An Ode to Rick and Morty

You may assume that Rick and Morty is just an animated show, that it’s mediocre because it’s just animated. Many people are confused and deny that the show could be that great. But then they watch it and the same people are gobsmacked by the show’s brilliance. And that brilliance is partly because of its animation, which gives the creators flexibility when portraying the world.

The show is about a 14-year old boy who goes along with the adventures of his genius but rather immoral grandfather. The duo travel through time and the galaxy, encountering various life forms and getting in the way of galactic authorities. It’s a great spin on sci-fi and for me, it’s reminiscent to The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Even then, Rick and Morty is a unique concept that won’t fail to amaze you. The new episode that recently came out had a fresh and authentic storyline, one that was so impressive that I wish I was one of its writers.

What makes it so great? Let me dive into a few of the best elements of this show. I would cover all of them but this post would go on forever.

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Rick Sanchez is the grandfather/ scientist and his personality deems him to be one of the best characters to analyse. He is horrible but you can’t just label him as a bad person. Similar to many layered characters on TV, like Don Draper and Walter White, he is his own kind of unhealthy, macho male, twisted character. And I have reasons to say so.

1) He doesn’t care about anyone but himself. Not even the planet.

2) Any selfless act he ever does is, ultimately, for his own gain.

3) Despite his obvious lack of attachment, he still helps out when it comes to putting out (metaphorical) fires.

4) The longest debate is whether he truly loves Morty and the rest of the family or if he’s using them. This is tricky especially because even when his actions are supposedly good, they always have a twisted objective.

Themes

Science plays a crucial role in the plot. We see interdimensional time travel as well as a portal gun that allows you to move between parallel universe. One of the smartest episodes tackles the rupture of time and the infinite possibilities of results that a single scenario could have. Such scenes reflect the infinite possibilities for our near future and how taking a path slightly different from another can drastically change our lives.

There is a heavy theme of creator and createe. Rick plays God by creating a world that provides to his need. The show also pointed out how humans remove every logic when it comes to faith and religion. In one episode, when humans encountered an alien head, they immediately sank to their knees to worship it, no questions asked.

The show questions the meaning of life but unlike other stories with existential crises, it embraces that void of meaning with positivity. In one episode, after revealing a secret, Morty tells Summer, “Nobody exists on purpose, nobody belongs anywhere. Everybody’s gonna die. Come watch TV.” This will forever be quoted by R&M fans because of how easily the fact is laid out.

Rick and Morty, is silly, but sometimes, the silliest things shine a light on the most obvious thoughts. The show makes you thankful that you exist in a dimension where R&M is created and you feel more aware of yourself as a person and the impact you have on other people. Like many fans say, this show is better experienced than explained so if you haven’t grabbed this sometimes hilarious, mostly thoughtful, and always relatable show, you better start now. But don’t blame me if you spend a weekday binge-watching the show.

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Visualising The Night Circus

There’s this book.

The Night Circus. It has a brilliantly subtle but mindblowing world building and diverse characters that makes you want to be part of that life.

If you haven’t read this book, here’s my review of it to rush you to the bookstore before you can say “illusions”.

If you have read The Night Circus, there is a high chance you’re like me, craving for something, anything similar in taste. And that’s what I looked for.

Last month, I searched all over and found some fantastic movies that are close to the vibe that the Circus has (note that they are nowhere near as fabulous as the Circus because what is, right?!).

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EXTREMELY SIMILAR

The Illusionist

I loved how this movie made me feel. In terms of era and setting, this movie had the same elegant, historical european aura that The Night Circus was drenched in.
Some quotes just made me swoon because the words were spun like Morgenstern would.

From the moment we enter this live we are in the flow of it. We measure it and we mock it, but we cannot defy it. We cannot even speed it up or slow it down. Or can we? Have we not each experienced the sensation that a beautiful moment seemed to pass too quickly, and wished that we could make it linger? Or felt time slow on a dull day, and wished that we could speed things up a bit?

The one thing wrong with The Illusionist was that it made it obvious that it was trying to amaze the watchers. It tried complex illusions and explained it all so openly, that the magic was slightly lost by the end.

EXTREMELY SIMILAR

The Prestige

The competition in The Prestige was what made me relate it to The Night Circus. The movie entails simple illusions and explores human emotions and actions.
In comparison to The Illusionist, The Prestige did not go over the top in trying to charm the watcher but opened its mysteries very quietly. Its raw and relatable story spun into gold and made it unforgettable.

SIMILAR TO THE IMAGERY

The Grand Budapest Hotel

This movie does not have any magic BUT the visuals were as stunning as The Night Circus described itself. If The Night Circus does get adapted into a movie, I need Wes Anderson to direct it!

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Every tiny detail- from the products and the costumes to the hotel and even the prison- was put together to perfectly fit the movie’s plot. The visual imagery gave me a peek into how beautiful the Circus would be.

SIMILAR TO THE COMPLEX MYSTERY

Now You See Me

It wasn’t as much alike but the complexity that this movie carried was oddly akin to what The Night Circus achieved. The movie as a whole though, was a complete contrast from The Night Circus. But I had to cheat because illusions illusions illusions.

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Have you watched any of these movies I suggested? What movies remind you of the vibrant Circus? Don’t you wish Morgenstern would write more lives surrounding this Circus setting?

Film Review: Vampire Academy

Adaptation of: Vampire Academy written by Richelle Mead.

Genre: Action | Comedy | Fantasy

Cast: Zoey Deutch, Lucy Fry, Danila Kozlovsky, Gabriel Byrne, Dominic Sherwood

There were a lot of things wrong with the Vampire Academy movie.

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First off, the poster was downright offensive to us book fans. I think it had more in common with the Vampires Suck movie than the original book. And really, “They Suck At School”? That just ruins it completely. It had no relation to the story.
Emotions felt: disbelief that it was being mocked.

A conservation between Lissa and Rose mentioned that Ms. Karp(the teacher who went loony) wrote Twilight fan fiction. Yeah, I couldn’t believe it either. It’s almost as if they wanted the non-readers to think it was a parody and not a proper book adaptation.
Another thing that raised Twilight flags was Christian Ozera. Lissa’s strong and broody love interest was an Edward look-alike. I don’t seem to recall his features being described as pale and Edward-like in the book.
Lissa was very Bella-ish. I think I hated her more in the movie than when I read the book. It was hilarious to watch her use compulsion though.
Emotions felt: frustration at its ridicule and slight amusement

Rose was perfect. Her sarcasm and her character was great. Props to them for trying to seem legit by using a Russian actor for Dimitri but trying was a sad attempt.
I loved the last part where Christian uses his fire magic on the psi hounds. Points for that.
Emotions felt: Great actress and that one part. The rest was mediocre.

The movie dragged and fluctuated a lot and it had nothing much to offer in terms of complimenting with the book. Those who hadn’t read the book were confused as to what Moroi, Dhampir and Strigoi were and could just laugh and be a little horrified(by all the gore).

Emotions Factor:

Lots of meh and a tiny proud moment that unfortunately got drowned in the disappointment.

Verdict:

Perfect to make fun of with friends.

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Did you watch the movie? What are your thoughts? If you haven’t, will you be? Also, anyone who hasn’t read the book?