A Dirty Dancing Disappointment

Hi guys,

A few weeks ago the 2017 re-imagining version of the absolute classic Dirty Dancing aired on ABC…  Logic dictates that because of the wonderful cast that was cast in this adaption that it would be some sort of good, however, this was not the case at all. This version is a flop and just left me with a whole lot of questions beginning with WHY???

Question 1: Why did someone feel the need to remake this classic? It is a classic FOR A REASON. Not every movie becomes iconic and when one does, that should be a sign that it should stay exactly the way that it was intended to be. Dirty Dancing (1987) is an absolute treat of a film, it seriously did not need a revamp.

Question 2: Why did the creators of the new film feel a need to change parts of the original? Well, maybe they didn’t want it to be exactly the same? Well, in that case, they should have written a NEW STORY. A story that was not Dirty Dancing perhaps? Maybe something leading on from the original but changing fundamental parts of the original to fit into a 2017/ still in the same time frame just did not work. This leads us back to question number 1- WHY REMAKE A CLASSIC?

Question number 3: And this was probably the biggest issue I had with the film- Why remix the beautiful music that made the classic so iconic? The moment I heard “She’s like the wind” set to a kind of hip hop beat I wanted to cry! Music can make or break something and this case it only helped break this film even further.

Question number 4: Why cast two people who have no chemistry on film, as one of the most romantic movie couples of all time? Abigail Breslin (Baby) and Colt Prattes (Johhny) had no chemistry on screen WHATSOEVER! They sent no shivers down my spine and there was no spark. No amount of editing could have created a spark that just did not exists.

Question number 5: Why change the ending? When I read about this major change in the film, I thought that maybe it would help establish a different type of Dirty Dancing. Maybe it would bring closure to fans of the film and give us some sort of view into the future of such loved characters. But to no avail. The ending of the new film is somewhere between a bad flashforward or a bad flashback, I am not sure as to which suits the part better. It was just weird…

The part that bothers me is, are people who have never seen the classic going to think that this film is what Dirty Dancing really is? Because if so then they would be missing the magic that the original brought to the screen all those years ago. I just hope this version does not turn people off the original one.

The acting was stiff and the creative direction was just in the completely wrong direction. Even small things like editing the lip syncing audio in sync with the visual picture were off. It was just a really bad situation. But I guess there is always the next time and one should always try again… Just please do not try and experiment with such a classic. Let’s leave iconic musicals to be enjoyed as iconic musicals. Please and Thank you!

*Lights out*

Natalia

xxx

 

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The 2017 Oscars

 

Hi guys,

Ok so if you have been living under a rock, this past weekend was the 89th Academy awards. The Oscars are my favourite awards show of the season because it celebrates the best of the best in film. The celebrities are fantastic, the presenters look beautiful and the host needs to keep the audience awake for almost 4 hours!

There is so much to write about! But I will try to narrow it down to my favourite moments from the show…

This year, the show was hosted by Jimmy Kimmel. The nominees included greats like Meryl Streep, Natalie Portman and Denzel Washington. There were some awesome movies nominated too! Hidden Figures, LA LA land and Hackshaw Ridge were amongst the 9 movies nominated for best picture…. (yes I know the mixup of the century, I’ll get there later on) There were beautiful musical performances for best song. These included Lin-Manual Miranda for How far I’ll go from Moana. Two original songs from La la land performed by John Legend and Can’t stop the feeling from Trolls. The show actually started off with Justin Timberlake performing this song and it set the tone for a fun, celebratory show.

One of the most anticipated awards of the evening was the best-supporting actress… this category was tough! Nicole Kidman, Naomi Harris, Michelle Williams and Octavia Spencer were all nominated alongside Viola Davis. Viola won making her the first black woman to win an oscar, an Emmy and a Tony for acting. Her speech was brilliant. You could feel she was really proud to have won and I am really happy she did because she is wonderful at what she does. In her speech, she said something so profound and I would like to share it with you;

“People ask me all the time, what kind of stories do you want to tell, Viola? And I say, exhume those bodies. Exhume those stories. The stories of the people who dreamed big and never saw those dreams to fruition. People who fell in love and lost. I became an artistand thank God I did—because we are the only profession that celebrates what it means to live a life”

I thought she expressed herself so well! And she was so correct artists are the ones who get to tell the stories that the world may have forgotten and it is a gift and a privilege…

The next part that really impressed me was the performance for the best original song for the film Moana. Lin-Manual Miranda (who is a brilliant man by the way) gave a lovely rap introduction to Auli’i Cravalho, the young woman who voices Moana in the film. She was wonderful! Seeing this song performed live made me like the song so much more than before.

A very sweet moment in the show was when Kimmel organised for sweets and treats to come down from the ceiling in little parachutes. There were kids in the audience since many of the films this year included kids in the cast and I feel that this little element helped them just as much as it helped the adults stay in tune with the show. The ceremony can sometimes be very drawn out and this was a nice break in between.

Kimmel also did a hilarious stunt. He invited a tour bus of tourists to the Dolby theatre and led them to believe they were coming to an exhibition of Oscar gowns. The whole tour bus walked into the theatre and once they realised what was happening were completely shocked. They got to shake hands with the front row and it was hilarious to watch how all the people reacted to the prank. Sadly, however, this was the end of Kimmel’s good moments for me since I felt he turned the rest of his hosting moments to a roast of Matt Damon. I didn’t get the humour of picking on Matt. Maybe I just missed that bit?

There were many great nostalgic moments too. Presenters like Charlize Theron, Seth Rogan and Javier Bardem got the opportunity to present with their role models. They each did a skit that explained their favourite movie memory and then appeared on stage with that person. The in the memorial was also done beautifully. Sarah Berellis did a beautiful tribute for that bit.

Next wonderful winner… Miss Emma Stone- she was up against MERYL! Can we just take a moment to let that sink in? She also delivered a very humble, well-said speech;

“I realize that a moment like this is a huge confluence of luck and opportunity, and so I want to thank Damien Chazelle for the opportunity to be part of a project that was so special and once in a lifetime. I’m so grateful to have been involved in this film and thank you for your faith and your patience and such a wonderful experience.”

Ok, this brings us to the mixup that will last a century… When it was time to announce the best picture AKA the biggest award of the evening. The presenters announced that La La land won. The whole cast and crew ran up onto stage and excidely started thanking everyone involved, mom, dad and G-D for this amazing oppotunity. They couldn’t have done it without the hard work of the entire cast and crew… a dream come true. HOWEVER, backstage hands started looking around for the enevelope becasue the envelope that was given to the presenters was in fact the envelope for best actress NOT best picture. PROBELEM! The producer of LA LA land then graciously announced that there had been a mistake and that Moonlight had actually won the award. This was an unfortunate mistake however I feel that all involved handled it well. I mean what were they meant to do storm off stage and have a temper tantrum? La La land still did exceptionally well at the awards and came home with 6 out of the 14 nominations.

Overall, I think it was a great show. I enjoyed it a lot more than last year’s ceremony and I think there was some wonderful talent celebrated! So with that being said, I would like to thank the academy for all their hard work and for bringing us the biggest awards ceremony of the year! Till next year :p

(p.s if you want to watch all these wonderful moments, have a look on the official Oscars website)

*lights out*

Natalia

xxx