June 2018 archive

A Wrinkle in Time Movie/Book Review

Dear Readers,

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle. An amazing novel filled with joy, fantasy, longing of love, and at last finding it in some of the most unexpected ways. A Wrinkle in Time is a novel about a 12 year old girl named Meg Murry and her adventure to find her father who has be gone for four years. After years of morning her missing father, one day her 5 year old brother Charles Wallace, discovers “The Three W’s” (Mrs. What-sit, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Which). Three enchanting ladies all captivating and eclectic. Though Charles maybe be the youngest he seems to know the most about what and who these women are. The book takes Meg, Charles, and a boy named Calvin through magical planets, strange creatures, and a darkness that more then you would think know about. Will you be brave and one day become one of earth’s warriors to flight “it”? 

This book is truly I incredible, I thought when I read it with my grandparents. So when I heard Disney was making a movie, I was thrilled. The movie obviously has had an extremely talented hair, make-up, and costume team. The three W’s were brought to life by there creativity and mind blowing dedication. Sadly, I thought the book was not brought to justice. After having my expectations high and being super excited for the film, I was not satisfied.  

ALERT! There maybe a few spoilers if you haven’t seen the movie or read the book. 

Don’t get me wrong, some parts of the movie were pretty great. Chris Pine, the actor who played Meg’s father, did a fabulous job I thought. The seen were Meg (Storm Reid) and her father see each other for the first time in what seems like forever, made me smile and warmed my heart. They really made it look like they had a real father daughter connection. I also thought the movies execution was done very well. The special effects looked genuinely magical. Along the journey of traveling through time and space, the movie takes you through some very mystical greenery. The movie was mainly shot in L.A., but a few breath taking shots were taken in Southern New Zealand. Over all the visual aspects of the movie, I thought was a win. 

But the story line was so messed up. Throughout the whole movie “Nothing really happened”-as my dad said. It was like there were little scenes that were interesting by themselves but all together it was boring and important things were cut out. For example, in the book there is a chapter named “Aunt Beast”. Aunt Beast is a creature who helps Meg after she is physically frozen, ice cold. Aunt Beast plays a mothering role, and nurtures Meg, I was looking forward to seeing this scene in the movie… And it was cut out other than a quick flash back that lasted half a second. Also, in the end of the book there is sort of battle between “it” and Meg (“it’ is a manipulator so it was like a battle of mind), and the way she ends up defeating “it” is because of a gift from one of the three W’s. Here gift to here was the phrase “I love you Meg”. During the battle “it” tells Meg, “No one loves you”, but Meg knew that wasn’t true, and that is how   she won the battle. Now the thing I find unbelievable is that Meg never received that gift! But she ended up still winning the battle. I mean, yes, Meg would have already known she was loved, but in the book it was such an “ahah” moment! Why would they not include it!? 

Thank you for reading this long blog post, and hearing my rant about this movie. This is my last blog post of the school year so I thought I would go out with something useful… Do not watch the movie, but please read the book! It is truly amazing.  

Have a wonderful summer break everyone!  

P.S. I may write over the summer and hopefully next year. Or I may start a new blog! If so I will post the link to it here.





Hephaestus, GOD OF FIRE!

Hello Readers,

Yes, I am back with another Greek Mythology post. If you have read my past post you already know that I am super obsessed with Greek Mythology. In my previous post I wrote about the Goddess Athena. A powerful daughter of Zeus who has not born but emerged fully in armor out of Zeus’ forehead. If you want to check out that post then you can either go to my page “Greek Mythology” or the link if here

When I first read about the God Hephaestus, the god of fire and was a blacksmith, it talked about him being lame. I thought, hey, that’s mean. But then I realized that it meant he had a bad leg. Hephaestus was born with a disabled leg and was uglier than any of the other gods. His mother Hera thought him imperfect and through him in the sea to die. Lucky for Hephaestus he was rescued by a group of sea nymphs. But he was never welcome on Mount Olympus with the other gods.

Hephaestus then decide to take action, punish his mother, and get on Mount Olympus. Hephaestus used his amazing metal working skills to build Hera a gorgeous gold throne. What Hera and the other gods didn’t know is that the throne was cursed. When Hera sat on the throne, she wasn’t able to get up.

Once Hera was stuck the other gods begged and begged for Hephaestus to let her go. He was even offered a place on Mount Olympus. But Hephaestus refused. Dionysus the god of wine, tried to convince him and then he finally agreed. But when Hephaestus got to Mount Olympus he still wouldn’t release Hera. He would only let his mother free of the throne if he got to marry Aphrodite, goddess of love and beauty. So there you go, that how the ugliest god and most beautiful goddess ended up getting married.

Since Hephaestus was the God of metal working, I think he was overlooked because without him none if the god/goddess would have any of the weapons. So I think he in a really big part of Greek Mythology and his role his very important.

By the way I got all my information from this site here. http://www.gods-and-monsters.com/greek-god-hephaestus.html