Every year it happens and every year I say it, IT IS CHRISTMAS people, not the fucking apocalypse. Get a smile on your dial and get on board because this level of awesome only happens once every year, and it can be so much fun if you just let it! It is (as the song clearly states) the most wonderful time of the year and it is also an opportunity to think about others that are less fortunate than yourself, a time to count your blessings and a time to be mindful of others. It is a time of giving, sharing and demonstrating love. It is most certainly not the time to carry on like a twat and start trouble where there is none. Peace on Earth, Good Will Toward Men? Ring any bells?
I for one am loving the season and I am determined to not let anyone's crapola spoil this terrific time for me. Sure I am looking super busy over the weeks leading up to Christmas, but most of it is delightfully good busy. Lots of dinner dates and get togethers and celebrations, and there is nothing wrong with being busy like that at all. And as far as work goes, well I am loving that too. I am spending my final days at school with my beautiful co-workers and the Grade 5/6 kids, many of whom will be permanently leaving the school like me, in a couple of short weeks time.
I am most definitely not going to spend what little time I have left with these people being sour and surly because as I said, it is NOT the end of the world, it is the exact opposite of that. Right now it is in fact time to deploy your most awesome and generous self, it is time to get your Christmas happy switched on to full alert and it is time to embrace the moment, and that is exactly what I intend to do!
Release Date: 2012
Running Time: 101 mins
A comedy-romance film, written and directed by newcomer Lorene Scafaria, and set in the middle of an apocalyptic event, which seems like a rather unlikely narrative, and it is; but don't be deterred, this film works. Not just because of it's outrageously unusual plot, but mostly because of Steve Carell and Keira Knightley who do a great job to pull it all together with great charm and wit.
An asteroid is going to make contact with earth in three weeks time, and it will be the end of the world as we know it. After his wife flees at the news of impending doom, Dodge (Carell) meets Penny (Knightley) whom has also just separated from a relationship. Desperate to get home to see her family in England, Penny joins Dodge on a trip to his hometown of Delaware in the hope that someone that he knows will be able to get her there.
This was both amusing and terribly sad at the same time, as I was watching I couldn't help but wonder, what would I do if I had just received the same news? Clearly the world has gone bonkers here, as one would expect, but there is a calm calamity to all of the goings on that made this film fun and fresh, and certainly unlike any other apocalyptic movie that I have seen.
FINAL SAY: I thought that somehow we'd save each other.
3.5 Chilli Peppers