Saturday, November 21, 2015

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2

Yesterday (since it has passed midnight), I watched The Hunger Games:  Mockingjay Part 2 with my homies ;)  I must say, it's a relief, mainly because I worked so hard to keep myself completely oblivious to the plot.  You have no idea the struggle I went through.  I resist the temptation of reading the books (even though it is probably better than the movies), I avoid any comments section if I watch the trailer/clip of anything relating to Hunger Games, I even avoid reading any articles on the subject of Hunger Games, and I also rarely talk about it to my friends, especially those that I know have read the books.  The reason I did all this is mainly because I just don't want to lose that element of surprise.  I feel like the plot is better if I just don't know what happens next.  That pretty much explains why I went through all the trouble of staying away from any potential spoilers.

So, when I watched the movie just now, it felt so good when it's over.  It's a good thing, because it means that it's worth the struggle.  I actually liked it.  I admit, there are some parts where it felt draggy, but I actually like how it developed throughout.  I like how Hunger Games really reflects on the political condition of our reality.  How people just use other people for their own benefits.  How the greed for power just influenced people to kill or just do bad things really, to other people all in the name of "greater goods" of the future.  The reason I am apolitical is mainly because of this.  So, the fact that Hunger Games reflects this in their plot, in a way, maybe that's why I like the movie.  The fact that I literally don't know the plot, so all the element of surprise, a.k.a. plot twist got me shaking my head because it just how I feel about politics really.  So, the element of surprise that I religiously protects definitely pays off in the end.

However, I must say that the ending is just too cliché for my taste.  I mean, I was told the book has similar ending...but's too cliché and it sort of tone down Katniss' strong character a little bit too much.  I mean, it's still a sweet ending, but, I just wish it ends at the scene before that when Katniss said "real" because it leaves more to the imagination to the audience to think how their lives are after that.  But that's just my own personal opinion.  Also, I don't really care about this whole Team Gale or Team Peeta that's going on throughout the Hunger Games series because that's not the reason why I watch Hunger Games and put myself through the trouble of not knowing the plot.  But to be completely honest, I never really like Gale that much from the beginning.  It has nothing to do with Liam's just that I never really like Gale from the beginning.  That's all.

As for other aspects of the movie, great music, not very impactful in my opinion, but it does the job.  Special effects, pretty much like any other movie that uses special effects.  I mean, we're living in the world where technology is everything, so it'll be weird if they don't put great special effects.  Will I recommend this movie to people?  Yeah, if you've seen all the other Hunger Games movies, then yes, you definitely should watch this one just as a closure to the franchise.  If you have not watch all the movies, I don't think it will be too difficult to understand the story to be honest, it's pretty straightforward in my opinion.

If I am to rate this movie from 1 to 10 with 10 being the best, I will give this movie 7/10 ^_^

That's all from me for now, have a nice day people!  Toodles~ 

*image taken from Google Image

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

The Other Interest :)

Hello everyone!  I decided to upload a video of my composition yesterday to Youtube.  I wrote it last year in June, while I was still in New York.  I was never too confident on sharing it, but I thought, why not...worth the shot.  It was music for moving picture, I got the clip when I was in New York last year, while attending the ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop in NYU.  I have always loved film scoring.  It is definitely something that I will very much like to try in the future.  The video is here in this post, do take a look, I hope you enjoy it and have a nice day ^_^