Isqua Istari

The Wise Wizards

A Bunch of Short Media Reviews

Posted in Articles by Ziggy Monday July 16, 2018 at 11:14

I’ve been collecting a bunch of small fragments of ideas about various movies and books. Figured I’d put them up here.

Movies

9

Good stuff

  • set some ideas up about teamwork
  • complete setting
  • simple story

Bad stuff

  • half constructed metaphors
  • schizophrenic themes
  • So surreal one couldn’t connect
  • screaming bad guys
  • consistent repetitive omnipresent human failure
  • plot holes

The Tale of Despereaux

Good stuff

  • metaphors seemed to be really awesome and complete
  • The “death” mouse and the pit. That whole setting.

Bad stuff

  • seemed to drop metaphors and themes in mid stride
  • Near the end they jump from location to location; this seemed easy, but should have been very hard! (it was much harder earlier)

Emperors New Groove

Good stuff

  • Good moral
  • Got the serious/goofy mix just right for the genere
  • Incredibly quotable
  • Dynamic archetypical characters
  • Clear plot, convoluted into an interesting story

Bad stuff

  • Permissive/lying/stupid father figure
  • Poorly resolved moral tone?

Batman, Dark Knight

Good stuff

  • Believable and powerful villain (Joker)
  • Awesomeness

Bad stuff

  • No “good” person will kill others
  • Contrived choices, fallacy of false alternatives
  • Godless grasping for a basis of right action
  • Dumb idiot villains (Anyone but The Joker)

Megamind

Good stuff

  • Excellent dialog
  • “Clean” in action and speech, while still presenting real struggles
  • Fantastic yet believable characters

Bad stuff

  • Continuing confusion over what “evil” really means
  • Power of Eros to create Agape ex-nihilo
  • Mocking overtones

Books

Dragon Spear

Good stuff

  • uneducated main charcter (makes exposition easy)
  • Main character isn’t a jerk, but also isn’t a manly-woman

Bad stuff

  • Friendly dragons.
  • Farmer dragons.
  • Generally good dragons. Better than most people even… seriously
  • elementary style and vocabulary
  • Too much repetition

The Ballad of the White Horse

Good stuff

  • Believable “good guys” and “bad guys” who have real thoughts and self-deceits.
  • Profound insight into the timeless struggle of right behavior.
  • This:
    • For our God hath blessed creation,
    • Calling it good. I know
    • What spirit with whom you blindly band
    • Hath blessed destruction with his hand;
    • Yet by God’s death the stars shall stand
    • And the small apples grow.

Bad stuff

  • Usually too high-minded to grip the heart
  • difficult to follow but with exceptional concentration.

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