Good morning, everyone! Today’s post is shorter than usual because A) there are only a few things I want to tell you this time and B) I have to leave for work in half an hour (lucky me!), so I couldn’t write all day anyway. (SOB!)
So, without further ado, here are the thingies I’d like to discuss today.
My family went to the movie theater on Christmas day, which was kind of fun because we’d never done that before! Not sure how I feel about the actual movie, though – we saw Unbroken. If I’m honest, I think my opinion of it grows less and less charitable as time passes…
(If you don’t know what the movie’s about: It’s based on the book by Laura Hillenbrand, and tells the true story of Louis Zamperini, a WWII soldier who survived a plane crash, shark attacks, forty-seven days at sea in a raft, and multiple Japanese prisoner-of-war camps. And he was in the Olympics. He died only this summer at the age of, like, ninety-seven or something, and my reaction after finishing this book was basically, “Whoa, that’s a lot of stuff to fit into one lifetime. That’s a lot of stuff I’m surprised he managed to survive through…”)
SO. If you’re thinking about seeing Unbroken, I kind of think you’d get more out of the experience if you’ve already read the book – I can totally see how the plot could be confusing if you don’t understand it beforehand, and I think there’s a certain element that was in the book but is missing from the movie.
I mean, the book is SO focused on Louis’ thoughts, and I’ll bet that was very difficult to translate into images on a screen. The movie can’t quite get inside his head the way Hillenbrand was able to.
The other big critique I’d like to make was that the ending seemed super-rushed and a little cheesy. The beginning and middle of the film were all right, though…
Anyway, I’ve rambling long enough, so I’ll stop now and just link you to the music video for the credits song, which is AWESOME. This is Coldplay’s “Miracles.”
Actually, no, I’m not going to shut up just yet because I have one more thing to say: I love how the lyrics are so relevant to the story! A lot of religious imagery, no? I’m not religious, but it played a big role in Zamperini’s life (he said it’s what helped him to survive for so long), and I’m glad they included something that was such an important part of his life. Also, it’s just a really pretty song.
If you’re friends with me on Goodreads, you’ll know that I’ve read a lot of graphic novels this year… especially Marvel comics, which I’ve only recently gotten into! I’ve read a bunch of Captain America stuff (because my library has sooooo much and also because he’s my favorite superhero), finished the new editions of Young Avengers just last night (which was awesome!), and plan to read a bunch of Batman comics (yes, I am aware that he’s from DC not Marvel comics).
Anyway, I think I’d like to start reading (and eventually watching) some X-Men stuff because they seem like pretty cool characters. BUT I don’t know where to start… so if you love those comics, please recommend some to me! I don’t particularly care whether you recommend an origin story or something that is a little further along in the characters’ story arcs, just as long as it’s good.
THANK YOU, BLOG MINIONS/FELLOW COMICS NERDS.
Well, peoples, that’s all I have to say today. I’d love to hear your opinion of Unbroken (whether you’ve read and/or seen it) and I would realllllllllly appreciate suggestions for X-Men comics!
And if you don’t know anything about Unbroken and the X-Men, never fear! Just talk to me about other stuff! Like… how was your Christmas? (Did you get any weird/awesome presents?!) And have you read any good books lately?