Monday, December 8, 2008
There are two movies that you must see for the good feeling they put into your skeleton. One is most definitely only for adults (Slumdog) and the other can be joyfully viewed by the whole family, (Panda.) Both are excellent in the extreme.
Slumdog Millionaire is in theaters now. It tells the story of a young man from the slums of Mumbai, who achieves greatness in the name of love. It is also an incredible travel guide to India.
Kung Fu Panda is an animated film about a lazy panda realizing his destiny by embracing what he truly loves.
Both of these films are about operating from a place of love, and realizing that all that you need to succeed is probably right in front of your face. And each one uses its central premise to very elegantly reveal certain truths about the human condition.
Slumdog uses the device of having our hero win on the Indian version of "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire," but only to illustrate how a life well and richly lived can be its own reward.
Panda uses the love of Kung Fu by the hero Po to illustrate that when we stop making excuses, what we are capable of can be astounding.
Brilliant and touching films both. See them if you can.
I could not recommend either enough.