DEVOTION

THE LADY (2011)
– 3 and a half out of 5 stars

This autobiographical film tells of how Aung San Suu Kyi became the political figure and her relationship with her husband, Michael Aris.

Watching this in a theatre full of foreigners really brought out a different feeling. It’s as if you could feel their joy and rage at all times during the different parts of the movie. You can’t help but feel unfair when she goes under house arrest, or when her family are prohibited from visiting her or vice versa. There’s a scene where she starts playing the piano and causes panic among the soldiers guarding her house. That was really funny, and in a later scene, when she starts playing the piano again, the same guard acknowledges it as “music” not some threat. Even under house arrest, she manages to have a positive influence.

“MY FIST HUNGERS FOR JUSTICE”

KUNG FU PANDA 2 (2011)
– 3 out of 5 stars 

Lord Shen: Who do you think you are, Panda?
Po: Who do you think I am, Peacock?

In this sequel, the Dragon Warrior, Po, and the Furious Five (Tigress, Monkey, Mantis, Viper, Crane) have to stop Lord Shen who has created a new weapon that threatens to destroy the legacy of kungfu. In the process, Po learns more about his past and how his father came to be Mr. Ping, a goose.

Po: Scars heal.
Lord Shen: No, they don’t. Wounds heal.
Po: Oh, right. What do scars do? Fade?
Lord Shen: I don’t care what scars do!

This was really funny and I enjoyed it even though I didn’t watch the original movie. Po really likes to state the obvious and OMG I loved it when he finally found inner peace! You can always count on him to do something unpredictable! Plus, the baby Po is super adorable! He eats non-stop and really cries like a human baby! Some of the funnier parts are already seen in the trailers but it’s still worth a watch.

STARDUST IN SPACE

SUNSHINE (2007)
– 3 and a half out of 5 stars 

After a long long wait, I finally caught my movie… and a FREE one at that! Thanks to my sister who won 2 complimentary tickets to Sunshine.According to the story, the Sun is dying and so will Earth; thus this group of eight scientists and astronauts are sent on a mission to the Sun. This is their last attempt to ignite the core, after mining all over Earth for materials and a failed mission seven years ago. After entering the deadzone (place where messages can no longer be transmitted), they find Icarus I – the spaceship that failed to re-ignite the Sun seven years ago. After an ‘informed’ decision, they decided to make a detour to Icarus I. Due to careless mistakes, mechanical problems and casualties arose.

This was really scary mainly for the climax that occurred three-quarter-way into the show. Some Freddy Kreuger-wannabe appeared and scared the hell outta me; this is one of the reasons why space-related movies are scary. It’s kinda claustrophobic in the spaceship, and you’re out alone in space with nowhere to run and some “enlightened”thing comes for you with a rotating blade. *shivers* Star Wars is still good in the sense that the force is with me and it’s entirely fictatious, unlike Sunshine, which brings an element of realism into it.

BEHIND GREY EYES

MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA (2005)
– 3 out of 5 stars

Nice show, with beautiful costumes and charismatic screen presence from the actors.

A girl’s journey to a Geisha, and later her search for love in the most unexpected place. It was really interesting to watch those behind-the-scenes of how one transformed into a Geisha – the makeup, the costumes. The training they went through was a particular highlight.