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As you can expect as a product from Pixar, the movie appeals to the kids with colourful animations, funny characters, interesting story and immense laughters.

But the movie is really for grown-ups, not kids!  What appeals to me is the message of persistence.  On the bright side, we are all encouraged to be adventurous to aim far and high, and work persistently to go for our dreams.  As time goes, we inevitably have to face different obstacles in life.  The practical chores of everyday life such as marriage, parenting, house, jobs, aging etc eventually consume your money, youth, energy, health, time... When we reach the old age, the dilemma is whether we should hang on to our old dreams, values and memories, resisting changes in the world around us, which will eventually turn us into a stubborn, lonely and heartless monster.  Or when we realize that utopia is too far, should we let go of the heavy burden of our old dreams and memories, be content with what we have been given in life and embrace the new values currently treasured by the young generation (many of which we may not immediately agree with)?

And it tells rightly that there is no absolute right or wrong. Even the great explorer Charles Muntz was not a bad guy. He was just insisting on fulfilling his own dream - proving that he did not lie about the beast's skeleton. For me, the message is the importance of letting go.  I feel a little sad after watching it (but did not cry). Well, the reminder of letting go will help brighten up the years to come.

看的是英語3D版,整體的感覺都是繽紛可愛、生動流暢。看後不致於淚下,卻有點傷感。

小兒在觀戲後追問戲中壞人的行為是否不當,我卻說那人根本不壞,只是不顧一切過了火地追求心中的理想,與世間很多充滿毅力的研究人員同出一轍。而老人的冷漠,則源自他對一生所愛的堅持,已無暇再與現世的其他人和事發生聯繫或感情。戲中的動物欲追隨於老人,可他根本不想當誰的主人,這段戲令我想起「小王子」書中狐狸如何教小王子馴服牠而讓牠生出牽掛的情緒,即「愛」。

電影的結論可能是,所有的堅持與執着都應在適當的時候放低,唯對生命的熱愛才是最終的追求。



August 2009
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