On A World On My Own


I watched UP for the second time yesterday.

This is not an UP review. I just love Pixar so much that I found it difficult to not be subjective when it comes to reviewing their movies. Since I’m not reviewing it here, I just want to share my terrible experience at the movie theater.

When I saw UP at the first time, it was a midnight preview. I found the audience were awesome. They were mostly adults, – because it was midnight – they were behaving during the movie, and the most important thing is, they were appreciative.

See, I just love watching movie very much. It is something that you should savor, that you should take seriously. To watch a movie is to watch the form of art. Sometimes I think that maybe I’m just exaggerating, maybe I’m just a nerd or a geek. (Well, some people think that to be a geek is so much cooler than to be a nerd, they also said that there are a big differences. Not that I cared of) But the point is, it just distracting so much when people talking in the movies, or when they answer that damn telephone, (I think it’s okay if you just whispered when you were answering the telephone, though) or simply when they text-ing or sms-ing through the movie. I mean, your phone has a backlight and it just annoying when it flashing in front on my eyes and I want to focus on what happened in the movie and not on your cellphone or blackberry!!!

Okay, so when I watched UP for the second time, there was this middle aged man talking through the movie on his phone. And to make it more perfect, he was talked through the most beautiful scene on the movie. I don’t want to give a spoiler here, but it just the most touching moment in the movie ever. Pete Docter – the director of UP – made it more perfect with adding only piano as its music background, which is also thanks to Michael Giacchino for the great pieces of score.

So this man were keep talking during this great scene, and since this scene are almost soundless expect for the piano track, his voice came loud and clear. I was take a peek on him, and yes he was clearly an adult accompanied by his wife – I think – and his whole family. I do think that his wife should shut him up or something if he just cannot behave. I mean, he is an adult for God’s sake! Didn’t he know that it would ruin other people’s mood? Or maybe he just didn’t care?

It was only the first one. The second one is actually less important and it might be my problem rather then their problem. See, I have this sensitivity when it comes to people not appreciate something or appreciate something but not in the place where I think that it should be appreciate. You might find me as a weirdo or an egoistical person, it’s okay because I sometimes do think that as well. So, during any movie I used to explored the audiences senses of humor. It annoys me when I watched a movie which jokes are not funny, insulting, immature, stupid, or anything, and have an audiences laugh out loud. I know that it just a matter of taste, and I’m not implying that I have a better, more sophisticated sense of humor than anybody else. I just want to say that it annoys me so bad, sitting in the movie full of people who laughed at the very wrong part.

Despite of that, I really love it when the audiences is having the similar sense of humor like I do, which I found it perfectly when I watched UP for the first time. Meanwhile, the second viewing were just getting uncomfortable when there are some hilariously funny jokes and it turned up that I’m the only one – well, there are some others – who laughed out loud.

Yesterday was just a disappointment. I used to think that maybe I just asked too much. I mean, I know for some people that a movie is just a movie. It is something that you shouldn’t over-analyzed, it’s not something that you have to love, it’s just an entertainment, it’s not a big deal. Well, it is for me. It is a form of art, and it means that it contains its beauty, it contains hard work, it’s valuable (and I’m not talking only about the money it gonna make).

But I think this is the time that I should accept the fact that some people are watching movies not because they want to analyze it, or listening to the soundtracks like they were listening to the most beautiful classic pieces ever written, and watching with a giddy excitement while they’re processed the script and screenplay, and later they appreciate it on their head.

I should accept the fact that there are people who go and pay to the movies without knowing who the director is (in fact, there are some people who exclaimed their favorite movies without knowing who directed it!), or simply go to the movies because they love the actors and the actresses. I don’t think that it’s wrong. Maybe it just a common thing out there, and it’s just me who live in my own world, asking too much.



I love movies. I always look up at a movie and appreciate it as another form of art. Movies are something that should be treat seriously. Yes, indeed, people are not making movies for art’s sake only. They’re making it for money too – not only for money, but we have to face the fact; without money, they won’t be any movie – but the fact that there are so many excellent movie out there makes me believe that we could make a good movie as well.

This thought lead me to another thought. Like I said before on my previous posts, I love wayang and stories related to them. For me, Mahabarata and Ramayana are two of the best epic stories ever told. I also a big fan of Bible and Koran stories, but if I have to choose one of the best between four of them, I would like to say Mahabarata.

Like we all know, there are several movies that pick their story based on Bible or Koran. Movie like The Ten Commandments, The Prince of Egypt (1998), or The Messenger. But I couldn’t recall any movie which the story based on Mahabarata or Ramayana. Yes, we used to watch Mahabarata TV series when we’re a kid, but I’m not talking about TV series here. I’m talking about a big, colossal, movie. I’m talking about The Lord of The Rings (LOTR) proportions. LOTR is – in my opinion – a movie that successfully brought the original book’s soul into the silver screen.

Kurusetra Field
Kurusetra Field

It might be a little different if we compare LOTR and Mahabarata. Both of them have a complex characters, an overlapped stories, and the most important is, both of them has their own dimension. Yet, while LOTR has it’s simplicity when it comes to their mythology, Mahabarata is a very bold and deep epic. I don’t say that LOTR is simple as in cheesy, it is simple as in easier to understand and it sorta has the black and white area rather than a gray one.

What I’m trying to say here, if Peter Jackson manage to direct LOTR, someone should try Mahabarata. I know that it would be a very difficult thing to do. In fact, it would be harder than LOTR, because Mahabarata has a lot of characters, important events (almost all events in Mahabarata are important), important lines, etc. For what its worth, it would also be one of the most spectacular movie ever made (if they do it right, of course).

Every element in Mahabarata fell into an epic proportion. Even the story itself is epic. From the Hastinapura kingdom, the Castles, the Kurusetra field, the characters. It would be amazing to watch Baratayudha (the final war between Pandawa and Kurawa) in a silver screen, with a perfect sound design and sound editing. I just can imagine the image of arrows, fire, horses, the heroes and villains.

All we need right now is the perfect director (there are a lot of  them, but we hadn’t given them a chance to prove it), and a bunch of money. I would say $250 million would be enough. FYI, Wall-E (2008) costs $250 million. Oh, and we need a good and a nice producer to make it all happen.