Archives for the month of: January, 2013

Prom (Movie) 2011

I simply had to put the fact that this Disney movie came out in 2011, not in the 90s or 80s even as the lighting and cinematography with the nostalgic feel would suggest and this is to Prom‘s credit. The remarkable lack of technology (mobile phones, iPods, laptops) featured in the movie is reminiscent of the good old days of storytelling which focuses on the characters and the simple coming-of-age storyline.

I applaud Disney for choosing to come out with a good old-fashioned feel-good teen romance. In an age where we cannot help but check for the presence of Wi-Fi connection and update our Facebook page, or check our mobile phones for SMS messages, it is indeed refreshing to see a modern movie which can do without the trappings of technology and the fast-paced world where teens are portrayed (and are) fully made-up all the time and as vain as can be.

There is a charming unassuming attitude with the wardrobe and make-up of Prom which contributes to the lack of artificiality and theatrics which seem to be very common with teen/tween chick flicks of the recent decade.

I read critics rate the movie as average or less, and I suspect that it might be because of the straightforward and uncomplicated storyline. I disagree. I feel inundated by the complex and convoluted story lines of the present and welcome this refreshing and rustic tale–it’s a good ol’ feel good movie which if it was shown in the 80s would be considered one of the classic tween favourites.

Sometimes, a movie doesn’t have to be that intricate to work. Boy meets girl. They fall in love. In this crazy, increasingly stressful world, sometimes, when relayed in an effective manner, the coming-of-age boy meets girl story is enough. And, this is the case with Prom.

(c) Niconica 2013

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So the world did not end this 2012 and I suspect the people who have been looking forward to this event or otherwise making a big deal out of it might be disappointed, and should feel a little bit chastised for getting carried away by mass hysteria caused by misinterpretation or over-extrapolation of the Mayan Prophecies.

Since this event has not occurred, it behooves us not to merely breathe a sigh of relief (or disappointment) and move on with our lives but to actually think about what we can do to make our existence here more meaningful and not merely passing time and marking the days of our calendar, eating, sleeping, and getting older.

The world did not end, but it does not mean that everything is all peaches and cream now that the ‘worst’ has not happened. There are a lot of negative things present in the world which we can do something about and it might be more productive to view the world with fresh eyes and ask ourselves what we can do to make our existence count–charity work perhaps or organising a fundraiser?

The world not ending does not give us the go signal to further indulge in our own desires and our selfish wants and needs, as the wave of relief washes over us that we still have more time here. It simply means that we have given a chance to make a difference, look at society and our fellow human beings with fresh eyes, and think about what we can do to make each day truly count–not for ourselves, but for the world at large.

(c) Niconica 2013