Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Cloudy with a chance of meatballs

Cloudy with a chance of meatballs is a film about a mad scientist who has to prove himself that he is capable of joining the ranks of the great inventors.

Digital animations are more capable of dwelling in the world of fantasy and imagination and exploring the world of the "what-ifs". It exposes the world of hidden desires. Nice script!

All actions lead to consequences. The question is are we ready to face them? We should be responsible enough to see where our decisions lead us. Perhaps we can discern more rather than jumping before we realize that we have judged wrongly.

Rating: 4/5

Planet 51

Planet 51 is a story of an resident of a planet who encounters a human alien and he has to save him from opening the human's brains out.

In this age of digital animation, the challenge is to create a life-like scenario without actually resembling the real world. The characters move smoothly and the scenes are downright colorful; superb script too though it tends to idealize the American psyche before the world; thus, it clings on to classic Hollywood format.

Who is the human and who is the alien? This is an ageless question in the mind of the American who is forever defining who the real "Americans" are in contrast with the "aliens", foreigners, or Non-Americans. It hasn't transcended skins and cultural barriers on what it means to be truly "human". This is the weakness of the film. Thus, whatever values the film embraces would hold true for a chosen few and not for the majority of humankind. When will we transcend from these barriers and embrace the world of unity? Whatever applies to others should apply first to ourselves.

Rating: 3/5