I was planning on seeing The Trip today with a friend whom I haven’t seen in while because he’d been in France for more than a month. But he forgot we made plans, and I didn’t remind him last night as I should. Since I was already awake early in the morning (ok, not that early), I decided to go to SLC anyway and watch a movie by myself (Yes, I’m one of those people who’s got no problems seeing a movie alone. Having worked in a movie theatre, movie theatres are like home to me—a place I feel very comfortable in being by myself. Besides, I learned that some of the most dedicated, frequent moviegoers often go solo). Anyway, before heading to Broadway Cinemas this morning, there were two movies that I hadn’t seen before: The Trip and Snow Flower and the Secret Fan. I didn’t hear good things about Snow Flower so I wanted to take my friend with me to The Trip instead, and we still might be able to see it together when I go back to SLC on Thursday. I’ve mentioned before that I get free passes to SLFS theatres, so I watch pretty much everything they show, even if they get bad reviews.
I’ve also mentioned before that I’m a cry baby at movies. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan is very melodramatic, but surprisingly, I didn’t cry a single time. The drama just didn’t sink in deep enough. I read a couple of one-liners from critics after I watched the movie, and they said the same thing—sentimentality that fails to touch the viewer. However, I think the movie is better than what the critics say. For one, I didn’t walk out of this movie, and I didn’t get impatient waiting for it to end. I ended up thinking it’s an ok movie. Not great, not too good, just ok.
For those who haven’t heard of this movie: This film is about two BFF’s who parted ways. These are characters who live in present-day China. Parallel to the story is another story, just like the present-day one, but it’s set in imperial China. It’s also a story about two BFF’s, and played by the same actresses as the present-day ones. In Roger Ebert’s review, he jokingly writes that the Chinese invented BFF’s, which is probably true since the Chinese invented EVERYTHING. We learn in this movie that female BFF’s are called “laotong.” And that’s basically what all the movie’s about—friendship that starts strong, ends abruptly, then comes back strong again because it never really went away to begin with. 3/5