MOVIE-NG

I am a happy child[a tad overgrown but heeeeeeeeee haw anyway]. I have come into a gold mine of movies which I intend to watch over the next couple of weeks.


I had heard so much about Pan's labyrinth that I felt it deserved the inaugural watch. And I must say I was a trifle disappointed. It is an intense mixed genre drama that finds parallels in the worlds of the real and the fantasy. And thus, the insect transmorgifies into a fairy[sadly sounding like a mating cricket], and the wall opens up into a monster's chamber, and death transports you to the higher kingdom of justice[with highly cool seating arrangments I might add]. But there is never a moment of fluidity. The two worlds remain isolated and detached. The only very very obvious link is the crumbling of courage yet its eventual triumph in the face of tyranny.

Now if the insect had remained an insect, but Ofelia saw a fairy. If the monster was not an inhuman carcass with hands for eyes, but a big human hirsute that evoked fear in little Ofelia. And if Ofelia died as she did, but died happy....
That would have been a beautiful merging of the real and that fantasy. Finding magic in the doggedly real lives we live and die. Now that would have been some movie.....


But some great acting, and as always a lovely soundtrack.


I also feel compelled to write about Guru that I watched some days back. I absolutely loved it. It was a goodlooking movie[always a winner!] with some brilliant acting. And it so convincingly mitigated the bureaucratic crimes of a man born of the middle class with its stagnant content and lesser dreams. And the soundtrack was niiiiiiiice. But the clincher was Abhishek Bachchan's lopsided smile, shining white in its honesty and happiness *swoooooons*.



Truly worth a watch.
Next in line - The Prestige, Amores Perros and Borat.
Will keep you posted.



11 comments:

Bassister said...

Borat!
It's must watch!..

MISSquoted** said...

oooooh but what a coincidence...i put in the cd...its busy whirring now ;-)

Szerelem said...

I really liked Pan's Labyrinth. Wrote about it here. I actually liked that the two worlds remained detached though there are parallel themes.
How'd you like Borat?

surajsharma said...

pan's labyrinth? anyways, aside from the fact that small b kicked ass in "guru", i would like to append here, the fact that the cinematography was awesome as well. :)

and...OMFG! borat!!
Very nice! :)

MISSquoted** said...

szerelem: i have never been much of a violent fantasy person...
fantasy=magic=romance=happy.
possible why i am one of the few who prefers harry potter to lotr[no noooooooo the lotr movies series is wayyyyy better]...'oooh sacrilege!' i heard you say??
borat had moments.

suraj: yes yes borat had moments.
i especially liked the way borat fell in love with pamela anderson, PAMELA ANDERSON and just completely broke down when he realised when she aint so much the virgin eh?
har har!

surajsharma said...

borat is my hero!

Apeksha Gajjar said...

harry potter is way better than the lotr series!!! :)
loved prestige..obssession can lead to disastrous results..awesome!!

MISSquoted** said...

suraj: OKAY you boob obsessed, cheek kissing, patriarchal provincial pig!
albeit with a dash of sincerity and affection ;-)

apeksha: okie the prestige is next...although amores perros has been on the list ever since i watched 21 gms and babel...

Apeksha Gajjar said...

havent watched the two other films by him, but Babel is GOOD! Glad to know Brad Pitt is finally out of Angelina's shadow and doing some good work (and i dont mean charity!) ;)

MISSquoted** said...

i actually didnt like babel too much, the link was too weak, the stories too intense for equal airtime...thus, some scenes stuck out like sore, red thumbs.
muchos liked 21 gms though...check that out if you haven already!

Anonymous said...

Your style is mind-blowingly awesome . You are a virtuoso ! Your entire blog is a feast for the lover of words . But Guru sucked , Gurubhai's older version looked like a retard to me .