The Fault in Our Stars, The One, and Airplane 2

Tears of Sadnness, Anger, and Joy

Hello one and all! How are we all doing? Good? That’s great!

You may be wondering why I’m in such a good mood, as I usually start these posts with the stress/dilemma/commitments I’ve had this week, but no more! Because, as of next Friday, I will officially have my last lesson ever as a student of college. Yes! It’s taken me three years, but I am beginning to take the steps to university. Better late than never, eh?

My exams are a while off still. My first one is in just under four weeks, and I’m feeling pretty well-prepared for them! I’m getting better at managing my time to work around exams and other personal projects, so I’ve managed to squeeze these three films in for this week:

The Fault in Our Stars

THE PLOT: Hazel Grace Lancaster suffers from terminal thyroid cancer, that has spread to her lungs and makes physical activities strenuous for her. After going to a support group, she meets the extremely charismatic Augustus Waters, who lost a leg from bone cancer. The two bond, and we have our movie!

I mean, there’s more. A trip to Amsterdam to meet the author of Hazel’s favourite book, the battle of cancer and, of  course, love.

I am not unfamiliar with romantic films. Some of my favourite films (CasablancaLove ActuallyFour Weddings and a Funeral) are romances. Hm, I think I might have to add this one to the list.

While I’m unwillingly drifting out the age-group of teenagers (my face stubbornly refuses, leading to the local bouncers of Hereford knowing me as ‘baby-face’), I felt like I could relate to the relationship(s) (not so much the other elephant in the room) of the characters.

Surprisingly, I was rather interested with the minor character of Issac. On the cusp of loosing his remaining eye to cancer, his girlfriend leaves him, leaving him heart-broken and alone in the dark. Now that could be a story on its own. While Augustus’ and Hazel’s relationship hogs the spotlight, I noticed more and more the details behind them: Hazel’s parents and their plans to move on from Hazel’s imminent death, the theme of religion, and the obstacles cancer patients face in the real world.

What I’m saying is if you get bored of all the ‘okays’ being spouted by the two titular characters, you have more to look at. But on the subject of the two love-birds, I would have to give a fairly pleased thumbs up. The film doesn’t throw them together instantly, but makes it clear a relationship is imminent. Grace is a no-nonsense girl whose clever persona without being snobbish is a rare treat. Augustus’ charisma is unreal, but the film realises that, and there are a few moments that you can see through the mask (I would have liked more moments though. While they do suffer from some soppy romantic clichés, they area  good couple to root for.

VERDICT: 8/10 – More than okay.

Gus: I am in love with you. And I know that love is just a shout into the void, and that oblivion is inevitable, and that we're all doomed. And that one day all our labor will be returned to dust. And I know that the sun will swallow the only earth we will ever have. And I am in love with you.

The One (2001)

THE PLOT: Described in the first minute of the film, parallel universes have been discovered, and how to travel between them through detecting wormholes. However, one man is set to kill all the versions of him to absorb their life energy and become ‘The One’.

I’ve been told that I haven’t seen as many Jet Li films as I should have. I probably chose the wrong one here.

I mean, what the hell was happening in this film? Firstly, the parallel universe thing is sketchy at best. How am I supposed to believe there are only 120-something versions of this character, when there are apparently infinite universes?

The whole thing is just sloppy. A lot of random stuff is put in for no reason. For example, Delroy Lindo gives Jason Statham some extremely good advice… which is never used again. Another is when Statham tells the good Jet to ‘not breath for twenty seconds’ before an explosion. Why? Who knows? The golden rule of films: don’t add it in if it doesn’t serve a purpose. The CGI was also nauseous and poor, which just made everything look unappealing, not to mention the boring repetition of set.

The characters also were awful. I mean, how could you go wrong with Statham? At one point, there is the classics ‘switcharoo’ where it’s unclear which one is the real killer, and they take the first one to speak’s word on it? Come on! Also, whatever happened to the lady who helped the killer escape that one time? She fulfilled her purpose obviously.

The only redeeming factor in this film was the fights. Jet Li is a very talented fighter, and it’s especially awesome to see him fight himself (even though the CGI sparks ruined it). Also, the final scene offered some healing for the wounds this movie gives you, as you finally find out what the prison-like universe is that they’ve been trying to send bad Li to.

But yeah, this movie was pretty shocking.

VERDICT: 3/10 – Maybe there’s a parallel universe where I didn’t see this movie.

Yulaw: I am Yulaw! I am nobody's b*tch! You are mine.

Airplane II

THE PLOT: Ted Striker strikes again! In the near future, the first commercial flight to the moon is taking off. Striker is in a mental asylum after a lawsuit over crashing the previous lunar shuttle. However, he escapes, buys a ticket, and makes it onto the plane, where many disasters are awaiting.

Can I just say it’s a shame that Leslie Nielsen wasn’t in the sequel? That is just a bit of biased favouritism from me.

You’re going to find that this movie doesn’t differ hugely to the second one. While there is originality, there are some of the same jokes, and the film feels like a re-run, yet I didn’t mind. There was enough to keep me chuckling throughout (I would suggest Hot Shots!Scary Movie and The Naked Gun if you want the same humour, but different stories).

There isn’t really much else to say. It’s a hit-and-miss film. I personally enjoyed it, but that is because I like this kind of over-the-top humour, however, it does tread familiar ground of the first film. Really, I would have liked to see some meta-humour so that at least it would be clear the directors knew what they were doing, but there was only one casual joke about it. I’ll try and keep my bias out of the scoring.

VERDICT: 6/10 – A Routine Flight