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Quest for Fire Movie Review

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I often think about how different our lives would be without language. Our dependence upon words for communication goes so deep that even the vast majority of our thoughts are verbal. A person in our society with no understanding of words or language would have great difficulty in life, and they would have trouble maintaining meaningful relationships in the Western World. The 1981 film Quest for Fire gives us a glimpse into what it would be like to live in prehistoric times, before the conveniences of modern languages. Because of this, most of the film’s script is composed of grunts or primitive phrases that may seem too humorous for many viewers to take seriously. However, the film as a whole is a rather moving tale of the culture and struggles of early man. Continue reading Quest for Fire Movie Review

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The King’s Speech Movie Review

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It seems as though historical films never get all of the details right about the actual events. Look up the Wikipedia article on any movie based on a real event and you’ll find a section entitled “historical accuracy” devoted to tearing apart the work for any liberties taken. Sometimes, these creative choices can be beneficial to the plot. In The Sound of Music, it is very satisfying to watch the Von Trapps climb over the Alps at the end, and it makes for a much better conclusion than watching them board a train as the actual family did in real life. Some changes in these films, however, are taken to appease the filmmaker’s agenda, such as when Michael Bay chose to show the Japanese bombing the hospital in Pearl Harbor. Although I feel that changes such as this can be harmful to both the art of film and our society in general, I don’t believe that we should discard all historical movies just because of their inaccuracies. No matter what care is put into the filmmaking process, there is no way that all of the facts of an event can be crammed into a two-hour window. With that in mind, I recommend that we sit back and watch these films, overlooking the minor differences between the real story and the fiction, and look instead at the movie’s deeper meaning. With that in mind, let’s dive into The King’s Speech. Continue reading The King’s Speech Movie Review