The Whales of August

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I watched The Whales of August with my mom a few weeks ago. It was a lovely film, starring Lillian Gish, Bette Davis, Ann Sothern, and Vincent Price. Not much goes on in the film, just a couple of days in the lives of two sisters’, Libby and Sarah, but there was enough going on in the film that kept me in my seat.

 

Libby and Sarah are two sisters in their eighties, living in an old house by the sea in Maine, and life is going on as usual. But Libby is bitter and sees life as a burden; she has a negative view of it and it almost seems as if she wishes to pass away now, not having a reason to live anymore. Libby believes in the age old depressing adage: life goes on until it doesn’t. Sarah is the dutiful younger sister of Libby who wants more out of life, but feels daunted by her sister’s obstinance. Sarah chooses to see beauty in life, even though she is older herself.

 

My mom said that most people couldn’t watch this film. She’s right, too. Most people would think that there was not enough goings on to warrant this film for a watch. But I say to you, watch it! It is a lovely benediction to the older generation, to our parents and grandparents.

 

This film has shown me that, yes, there are frightening things about growing old. But there are much more lovelier things. Seeing the beauty of the world around you, still taking pleasure in the small things, like visiting neighbors, bringing blueberries, and fish to eat. Time passes quickly some days, but in a whisper if you let it. You are never too old to enjoy life. And even if you’re in your sixties, seventies, eighties, nineties, etc., it doesn’t matter. As, Joshua Brackett said to Sarah, “There’s nothing wrong with new, Mrs. Webber, if it makes something good better.”

 

This film gave me a strong sense of appreciation for the simpler things in life. I used to think that growing old would be a truly frightening thing, but after watching this movie, I feel more at ease about it.

 

Life is an adventure and we must live each moment deeply, because time passes when you’re sitting idly by. Even though all of the characters were older, you could still see a sparkle of liveliness in their eyes. There is always life in people, from the moment they are conceived til the moment they die. This film is a testament to the idea of growing old. It’s truly a special thing. This film has good dialogue and strong friendships among the characters. The acting was simple, yet fine, and the script was breezy and laid back. I would happily watch The Whales of August again and again!

Awkward is The New Fashion

Earlier today, I found myself watching the new ‘Amazing Spiderman’ trailer with my family. I must say, it was one of the most- no, scratch that. It was THE most awkward movie trailer I had ever been so unfortunate as to look upon.  I won’t bother you with the details, since I’m pretty sure many people have seen it already. What I want to address is something a bit entirely different.

A few months ago, when I first saw the ‘Amazing Spiderman’ trailer on Youtube, I was astonished to find that someone had critiqued that this new Spiderman movie would be way better than the original. They remarked that in Sam Raimi’s Spiderman the acting was mediocre, the actors, the director himself, and, well, they basically assaulted the original three movies in their entirety. That made me very angry to see.

When I was a child, my father used to tell me about things that happened in the comic books, how Mary Jane was Peter’s second girlfriend, that Gwen Stacy was his first and she died while falling down the  Brooklyn Bridge, etc. I was very interested in the world of Spiderman and superheroes in general. Then, in 2002, Sony came out with the very first live action Spiderman movie. I remember watching it and being thrilled as the chorus sang the theme of Spiderman. It was an unforgettable experience. I was merely twelve years old when I saw it and I was mesmerized.

I have a natural affection to the original Spiderman movies that many people on Youtube, and basically in the whole world, would make fun of me for. Even now, people rag on the original Spiderman movies everywhere and say that they just KNOW the Amazing Spiderman will be so much better than the original. Well, people are entitled to their opinions, but I watched the trailer once, saw another version and was left completely and utterly unmoved.

Now, you cannot possibly tell if a movie will be a piece of crap just by watching the trailer, but you can get some good insight from trailers. And what I could see from the Amazing Spiderman is that it should have been renamed ‘The Amazing Awkwardness’. Seriously, just watch it and you’ll see for yourself. I won’t attempt to win over anybody with this post, but just inform people why I like the old ones and why Tobey Maguire will always be my favorite and only Peter Parker/Spiderman.

The first two movies were excellent and the third one was very good. But it had priceless moment that seized my heart: The scene where Peter tells Sandman that he forgave him for accidentally shooting his Uncle Ben. A lot of Christians liked the idea that Peter forgave Sandman. It still left a bitter taste in my mouth that Harry finally turned around, only to die saving Peter’s life. And there is also the scene in the first Spiderman where Uncle Ben dies. I’m not saying I enjoyed it, but you couldn’t help but be inspired as Peter runs off, looking for his Uncle’s (supposed) killer. It shows you the tragedy that bore a hero. You can feel his rage and his despair; you actually want to see him murder the killer in a way. There were many points of the movies where they just sucked you in and made you feel like you were living in them.

Spiderman taught us that, “With great power, comes great responsibility.” I believe that to be one of the hardest lessons mankind ever has to learn. Spiderman brought the realism of  the consequences of our actions to the big screen in a most passionate and provocative way. I’m not cracking on The Amazing Spiderman, but I have become attached to the original. I just don’t see how doing a reboot that’s ‘more like the comic books’ going to be of any relevance. And if I watch it, it’ll be with little or no interest, only as a critic, which I might just end up being, since I like to speak out on movies I like and dislike.

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