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Rating: Chocolate Cake
While most of the country was munching on nachos and cheering for their football team of choice, I sat in a movie theatre, ranging among gripping the armrest, covering my eyes, and bawling my eyes out.
127 Hours was way better than I expected it to be.
Now, I should be fair. I honestly didn’t expect much. All I knew about it was that it was about a hiker who had an accident and spent 127 hours reflecting on his life before he notably “frees” himself.
I’m all for reflection. In teacher school, we did reflections all the time. What I didn’t see was how this was going to create a movie that I would actually want to see.
Well, I was wrong. There, I admit it. It was awesome. It’s not my favorite of the nominees I have seen so far, but it is definitely worth the price of admission at your local movie theatre.
This is not the type of movie you will want to watch over and over again (at least, I won’t want to), but one time is certainly enough to make an impact.
Without further ado, here are 5 lessons (on hiking and life) I learned at the movies yesterday:
- Bring an emergency beacon– You may think you’re all that and then some. Even so, have a backup plan. If something goes wrong (like a rock pinning you in a canyon), you have some way to help yourself.
- Tell people what you are doing– Sure, it is a nice idea when you are going to do something potentially dangerous to let someone know when and where. Gasp! You could even bring someone with you! This ranges from hiking to skiing to a date.
- Appreciate the people in your life- Often, we take our wonderful families and friends for granted. Don’t! You never know when your time with them may be over. Instead of wasting your time worrying about people who don’t matter, focus on the people who do.
- Think of all possible escape routes- In situations or in physical locations, it is not a bad idea to know how to get out. Get out of bad relationship, get out of a vehicle, get out of a building. It may just come in handy! Once you figure out what those routes are, don’t procrastinate. Get the heck out of there! Our protaganist waited until he was having hallucinations and on the verge of heart failure to use his escape route. Yes, he had to be desperate to free himself in the way that he did. I just found it incredibly frustrating that he (and the audience) knew for days what it was that he was going to have to do, yet he waited until he was almost-dead anyway. What if he freed himself and couldn’t get out of the canyon because of his dehydration or food deprivation? That would be the worst ending to a movie, ever.
- Bring some trail mix- He would have fared better and longer if he had actually brought more food and water with him. I find it impressive that he made it for 127 hours on the amount of fuel that he had. His situation would have been less stressful if he had had some foresight to prepare. When it doubt, take those extra two minutes to throw something in your bag that could make your life easier-trail mix in his case.
In all, I enjoyed the movie. How would I rate it though?
Visuals: 4.5/5– They did a lot of funky things with the camera that were cool, but also disorienting.
Plot: 4.5/5-So it definitely has a solid plot. We all knew exactly what was going to happen, but the writers did a wonderful job at rounding it out and making it interesting.
Acting: 5/5-James Franco, you rock. I thought your acting was believable. If I didn’t, I would not have spent the movie with the three c’s- cowering, cringing and crying.
What are your thoughts?
All right Academy Award nominees, bring it on! Are you going to band together to take down The King’s Speech? It is my goal to see, review, and invent a treat for every single one of you by Oscar Night.
Academy Award Nominees so far in order…
Trail Granola Mix
What you find below is my base mixture for a granola that packs a nutritional punch and is wonderfully tasty. Stick to the proportions, but use whatever ingredients you like the best!
- 2 cups uncooked oatmeal
- 1/2 cup fruit sauce (applesauce, pureed bananas, etc.)
- 1 cup nuts of your choice (mix and match or go all with one)
- 1/2 cup seeds (pumpkin, sunflower, flax,etc.)
- 1/3 cup dried fruit (raisins, craisins, dried papaya, dried apples, coconut etc.)
- 1/4 cup sweetener (honey, maple syrup, brown sugar,etc.)
- 1 tbsp spice (cinnamon, curry, chili pepper, cumin, ginger)
The combination that you see in the picture includes pistachios, pumpkin seeds, dried papaya, pureed banana, coconut, honey, and cinnamon.
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
- Mix all of the ingredients except for the dried fruit together.
- On a parchment-lined baking sheet, spread out the mixture into an even layer.
- Bake for 25 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Remove from oven and sprinkle on the dried fruit.
- Store in an airtight container. It will keep for about a week.