either. But I enjoyed it very much. He related it to a Shawarma rice with egg, in fact. And for dessert, he treated us all to waffle ice cream. Yum!
Today turned out to be very enjoyable for all of us. It gave us time to unwind for a bit and escape the pressure, not to mention the stress, derived from work.
Right now, RM and I are looking forward to watching two movies this week, 300: Rise of an Empire and Bakit Hindi Ka Crush ng Crush Mo. Excited, excited, excited!!