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Meet the Robinsons (2007)
Meet the Robinsons, Meet a Life Purpose
I don't know where to start, but I have plenty to write about and plenty of ink in my pen, so I'll just let my thoughts splash. Meet the Robinsons is one of the best animated films made in the past decade. Yes, better than Ratatouille, Monsters Inc., Ice Age, etc. Why? This film contains such a strong meaning, and the producers did everything they could to get their message across. Some of the main themes of the movie are living a life with purpose, failure is more important than success, and moving forward. After watching, I couldn't quite mask my appreciation for the film, so this article was written. Meet the Robinsons is supposedly a children's movie, but I thoroughly enjoyed it along with the adults I watched the movie with. Now, going along with the catch-phrase of the movie, lets keep moving forward.
Purpose is defined by different people in different ways. For example, Lewis' purpose was to revolutionize the world with his inventions. Whoa. Now that seems nearly insurmountable for some, but not for young Lewis. No matter how many times he failed, (with adoption, and the prototypes of his inventions) Lewis was always aspiring to improve the world in the best way that he possibly could. For him, it was inventions. For you, it is probably different. It could be film-making, writing, entrepreneurship, accounting, making music, drawing, or whatever you like to do. The bottom line is that there is always room, in any career field, for a competent individual who strives to live his/her life with purpose.
Lewis is introduced to us a young inventor, who makes plenty of mistakes on his machines. Why is that? Lack of experience could be one reason, but it helps the filmmaker prove a point: failure is more important than success. If you take a look around, you might notice that the most successful/wealthy people in the world all fail. A lot. If you don't believe me, go ahead and ask them. Some brave/crazy souls have actually set themselves up to fail intentionally, just because of the experience and opportunity to better themselves. Seems a little extreme, but if you are motivated enough, you can tear through all of your failures. Remember: every time you fail, you are one step closer to success. This is all easier said than done, but who said any of this was easy? When we succeed without failure, we do not gain much. It can actually discourage us in the future when we come face-to-face with failure. So, the next time you are pondering about your past, don't be surprised to find that you have gained the most life experience from your failures. Remove your fear of failure, as Lewis learned to do, and you are bound to hit success in the forehead.
This brings us to the main theme of the movie, moving forward. So what exactly does "Keep Moving Forward" mean? It is the act of continuing your mission, disregarding the obstacles you may face along the way. In Meet the Robinsons, it is often mentioned by the characters. Going back to the theme of living with a purpose, and failure is more important than success; moving forward goes hand in hand with these 2 aspects. If you don't live life with a purpose, you will certainly lack the motivation to keep moving forward. And if you don't understand the importance of failure in your life, how can you propel yourself to success? The fact is: IT IS TOUGH! The ability to keep moving forward is not an easy one to acquire; but if you can, it will be one of the best decisions you will ever make. The ability is a blessing that the entire Robinson family had. Like them, if you can keep moving forward no matter the situation, it will set you apart from everyone else.
Meet the Robinsons is jam-packed with themes to implement in your everyday life, you just need to know how to look for theme. In almost every scene, there is an underlying message, and that makes the movie special. Moving forward, living life with a purpose, and learning to fail are just a few of the messages; the rest are for you to find. Meet the Robinsons showed us not to let any obstacle stand in our way, or any obstacle hinder our perception of success. Be like a Robinson; enjoy life, and no matter what, just keep moving forward!
The Bucket List (2007)
Excellent, Excellent, Nicholson and Freeman Deliver!
The Bucket List is one of the best movies of 2008, and it would be cruel not to give it an Oscar award. It teaches viewers how to make the best out of any situation, even a tragic illness like brain cancer. The Bucket List features 2 of the best and most experienced actors in Hollywood (Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson), and the chemistry between the two is marvelous. Some of the recurring themes throughout the movie are living for the present (having fun in the current moment); appreciating the little things in your daily life, while not worrying about what happens in the future. The work that was put into making the movie was tremendous, and it shows during the presentation. So whether you are young or old, The Bucket List is sure to have a strong inspirational message for everyone.
Jack Nicholson plays Edward Cole, a billionaire hospital owner who is recently diagnosed with cancer. Carter Chambers, played by Morgan Freeman, is a mechanic working on an average salary, also fighting with cancer. When the two are placed in the same hospital room, they do not get along. Cole's crummy attitude does not mend well with Chambers' wise remarks. However, after spending more time together, they learn to get along and become friends. Later on, both create a "Bucket List". It is a list of things you wish to do before your death. After some convincing, Cole and Chambers leave the hospital to explore the aspects of their lives that have been missing for quite some time. This is where the plot begins to develop, and the movie enters its lighter stages. There are many things in life which we have no control over; however, we must learn to accept them and make the best of the cards that we are dealt. When someone is struck down by a terminal illness, it is debilitating. I was recently diagnosed with Crohn's disease, and after spending some time in the hospital, I learned many things that were presented in The Bucket List. Everything happens to us for a reason, intended for self improvement. It is up to us if we want to learn the lessons presented to us, or ignore them.
After leaving the hospital, they begin their journey to accomplish every task on the bucket list. There are some dangerous adventures, like skydiving and crashing race cars, but Cole and Chambers don't let anything stand in the way of their goals. They have some thoughtful conversations along their journey, filled with humor throughout. The light-heartedness of the film makes it so much more enjoyable for everyone. During the accomplishment of activities on their bucket list, Cole and Chambers experience true happiness, despite their poor health. This goes to show that no obstacle, big or small, can defeat the power of the human spirit. All you need is the willpower, and nothing can stand in your way.
The main conflict occurs towards the end of the movie, where the relationship between our two main characters hangs in the balance. Edwin blatantly refuses to confront the biggest obstacle in his life, which strongly upsets Chambers. This conflict goes on until the end of the movie; when both characters realize their flaws, and make a great effort to improve the lives of others around them. While watching the movie, expect to feel a strong emotional pull towards the characters, as the editing, screen writing, and music incorporation is fantastic. It was very refreshing to see such an inspirational film like The Bucket List. The movie industry needs to learn from great movies like these, and just keep it going. We deserve to see a masterpiece, and we also deserve to have a chance to better ourselves. The Bucket List is a great movie to watch when you feel that life has given you a raw deal. Why? It can completely warp your perspective, and help you cope and improve any situation. This movie will definitely be on the list of movies to show my kids. While I may be a little bit young to make a bucket list, the idea will be inside my head as a guideline to live life by. We have such little time, why not make the most of it?
A pretty good Van Damme flick...with a great message
Timecop was released in 1994, and it reflects the "future" of 2004. Apparently, this film was wrong about that. But in no means necessary does it make it a crappy film.
This movie is about a man named Max Walker, who works for the TEC, otherwise known as a Time Enforcement Commission Agent. In the movie, his wife Melissa Walker gets murdered. The name of the killer is Aaron McComb. A U.S. senator (not a good one, if I might add). A greedy, money-thirsty villain.
Max Walker has a plan, to go back in time and save his wife. But things are not always as they seem. In this movie, there are some twists and turns, which aren't very hard to understand. The special effects aren't too great as well, some are very cheaply done.
Perhaps the best part of this film is the message that it conveys. Don't go back in time, or 1 simple mistake that you make, can change the entire course of history.
And that about wraps it up, I would strongly recommend the viewing of this film. It contains some great action, great plot, and decent acting. But rent this film first.