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    Doctor Strange: When I Get Ultra Marvelized

    *SPOILER ALERT*

    (sebenernya ga spoiler-spoiler amat koq :P)

    Jadi gue mau ngasih sedikit review (sok sok-an banget) seputar box officenya Marvel yang baru aja release: DOCTOR STRANGE!!!

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    (pengennya masukin caption malam mingguan tapi..ah sudahlah :’)

    I’ve been a fan of MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) tepatnya setahun yang lalu, saat Avengers 2 baru aja release dan gue ‘dipaksa’ buat nonton gara-gara temen sekantor ga ada temen nonton hehe. Truthfully, gue gak suka film-film superheroes, pasti plotnya template banget: ada kejahatan –> si superhero somehow punya keunikan dan kekuatan yang membuat dia ‘berbeda’ dari lingkungannya –> merasa harus menggunakan kekuatannya untuk kebaikan –> menumpas kejahatan –> superhero menang dan si jahat kalah. Gitu aja terus berulang-ulang dibikin drama biar rada wow.

    Tetapi lagi-lagi gara-gara terpaksa, akhirnya gue pun nonton dan…… voila! gue jadi buka mata banget. Menurut gue, Marvel offers more than just an ordinary superheroes stories. Perhaps the thing that intrigued me the most dan bikin semua film MCU itu nagih ada di karakterisasinya yang kuat. Dari jaman Spiderman, ke Iron Man, ke Captain America, Thor, Ant-Man, sampai akhirnya…Doctor Strange (X-Men juga included!). Semua tokoh-tokoh superhero itu punya masa lalu dan bentukan kepribadian yang genuine dan strong (bahkan yang gak pernah di-single-film-kan seperti Black Widow, Hawkeye, dan mbak-mbak cantik dan mas-mas ganteng lainnya yang ada di X-Men). Marvel selalu mencitrakan kalau pahlawan juga manusia, punya sisi gelap dan sisi terang. Akhirnya walaupun realitas superhero terkesan melangit, tetapi pesan dari tiap filmnya selalu membumi: mau berbuat kebaikan dan menumpas kejahatan kayak gimana juga, kita harus punya kekuatan dan harus punya teman 🙂

    Saat akan menonton Doctor Strange, sebenarnya gue punya ekspektasi yang agak rendah terhadap film ini. Gue sempet baca sedikit tentang cerita komiknya dan gak ngerasa wow karena si Doctor Strange dikisahkan seorang dokter yang punya kekuatan memisahkan roh dari jasad which is konsepnya asbsurd dan metafisik banget. Beda dari kisah superhero-superhero lain yang berantem fisik. Lah ini kisahnya tentang dukun?

    Tapi lagi-lagi Marvel bikin saya bener-bener jatuh cinta sama konsep sinematiknya. Terlepas dari template cerita Doctor Strange yang sama aja dengan superhero lain (I mean, what do you expect from a superhero movie?!) Marvel berhasil meng-entertain konsep absurditas dan metafisik itu menjadi sangat live, dinamis, dan down to earth banget even dengan konsep manipulasi realitas yang rumit ala-ala Inception. Tapi ceritanya bener-bener easy to follow dan sangat sangat entertain sekali!

    Apalagi dengan peran mantan pacar Bennedict Cumberbatch yang AAAAAKKakkkgilagilaasdfghkjl372@#$#@$%#@!%$@!!!! kuat banget citranya sebagai the brainy sociopath, saat itu juga kita pasti langsung kangen banget sama SHERLOCK! Yap, disini Cumberbatch bener-bener Sherlock banget! Inner ego-nya, geniusnya, ah emang gak salah sih Scott Derrickson rekrut doi buat jadi Doctor Strange :’)

    Kalau tentang villain-nya sih menurut gue Be-ajah, alias nothing really special except di beberapa kejutan di akhir filmnya, as Marvel always does. (NOTE: Please jangan beranjak dari kursi sampai kredit film bener-bener habis. Sampai yang tulisan putih layar item itu abis semua. Sampai habis yaaaa..beneran. Sampai habis loh!!! #ngancem).

    Kalau tentang pertarunganya, lagi-lagi Marvel harus bersyukur banget punya seorang Kevin Feige sang maestro sinematografi film-film Superhero. He will never disappoint you! Asli keren banget efek sinematografinya dari mulai visual, suara, dan shocking effectnya. Kita gak bakalan dibikin pusing, tapi malah dibikin excited dan banyak banget WOW momentnya. Kalau punya rezeki lebih (atau ada yang mau bayarin 😛 #KodeinAja) mendingan nonton versi 3D atau IMAX nya aja, gak bakalan nyesel beneran!

    Overall, buat film Doctor Strange gue rela ngasih 8.5/10 deh! Ini rating yang gue kasih juga buat Captain America: Civil War (bahkan even better dari Civil War karena mereka berantemnya banyakan :P). Pokoknya buat moviegoers, yang suka atau gak suka sama film superheroes, menurut saya sih gak rugi buat nonton Doctor Strange. Jangan-jangan dari sini lo bakalan jadi Marvel lovers kayak gue hehehe.

    Nah, bonus infonya: katanya nih katanya, gosipnya (atau faktanya?) si Doctor Strange beserta geng Chris Pratt dari The Guardian of the Galaxy bakalan nongkrong semua di Avengers 3: Infinity War.

    Asli, GAK SABAR!!!

    Feature image: Time Magazine.

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    The Forgotten

    So lately, I’ve been thinking – and has not yet find the answer – of why we tend to take things for granted. Health, time, money, friendship, loyalty, trust, love. Something we have, something we get, something we forgot. We forgot that upon those blessings, there are greater responsibility lies behind.

    I wasn’t talking about you.

    I wasn’t talking about me.

    I am talking about us.

    Everyone did that. Intentionally, or unintentionally. Or consciously.  Or probably not. We forgot that every morning we wake up, it is the first and greatest blessings we receive. The health. The chance to make today better than yesterday. The chance to do something greater for our dreams. The chance to make up today for a pitiful yesterday.

    We forgot about time. It never move backwards, it always and always leaves us behind. Every second that we spent is every seconds we never get back. We forgot that it is not only us, it is everybody’s. The time is not mine, it is also yours. It is not only me who has a dream to be pursued, it also you who has a mountain to be reached. So why are we keep breaking promises? Or pretend that we don’t know if you might also have greater to pursue? Or pretend that we didn’t understand that we have stolen someone’s time upon our own selfishness.

    Friendship, loyalty, trust. It is so easy to get but once it broken, you will never get it back. Once we hurt somebody, we may be forgiven. But the scar last forever. Memories are not able to demolished. We forgot that we, too, are prone to heartbreak.

    Love.

    The power of love can survive the greatest battle. Love is gained with responsibility. We forgot that once the responsibility is forgotten, the power will lost. And sure, it hurts.

    So, why we forget?

    Or, do we forget?

    Or…this is just the Forgotten..?

    Feature image: Vanessa Serpas. Unsplash.

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    In the Light of Sorrow

    Finally, I got a chance to write again.

    Well, to be completely honest, the chance always there. It’s just me being lazy too busy during the day and night. Many things happen after 2 years and I got to experienced wonderful, wonderful lessons in my post fresh-graduate year. Until a good friend of mine reminded me that it would be a waste of potential to keep the lessons to myself. There might be someone out there, who might see that our experiences may prevent him/her to decide what he/she is going to do with his/her life. It may say otherwise, though. There could be, someone, out there, looking for the opportunity I have. Wishing to have experiences like I had…who might see that our stories is somewhat moving to them. Something that give a sense of inspiration to do the same, or even better for their life.

    In this case, I am partially disagree with her. This dialogues below pretty much sums up my thoughts:

    No Reservation Movie

    “No Reservation” (2007)

    “Kate: I wish there was a cookbook for life, you know? Recipes telling us exactly what to do. I know, I know, you’re gonna say “How else will you learn, Kate.”

    Therapist: mm. No, actually I wasn’t going to say that. You want to guess again?

    Kate: No, no, go ahead.

    Therapist: Well what I was going to say was, you know better than anyone, it’s the recipes that you create yourself that are the best.”

    Truth is, what happen to me would not exactly happen to you. What happen to you, might not exactly happen to me. If it does happen though, the experience, the emotions, the tiny little things that forms our overall experience will taste differently because you and I are different. Thus, the best life stories are the best one we create. Because we are the best writer of our own life.

    However, here is the tricky part.

    In order to create the best stories, we must set the best plot, the best actors, the best place and the list goes on. We want to get the best in order to create the best – aren’t we all? The thing is, we can’t decide if it’s the best if we have not reach the end of the tunnel. We can’t assess whether or not we have given our best decision until we see what happen next. So how do we know that we have done your best, give our best, and probably, be the best we can be?

    The answer is: we never know.

    We never know until we connect every single dots, not from where we stand now..but when we stand later in the future (at least that what Steve Jobs said). This might be a sad truth given the circumstances that success now does not determine success in the future. In contrary, failing now is also does not determine failure in the future. See the balance?

    Whenever I am exposed with options, I used to assess them from A-Z, thoroughly, carefully. Sometimes it takes a really long time until I feel that one letter which becomes my best options among all. Then I thought, I had chosen the best decision at that moment. But time goes on and on, until I found that one..or maybe two, maybe more…things are not working like I wish them to be. It’s like walking on a sidewalks when you think the road are going to be flawlessly smooth but then you find holes in the center of the sidewalks, or maybe a shattered bricks then you thought..I shouldn’t have to take this road.

    So here’s my substantial point. There are no such perfect road.

    The one we thought would be our best path doesn’t mean it comes without a risk of disappointment that something are not like what we wish them to be (and it’s a big deal!). It comes without a notice and we just thought in a second that we might have chosen the wrong options. We may take a blame on everything including ourselves until we did not realize that we are actually undermining ourselves to be the best writer of our own stories. We forget that conflicts and resolutions are the essential part of the story. We forget that nothing will stays the same. We assume too much and ended up dissatisfied.

    I learn this through experience (although my best friend – the one I love very dearly warned me many times). I learn this in pain until I realize I might hurt myself and it’s harder to get myself back afterwards. I learn through sorrow and sacrifices…and I thank God for this lessons in life – finally, I am able to outgrow myself into a better person.

    After all, in the light of sorrow, I decided to count my blessings. I decided to enjoy the road and I decided to accept what life has to offer. I made peace with myself. I decided not to let myself fall for disappointment. I might change the roads I’ve been taken, I do not know. But for now, I got a plan. I don’t know if it will bring me to a delighted resolutions but we’ll see. I believe in change. I believe that both waiting and doing something has its own risks. I choose the latter.

    Who knows that maybe, this dots will connect me into something new and beautiful, something I will be more grateful for 🙂 ***

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