It’s easy to be glib about the year that has passed and focus simply on how time flies and all that. I want to resist that temptation and reflect upon the amazing experiences I had in 2013 that I will always cherish to assist me in looking forward to 2014.
Day: December 23, 2013
Keanu Reeves is back in a genre film – his first since the conclusion of the Matrix trilogy. 47 Ronin is a re-telling of the classical Japanese tale of honor and revenge as a sword (or katana in this case) and sorcery fantasy. An additional twist is the inclusion of Kai – Reeves’ half-breed protagonist – to highlight the Japanese prejudice against outsiders and to provide a doomed romance.
Notre Dame de Paris is not a musical. It is promoted as a ‘musical spectacular’, and indeed, it is more of a pop-rock concert with songs that are more of ‘inspired by’ the story of Victor Hugo’s classic novel than a traditional musical. Hence despite all the singing and exciting dance and acrobatic sequences on stage, unless you are familiar with the tragic story of the Hunchback of Notre Dame, you never really get a clear idea of what is happening on stage, or why the characters do what they do.