Winter’s Tale (Book + Movie review)

The book was probably the most amazing thing I’ve ever read or ever will read. I found that Winter’s Tale is a book not trying to tell a story, but instead convey a message; The world is completely predictable as it is absolutely unpredictable. I know that’s not the only message in there, but it’s the one I like the most.
This was the most complex book that I have ever read and I know that no other book will compare to it.
If I were to describe this book in a few simple words I would describe it like this: Cloud Atlas and John Dies at the End had a baby, but then Cloud Atlas got a divorce and remarried to A Hundred Years of Solitude.
While the story it self seems simple;
“New York City is subsumed in arctic winds, dark nights, and white lights, its life unfolds, for it is an extraordinary hive of the imagination, the greatest house ever built, and nothing exists that can check its vitality. One night in winter, Peter Lake, orphan and master-mechanic, attempts to rob a fortress-like mansion on the Upper West Side. Though he thinks the house is empty, the daughter of the house is home. Thus begins the love between Peter Lake, a middle-aged Irish burglar, and Beverly Penn, a young girl, who is dying. Peter Lake, a simple, uneducated man, because of a love that, at first he does not fully understand, is driven to stop time and bring back the dead. His great struggle, in a city ever alight with its own energy and besieged by unprecedented winters, is one of the most beautiful and extraordinary stories of American literature.”
That summary literally only covers two-hundred pages of the novel out of around 800.

The Table of Contents

The Table of Contents

Peter Lake and Beverly are only together in three Chapters, they meet in “A Goddess in the Bath” and then they’re together in “Lake of Coheeries,” but in “Aceldama” they both die (sort of).

The rest of the chapters are about the different characters, Virginia Gamely, Hardesty Marratta, Asbury, Christiana, Harry Penn, Craig Binky, the Ermine Mayor, Cecil Mature, Praeger. This book is filled to the brim with different stories and lives that to say it’s about Peter Lake and Beverly would be completely and utterly wrong. There’s so much more than a simple love story here- there’s a mayor election, a bridge being built, a great fire. All of these are crucial bits that make up the overall tale.
While the book can be confusing and very very round about it eventually gets to its point and what a stunning point it is.
I had my sister read one chapter, “Nothing is Random” and she said it was the most beautiful thing she’d ever read.
I rate the book 5/5, this is a book everyone needs to read once in their life time.

The movie, though, is a completely different story and I mean that literally. As I was predicting they took all of the characters out and rewrote the story so nothing but its bones were left.
Even though it was a good movie I was sorely disappointed by it. They changed everything about it, even the small simple things that were vitally important in the book.
The first thing that they changed that really pissed me off (it was really the only thing) was that they said that the stars were people who had died. When Beverly narrated that on the screen I nearly threw a hissy fit and that was in the first two minutes. They kept a lot of other things that made me happy, though, Peter running from the Short Tails, his meeting with Isaac Penn… and that’s about all they kept the same.
The angels and demon fight, didn’t bode over well with me. In the book it’s hinted that Athansor and Jackson Mead are angels, as is Cecil and MootFowl, but in the book the magic is very subtle and not mentioned by anyone. I liked that Athansor had wings, but again it’s suppose to be subtle not displayed like they’re all in a giant circus.
In the movie, however, they did make a few passes at things that happened in the book. Peter mentions that he used to live with two girls when he was little and would sing and dance for money and it was really small things like that that made me happy.
The movie was a great movie, but it wasn’t the book and if that’s what the book fans want they are going to be a little more than frustrated.
I rate the movie 3/5
My advice for anyone and everyone is to watch the movie first and then read the book. You’ll get a basic introduction into the story and won’t be disappointed like I was if you read the book first.

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White House Down (2013)

This movie is pretty awesome, Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx together make a good combination.

The beginning was kind of boring, there was mainly just a bunch of political talks going around while the stage was set for the terrorist takeover of the white house. However, once bodies started dropping and bullets went flying I became more engrossed. My only issue was in the beginning when the terrorist started making their rounds and were killing all of the security personal I kept think “Where are all the security cameras?” because these terrorists were just waltzing around the white house and apparently there wasn’t a single person watching the video feeds to warn the security officers that were being shot at, it thoroughly annoyed me.
After a few explosions, though, I got over it and just started enjoying Channing Tatum’s physique.
In the movie, his daughter, Emily, is a really good actor. There wasn’t a single moment when I gave a doubt to her performance. She’s got constant tears running down her face, guns pointed at her head, and a very defiant attitude. Her scene with the flag though was a bit failed.

Overall this movie was exactly what it made out to be, an action flick with a few heartfelt moments and a lot people getting killed. This movie is definitely not for little kids, there were so many people just blatantly getting killed, shot, and exploded, it was almost funny, but it really wasn’t. Every single bad guy gets killed one way or another except the mastermind who got arrested, this irked me, one because I liked the hacker dude and didn’t understand how he died, and two at least one guy should have gotten the money, which was literally only mentioned a few times.
The reasoning behind the attack didn’t actually make much sense and felt a little stretched, two old guys with pagers decide to nuke some foreign countries, Why? because they didn’t like those countries, that is a serious case of xenophobia.
What I found kind of strange out of this whole movie was that I got more laughs from the tour guide than I did from Jamie Foxx and Tatum combined, I don’t think that’s right, the main characters of the movie should be able to keep my attention, but they really didn’t. There were a bunch of side stories going on, Emily’s, Walker’s, the terrorist’s, Carol’s, and Jenna’s, this story went off in a bunch of different directions till almost all these people died.

In the end I have to say that the movie was pretty good, I got a few laughs, saw some explosions, and learned a bit about the white house. I rate it 7/10, something interesting to watch at night with a bag of popcorn and ice cream.

The World’s End (2013)

20 years after attempting an epic pub crawl, five childhood friends reunite when one of them becomes hell bent on trying the drinking marathon again. They are convinced to stage an encore by mate Gary King, a 40-year old man trapped at the cigarette end of his teens, who drags his reluctant pals to their home town and once again attempts to reach the fabled pub, The World’s End. As they attempt to reconcile the past and present, they realize the real struggle is for the future, not just theirs but humankind’s.

This film was okay, I got a few laughs out of it and there were some unexpected plot twists that had me intrigued, but honestly, the best parts are what they put into the trailer. These are all fantastic actors and I love every moment with them, but this movie was just…. It’s like the ending was perfectly fitting, but you wish it was different anyway, I do at least. They knocked out all the clichés, guy didn’t get the girl, the world didn’t technically get saved, and the pub crawl never got completed, as much as I hate clichés they’re kind of what make a movie actually likeable. The World’s End is just one of those films where you watch it once and look back it with a certain fondness, but you never watch it again.
If anyone felt differently please comment and tell me what you thought.

The Lone Ranger (2013)

I just finally got around to watching this and I have to say best movie of this year so far. Every scene was filled with wit and humor, and I loved the relationship between Johnny Depp(Tonto) and Armie Hammer(John Reid).
The movie starts out with a boy at a fair who meets an elderly Tonto. In a series of flash backs Tonto tells the boy of the adventures he had with the Lone Ranger.
In the beginning John Reid seems to be a pacifist of sorts who believes in justice and the law and who also decides to never use a gun. But as the story moves forward we learn that even though John doesn’t like to fight or carry a gun he’s still a good shot. With Tonto there every step of the way to guide John and ridicule him they make an excellent team with a lot of back and forth banter.
The story plot was fun to follow, although a bit obvious, it was still exciting all the same. As Tonto and John follow the trail of Butch Cavendish, a cannibal outlaw who Tonto calls a wendigo, and is also the man who killed John’s brother, they learn of greater threat. Latham Cole, a man who plans to buy the Railroad company, has Butch stage Comanche attacks so that he can freely build tracks through their territory without a treaty to stand in their way. The Lone Ranger, though, is there to stop this injustice from happening.
Everything moved quickly and I loved every single character, including Red and her ivory leg that everyone wants to touch 🙂

This is the End (2013)

I just watched the movie “This is the End” and I have to say it is super hilarious. I’m going to summarize some of it so if you haven’t seen it and you don’t want me to ruin it for you I’d suggest that you don’t read this.

The movie starts of with Jay Baruchel coming off a plane to see Seth Rogen, they go back to Seth’s place and basically just smoke weed and play video games for the entire day, but then Seth convinces Jay to go to James Franco’s house warming party despite his convictions. I loved the interactions between these celebrities I just thought it was so funny that they were literally just all hanging out together and basically just best buds with everyone else. And then Craig Robinson calls Jay a hipster and everything just goes downhill from there.
Jay and Seth walk to convenient store down the street to get some cigarettes and that’s when the beams of light start going on and that black chick gets squashed by a piece of ceiling. I was laughing so hard as they were running back to Franco’s house because everyone was just dying on the way there. When they get there all the celebrities are on drugs and haven’t realized what’s going on outside and they don’t believe what Jay said about the beams of light and Seth doesn’t back him up on it either. Then a giant earthquake shakes the house and everyone goes running outside to see what’s happened and that’s when the giant pit opens up and all of those celebs start falling in.
After fortifying the house and doing inventory on their food they all end up sleeping together in Jay’s little sleeping area, and Jonah’s a little B*tch and squashes himself between Seth and Jay while asking what the direction they should be sleeping in because obviously none of them wanted to sleep face to face and they finally all just fall asleep laying on their backs.
The next morning is when Danny McBride pops in because he had apparently crashed the party and passed out in the bath tub and completely missed everything. Making half of their food supplies for breakfast the rest wake up to find him sitting at the table and they all have a meltdown about the food and that’s when this random guy pops his head through a whole in the door begging to be let inside, Danny thinking it’s all a joke makes fun of the guy while the others try to decide on whether or not to actually let him in. Before they get the chance to decide something rips the guy in half and his head roles inside. Danny realizing that this is actually real starts to freak out with the rest of the guys because there’s now a bleeding head in the foyer.

I’m going to stop my summary there because this movie is an hour half long and summarizing the whole thing would take forever and I’m only at the 30 minute mark. If you’ve loved what I’ve written so far than go and see the movie, you won’t regret it unless you’re really religious and find this movie sacrilegious. I was laughing the whole way through to the very end, it’s very fast paced filled with a lot of bad jokes and funny moments. Even though the ending wasn’t quite what I was expecting I loved it all the same.