Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

Having read reviews from places like pluggedinonline and screenit (two very valuable resources if you have no interest in being surprised by anything offensive in your movies) I knew that there would be zero foul language and no offensive scenes. They told me that the movie was based off of a video game (which never bodes well), and they told me that there would be a lot of violence. What both sites failed to tell me, however, was that this was going to be a movie that I would absolutely love.

The movie opens with an Aladdin-esque chase through the streets of Persia (they may have given a town name, but I don’t remember it). As the child who becomes the hero of the movie races through the streets eluding the king’s guards, you may feel a strange compulsion to press ‘A’ ‘circle’ ‘square’ ‘square’ ‘X’ on your game controller… only to realize that you don’t have one. However, this does not mean that the movie is not well done, it simply means that some of the action and stunts are the sort of things you would see in a video game. The further into the movie you get, the more you begin to forget that this was based on a video game, because the story draws you in and sets you on the edge of your seat hoping that everything will work out in the end.

As the story unfolds, you grow to love the main characters. Dastan: an orphan who was adopted by a king, is utterly heroic and full of life, humor, and nobility. Tamina: a princess with a sacred duty, is completely dedicated to her responsibility, capable, and still perfectly feminine without having any need to prove herself (as so many modern female characters are unfortunately written). In a fight, she’s not really much help, which makes her believable, but neither is she brainless, helpless, hopeless, or unemployed in Greenland… (to paraphrase slightly and take a bit of a tangent).

The movie is obviously the work of the same people who created Pirates of the Caribbean, and there were several places where I felt that one of the lines said about Jack Sparrow would have been appropriate for Dastan as well, “Do you think he plans it all out, or just makes it up as he goes along?” Although there is no rigging to swing from nor masts to run across while being sucked into a whirlpool – the streets and walls of  Persia are every bit as precarious and the main characters traverse them with thrillingly light-footed ease. And while Dastan is not as charismatic as Capt. Sparrow, he is every bit as likeable, every bit as compelling, and every bit as fun.

What I’m trying to say, is that if you want to see a movie that contains characters who are compelling and heroic, is good swashbuckling fun that hearkens back to past movies like Indiana Jones and Pirates of the Caribbean, and contains a well-written, fun, witty script – then I would highly recommend you go see Prince of Persia. You will not be disappointed. Also, although I believed that Jake Gyllenhall (no idea how to spell his last name) had played his “perfect” role already (October Sky), I realized watching this movie that he has been missing his calling these past 10-15 years. He was born to play this part :)

However… if you’re deathly afraid of snakes… well, there are some parts that you might want to close your eyes for. ;)

~ jenelle

Vacation Hold

I know I never posted anything new this week. I apologize. However, I don’t think many people read this… :)

I am currently working on a plan to get my books into the public library system here in Raleigh. I am also currently working on the idea of a book signing at the library. (John Flannigan, author of the Ranger’s Apprentice series just recently did a Q&A/book signing at the public library here and that got me thinking about it)

Anyway, that’s what’s in the works… we’ll see what happens!

I will be on vacation and so may or may not post a blog entry next week. Have a lovely first week of June.

~ jenelle

LOST: Alternate Ending

(I posted this on my personal blog, but figured it makes for entertaining reading, at least, to me, so I’m posting it over here too)

I’ve been reading up on various people’s responses to the Lost finale. Everything I read has made me dislike the finale even more than I did when we finished it (and that was quite a bit…) and I’ve come to the following conclusion: I’m sick of people rationalizing for the show and “apologizing” for it. I enjoyed watching the show. I liked the show. I think I may even go back and rewatch the first five seasons at some point. However, it wasn’t my favorite show in the world, and it has not rocked my world that it ended badly. Disappointed? Sure.

However, despite all that, I am moving on. In the past, when I’ve read a book that ended in a dis-satisfactory way, or watched a movie that left me feeling like, “Seriously? What?” I have had no problem with coming up with my own alternate ending and then pretending that was the way it really ended. (Always the overactive imagination… that’s me).

Thus, without further ado, this is how I would have ended LOST:

Skip the whole sixth season and it’s alternate-reality/purgatory thing… the bomb goes off, jumps our characters to their correct place in time, kills Juliet, and leaves Sawyer grief-stricken. Then, the ending would have gone something like this: We would have discovered that Jacob’s motives were pure and that immortality is quite taxing and he has held the evil that is the smoke monster (which in my ending is a demonic/alien force caged on the island due to the island’s electromagnetic uniqueness) at bay for as long as he can. He is tired and has run out of new things to try and feels that his control of the situation is slipping and he needs fresh blood and a new perspective to take his place. Jin and Sun would make it back to the mainland and live happily ever after with their daughter. Claire was actually dead and Kate would have to return to the mainland to be with Aaron. Jack and Locke would have a much cooler, far more impressive show-down, (along with a “real” storm) in which they both ended up dying. Sawyer becomes the island’s new protector (because, really, what else does he have to do? And besides, he’s been my favorite character since episode 1) and spends his days jumping the island through time (because the protector can do that) in order to keep Ben from getting loose on the world ever again because Ben becomes the new force of evil on the island (because there always has to be a balance and you can’t destroy evil, you can weaken it, you can cage it, but you can’t destroy the balance). And Hurley… well, Hurley goes home in peace because the island doesn’t need him anymore and he gets to live out his life as the lucky guy to whom nothing bad ever happens – and is never plagued by ghost numbers ever again. In the final scene, we would see Ben and Sawyer sitting on the beach while a group of strange aliens build a four toed statue in the background and Ben turns to Sawyer (his eyes gleaming red) and says, “Do you have any idea how much I want to kill you?” And Sawyer just smiles and shakes his head and goes back to reading his book (some classic… maybe A Tale of Two Cities)… because he’s cool like that.

The end.

~ jenelle