Watched 13 Going on 30 last evening.
Mushy chick flick and I hate to admit I actually liked it. It’s yet another one of those “What if” movies Hollywood churns out.
Feel free to add to the collection.
A 13 year old girl who wants to be 30, wakes up next morning to find out she’s now 30: 13 Going on 30.
A little boy grows big: Big
You became God: Bruce Almighty
You meet Devil who gives you seven wishes: Bedazzled
Your Mom and you exchanged personalities: Freaky Friday
You have to win over the girl every single day cuz she does not remember: 50 First Dates
The same day repeats itself again and again and again: Ground Hog Day
You can read women’s minds: What Women want
You can read animals: Dr.Dolittle
You became an animal: The Animal
An attractive woman becomes a man: The Hot Chick
You can only see the inner beauty of women: Shallow Hal
You find a magic mask that can get you what you want: Mask
In most of these movies, there’s always a character who wants or does not want something to happen, and then by magic, it just happens overnight… and in some cases, they are back to their real lives as more enlightened souls.
There’s a willing suspension of disbelief from the viewer’s end, there’s no logic whatsover, pure magic. But it still works and how… My favourites are 50 First Dates, GroundHog Day and Bruce Almighty and What Women Want… all fantastic plotlines.
The ‘What if’ plotlines are a recommended exercise for those interested in writing scripts. You can start writing your film’s plot right away. Just fill in the blanks: What if man/woman/boy or girl finds out that _____________ (fill in situation there with adequate scope for boy loves girl) the next morning/moment and then learns/realises that he/she was better off before.
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But now, it’s time for Hindi films. I hope to watch Musafir tonight and can’t wait for December 17 for Swades. Meanwhile, here’s my review of Hulchul, in case you missed to read it in the papers.
And yeah, the last post is still open for discussion. Some interesting comments there. He he!