I have moved to Hong Kong. How exciting! I will be living here until October next year, at least. Hong Kong is a vibrant place, full of culture, good restaurants and very international crowds. It’s also centrally located in Asia, and I am planning to explore the region as much as possible. I will let you know how it all goes, of course. The flight from Sydney yesterday took about nine hours, which gave me plenty of time to catch up with movies I hadn’t had time to see in the mad rush prior to the move.
The first inflight movie I watched was The Ghost Writer, with Ewan McGregor and Pierce Brosnan, directed by Roman Polanski. A writer is hired to fix the memoirs of a former British Prime Minister, following the (not so) accidental death of the previously hired ghost writer. While the former Prime Minister gets embroiled in an international scandal, the innocent writer discovers that the memoirs in question constitute highly sensitive material. I won’t say more, I don’t want to spoil the story. I liked it. The plot is good, the acting fine, and you are kept guessing until the last minute about whom the real culprits are. The movie is based on a novel by Robert Harris.
The second inflight movie was lighter. Date Night, a comedy starring Steve Carell and Tina Fey. In New York City, a case of mistaken identity turns a bored married couple’s attempt at a glamorous and romantic evening into something more thrilling and dangerous. As I said, this is very light, and if you don’t want to, or cannot, see it, you won’t be missing much. Enough said.
The last one I watched on the plane was How to train your dragon, the animation movie based on a novel by Cressida Cowell. A young Viking who aspires to hunt and kill dragons befriends a dangerous beast and discovers that everything the village thought they knew about dragons is entirely untrue. In his quest to convince his peers that dragons are not the dangerous creatures they are supposed to be, he fights the (evil) mother of all dragons and wins everlasting peace for his village. Of course, he gets a date in the process! This is a lovely story that will delight both children and adults. The dragons are actually a lot of fun, and the Scottish accent of some characters is to die for. Against my expectations, I really enjoyed it.
I have just finished reading Breath, by Tim Winton and will soon post a review. At the moment I am reading Blackwood Farm, by Anne Rice, and loving it. Watch this space…