Ben XI never heard of the film but the cover says it had won awards and was supposed to be a Belgian entry but failed to receive actual nomination in the Best Foreign Language Film category of Academy Awards 2007, so I bought it anyway.
The film was about Ben. He had Asperger’s Syndrome.
According to Wikipedia...
Asperger syndrome or Asperger's syndrome is an autism spectrum disorder that is characterized by significant difficulties in social interaction, along with restricted and repetitive patterns of behavior and interests. It differs from other autism spectrum disorders by its relative preservation of linguistic and cognitive development.
Ben goes to a school with normal kids and because of his condition, he was always bullied. His only escape is the game Archlord wherein he is in a very high level and he was considered a hero, where he can fight anyone else. He was accompanied by a healer named Scarlite. Usually, she becomes his strength. This is based on a true story of a boy with Asperger’s who commited suicide because of bullying.
Letters to Juliet
Anyway, I bought this because I just saw it and it was the only new film which is a love story, just plain love story, because I was in the mood for a light love story.
The film was a web of cliché storylines: boy and girl in a relationship but boy doesn’t have a lot of time, finding a lost love, some realizations of who you really love, in short, you know how the story goes as well as know the ending.
But I love it, I don’t know, maybe because I’m in the mood for a love story? And whenever that happens, I was such a sucker for cliché romance? I really don’t see the point of liking the movie since I really don’t like Amanda Seyfried (ever since Mamma Mia! and most especially when I knew she’ll play Savannah in Dear John), it wasn’t so much of a comedy when they were claiming it’s a romantic-comedy, and blah blah blah.
But I didn’t get bored, and I guess I know why...
Because all the while I was thinking of finding my Romeo too (hay nagdrama duman ko ah)...
I guess I watched it because I was curious how the part 2 will go. I was not hooked. I kept on changing channels, to Star Movies with the movie Fired Up!, even though it was the singing/dancing scene. I don’t like the songs. And I was really thinking they went from the “Glee-format” to “HSM format”. In part 1, they sing and dance because it is really in the story that they are singing and dancing. In part 2, they just break into the singing and dancing parts and have conversations through singing and dancing. Also, I don’t feel the Shane-Mitchie team up, they seem to be good in part one.
I also didn’t find the last performances a blast.
I think the only blast was the movie trailer.