‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Movie Treat From PA

Spiderman Homecoming review

The People’s Association (PA) ran a series of contests on social media recently and I was one of the lucky winners who scored a pair of tickets to watch ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ yesterday evening at The Cathay. And it was awesome! ๐Ÿ˜€ I believe PA booked the entire theatre 7 and we managed to get seats right at the back (I love watching movies from the very last row) and they were ‘couple seats’ without an armrest between the two of us, so there was LOTS of space. Catch a movie for free and relax with spacious seating – what could be better? ๐Ÿ˜€ Well, there was food too! And a goodie bag to take home. And they gave us popcorn and drinks too.

I think some people mistakenly thought dinner would be provided, as we were told to come by at 7.30pm for some “light bites”. It was basically some sandwiches and finger food. BUT… people who were ahead in the queue took a fair bit and even had second helpings, so I suspect there wasn’t much (if any) left for people who showed up late.

Always be punctual, if not early, guys!

Spiderman Homecoming The Cathay

And when it came to queuing to enter the theatre, it was chaos as well. One massive queue, which quickly split into two when we were finally allowed to go in. Because it was ‘free seating’, we were really quite lucky to get final row seats. ๐Ÿ˜€

One of the winners even dressed up in a Spiderman costume just for this movie screening (a PA rep explained they didn’t pay him). ๐Ÿ˜€

There’s Spidey at the front, and us at the back row.

Spider-Man Homecoming

I enjoyed the movie, especially when Spidey saved his schoolmates from plunging to their deaths. And isn’t it awful when you discover your crush’s Dad is actually the villain? (@_@)

Also, I noted Tony Stark’s reference to how they invited journalists and “not bloggers” to interview Peter. *eye roll* Oh well. Don’t invite bloggers to your movie premieres anywhere in the world either, ok? ๐Ÿ˜›

Shaw Premiere: Menu, Price, Review

shaw premiere tickets

I watched ‘Pirates Of The Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge’ on Wednesday at Shaw Premiere (Nex) and absolutely loved the experience. At the same time, I worried that watching movies in ‘regular’ theaters in future would just be plain disappointing. And well they should. Shaw Premiere tickets are about 2 to 3 times more expensive than your regular cinema tickets but expect plush recliners, blankets to keep you warm, and if you need a drink or some extra popcorn, press a button located next to your seat and the staff will come attend to you! Better than watching a movie at home! ๐Ÿ˜€

Together with our tickets were two $5 F&B vouchers which we, of course, decided to use since there’s no minimum spending required. Even though we’d already had our dinner at Nex (oops), we ordered the Roti Prata with Nonya Chicken Curry ($10) to share.

shaw premiere review

I like the grilled roti prata – it’s crispy and there’s hardly any oil. The curry was decent, with small chunks of chicken and potato within.

We also ordered the Cookies & Cream Cheese Cake ($6) to be eaten while watching the movie. (We ate the prata in the Premiere lounge area) The cheese cake was a tad disappointing as it was slightly dry and crumbly, not moist and rich like I’d wished it was.

Here’s the menu for Shaw Premiere, if you’re curious:

shaw premiere menu price

If you’re a fan of popcorn, you really should order the premiere Popcorn Set ($11). You get a glass of soft drink and FREE FLOW of Shaw’s signature popcorn. WOW! It’s just too bad that I don’t eat popcorn. Perhaps they can start serving free flow chips or fries? ๐Ÿ˜€

shaw premiere menu

Here’s a pic I took while in the cinema…

shaw premiere nex

You can recline fully in these brown armchairs. There’s a blanket to keep you warm too. And if the movie is boring, well, at least you’ll be guaranteed a good, comfortable rest well worth the price of the ticket! ๐Ÿ˜€

ย For 2D movies, tickets cost $20 each on Mondays to Thursdays (except opening titles and sneaks which’ll cost $25), and $25 on Fridays to Sundays, Eve of PH and PH. You’ll also be entitled to entry to the lounge, where there’s also a restroom you can visit (so you don’t have to use the common restroom open to all the other cinema patrons). There’s real exclusivity here. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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I found the staff at the lounge to be attentive, welcoming and generally, very pleasant. I wished someone remembered that I wanted the cheese cake served during the movie screening though. No one brought the cake over so we had to get the attention of the person who looked like he’s the manager. And he brought the cheese cake over promptly.

I’d initially thought that the best seats in the house would be those in the middle but our two seats at the side (next to the wall) were better as we wouldn’t get distracted by the light coming in from the back each time staff came in with trays of food and drinks.

And yes, when the staff are serving people seated in the rows in front, they’ll block a small portion of the screen. *sigh*

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As for the movie ‘Pirates Of The Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge’, wow, I really enjoyed it. Awesome as usual. And I love how those dead sharks can be re-animated once returned to the water. There’s action, there’s humor, and even though the seats are so comfy, I never once fell asleep! ๐Ÿ˜€ Go catch the movie if you haven’t already done so!

Hacksaw Ridge: A Must-Watch Movie in 2017

Hacksaw Ridge SG

When I saw my pal Samy’s post on Facebook that Hacksaw Ridge is the best movie this year, I knew that (1) I HAD to watch it even if I don’t really like watching movies about wars (YAWN) and (2) I’d better tell him (after watching the movie) that the year has only just begun. Hahaha! Turns out, he’s right! It’s a bloooooody good movie. I didn’t read any sort of synopsis before showing up at the cinema. In fact, I didn’t know what was going to happen in the movie. And it was amazing on so many levels.

For one, I almost couldn’t believe my eyes when I found out, at the end of the movie and just before the credits began rolling, that it’s based on a true story. Desmond Doss is not a movie character. The movie was based on his life. My goodness.

Two, the cinematography was AWESOME. The director, Mel Gibson, must be pure genius. The audience gets ‘transported’ to the battlefield and there are so many scenes that make us want to scream out loud in terror. Absolutely brilliant.

And I don’t want to say much more in case it spoils the movie experience for you, but make sure you watch this movie, even if you don’t watch any other movie this year!

I know what’s going to be seared into my memory… Those scenes in which Desmond Doss, his hands shaking and bleeding from the ropeburn, pleads with God to help him find one more wounded soldier. Those are scenes we won’t forget very soon. Like he said, he doesn’t hear voices in his head, it’s never a (two-way) “conversation” with God, and yet when he hears cries of “Medic! Help me!”, he knows that’s what God wanted him to do. What an extraordinary person, and what an extraordinary life!

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We watched this movie with the 1-for-1 weekend promotion with SAFRA cards at Shaw cinemas. ๐Ÿ™‚ Love, love, love this offer. I know you will too.

Movie Review: A Street Cat Named Bob

A Street Cat Named Bob

When I first read the book, I thought that James Bowen’s the guy on the cover. But that guy is apparently the actor who stars in the movie. Pretty good-looking, no? (I’m talking about the cat now. Haha) Knowing that I’ve read the book (and reviewed it), my darling actually bought tickets for us to watch the movie on Sunday, instead of getting tickets to ‘Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them’ which is what he has been wanting to watch. It came as quite a surprise, really. *muacks* What’s more surprising is how the movie has adapted certain parts of the book instead of following it *ahem* faithfully.

The first half of the movie was like a long drawn out sigh for me. First of all, I didn’t like the camera trying to film from the perspective of the cat, Bob. And secondly, many scenes seemed out of focus or nausea-inducing shaky. Handheld cam, maybe??? And yes, I know it’s a movie and perhaps a female is required somewhere but deviating from the book by incorporating a love interest in a neighbor? Not cool. I preferred the duo (cat & human) against the cold, brutal world storyline versus the I’m-supposed-to-be-living-hand-to-mouth-but-lets-have-some-tea-together scene in the movie. And the whole rubbing wrists part was kind of lame.

By the end of the movie, I had tears flowing due to the scene in which James gets clean from drugs and finds out his father actually kept a picture of lil James in his wallet all along. The next scene was a little abrupt, and left me crying and laughing at the same time… Fish screensaver, anyone? I guess the producers wanted the movie to end on a happy note.

All in all, I’m super happy that James Bowen had his life turn around so dramatically, thanks to a fantastic feline and an astute publisher. Miracles really do happen. I do hope people don’t decide to purchase ginger cats just because they’ve loved Bob in the movie and the book. (Actually the book’s much better) Thanks to the movie ‘Nemo’, the demand for clownfish soared. Keep your fingers crossed that Bob doesn’t cause the same for ginger cats. If you just cannot resist getting one, please adopt, not shop!

Because of the book, I became more aware of the buskers that I used to turn a blind eye to. You might think they aren’t lonely as they’re playing some musical instrument, aren’t they? But I guess no one really likes being thought of as ‘invisible’, or being treated as such. Show them you appreciate them as human beings, and that they don’t need to have an attractive animal around their shoulders for you to begin paying attention to them. ๐Ÿ™‚ And please… if your child is not for sale, don’t ask people like James to sell their companions to you, ok. ๐Ÿ˜›

Best Seats @ Waterway Point’s SHAW IMAX Theatre

Waterway Point Shaw IMAX cinema

I watched Warcraft: The Beginning at Waterway Point’s SHAW cinema (in IMAX) yesterday and was blown away by the sound and image quality of the IMAX experience. Ticket prices truly reflect the value moviegoers get, so you can pay up to S$22 for a ticket during “peak” periods. Off peak tickets are at S$19. Students pay between S$14 to S$17. At such prices, I guess most people will want to know which are the best seats in the house so read on! ๐Ÿ˜€

First up, a quick review of the movie ‘Warcraft’: I thought it was an intriguing mix of ‘Harry Potter’ and ‘Lord Of The Rings’ what with the hippogriff-like creature, all that magic, orcs, dwarves and all. After 123 minutes of screentime, it appears that there’ll be a few more Warcraft movies. The movie can get a bit boring at times (your movie buddy may just fall asleep next to you) and you might begin to wonder why you decided to watch this movie in IMAX. LOL! I suspect this movie was not made for 3D screening.

However, after watching a trailer, I think the movie Ghostbusters might be a better choice for viewing in IMAX 3D! After all, there’s nothing scarier than getting up close with a ghost, ย or having some ghoul spill out its guts at you. Haha! ‘Independence Day’ might be another good movie to watch in IMAX though I’m not sure I’ll like the plot ‘cos the trailer just seemed like a whole sequence of CG effects to me.

As for the best seats in the house when it comes to IMAX at Waterway Point, I believe you should ditch the aisle seats and just select those right in the middle. We sat at A5 and A6 yesterday – the extreme right corner seats at the last row. I found that I was sitting too near to the sound system and it sometimes got a little loud (@_@) However, if you have problems with your hearing then those would be the best seats in the house for you. ๐Ÿ™‚

Because the screen is so wide, though, I think I can only accept seats in the final row. Anything else would be too close to the screen. The other thing that’s wide is the space between each row of seats. You can most certainly give your legs a good stretch.

*Check out Shaw.sg for the IMAX family package; you can get 4 tickets at S$58 or S$68 (T&Cs apply) ๐Ÿ™‚

Waterway Point’s Grand Opening… Again?

Was scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed this morning when I saw something which got me rather surprised. Waterway Point is giving out 500 pairs of movie tickets today, as part of their Official Opening celebrations. Thing is… didn’t the mall have its Opening Day in January, some 3+ months ago? How erm… strange. Anyway, since there are free movie tickets up for grabs, I decided to walk over and get some. LOL.

Tah-dah… after queuing for perhaps, 30 minutes? ๐Ÿ˜€ XD

Waterway Point Grand Opening free movie tickets

The queue was really long. But since the mall had generously arranged for 500 pairs of tickets to be given away, I think just about everyone who wanted a ticket managed to get it. ๐Ÿ™‚

Waterway Point free movie tickets queue

Elsewhere within the mall, there were also food samples being distributed. I joined the (very short) queue for free coffee just to get a taste of what this “Traditional Hainan Coffee” is all about.

Waterway Point Koufu free coffee

It tastes pretty good actually. Wished my coffee-loving BF was there with me. He’d be over-the-moon at receiving a free cup of good coffee. Haha!

Waterway Point coffee

By the way, it’s not the first time that Waterway Point is giving out free movie tickets. It has been done before. But I didn’t manage to get any in January, as they had all been given out by the time I got to the venue. For today’s giveaway, I think it might not have been widely publicized. You’ll have to be a fan of their facebook page to be in the know. *hint hint*

Waterway Point Cinema: Shaw Theatres (Officially Opens 21 Jan)

Waterway Point Shaw IMAX cinema

I don’t know where I got the impression that the cinema at Waterway Point is open 24 hours. But the fact is, it isn’t. Bummer. The cinema will be open as per the other Shaw cinemas elsewhere. There will be midnight shows on Friday nights and Saturday nights (eve of public holidays). At this point in writing, I have yet to catch a movie at Waterway Point’s Shaw Theatres. I hope to watch one soon. ๐Ÿ™‚

It is a suburban cinema with the most number of screens in Singapore. There are 11 of them. And it has aย digital IMAX theatre, the 3rd in Singapore.

Waterway Point Cinema

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Mr. Mark Shaw, Executive Vice President of Operations, Shaw Theatres, said: โ€œOur patrons can look forward to more Blockbusters released in IMAX like Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice (release on 24 March) and Marvelโ€™s Captain America: Civil War (release on 28 April) which will feature select footage shot with IMAX cameras.โ€

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Waterway Point Shaw Theatres

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Mr. Christopher Shaw, Executive Vice President of Film Distribution, added: โ€œFor this Chinese New Year, we will be releasing sequels to box office hits such as From Vegas to Macau III and The Monkey King 2, as well as local film such as Jack Neoโ€™s Long Long Time Ago. Audiences who are looking for critically acclaimed and Academy Award nominated titles can also enjoy a variety of films like Room, The Revenant (also in IMAX) and Spotlight at our theatres.โ€

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Prior to the official opening on 21 January 2016, Shaw Theatres Waterway Point will be holding an open house from 18 to 20 January 2016. Activities include:

1. Movie Tickets Giveaway with Waterway Point โ€“ 500 pairs of free movie tickets will be up for grabs for the first 500 Waterway Point shoppers each day! Collect a coupon from 10.00am each day at B1, The Plaza, Waterway Point. One coupon per shopper per day, and each coupon can be exchanged for a pair of movie tickets at Shaw Theatres Waterway Point box office on a first-come-first-serve basis. Movie titles include Fury, Lost and Love, Miss You Already, Paddington, Shaun the Sheep, The Monkey King, and The Imitation Game. Valid only for same day screenings from 10.20am to 5.15pm. Terms and conditions apply.

2. Movie Tickets Giveaway with SAFRA โ€“ 500 pairs of free movie tickets will be given out each day to SAFRA members. Present SAFRA membership card and NRIC at the Shaw Theatres Waterway Point box office for redemption from 4.00pm onwards. A pair of tickets per SAFRA member per day. Valid for same day screenings from 5.30pm onwards. Terms and conditions apply.

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About IMAXโ€™s Digital Theatre System

IMAXโ€™s projection technology delivers crystal-clear images. The dual projection system projects left-eye and right-eye images simultaneously thus eliminating depth distortion during fast-moving scenes.

IMAXโ€™s audio system creates laser-aligned digital sound for accurate and realistic sound images with the largest dynamic range. This enables the sound to be crisp enough to hear a pin drop and precise enough to know exactly where it dropped!

Then there is IMAXโ€™s customised theatre geometry, which maximises your field of view. The high-gain screen results in exceptionally bright images and unparalleled 3D effect. The screen is also slightly curved and sits closer to the audience, creating a larger effective screen, which is equivalent to a 20% to 230% increase in screen area.

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Shaw Theatres is located at B2-11 of Waterway Point. If you’re heading to the cinema from the Punggol MRT station, take Exit A out of the station, then turn right into the East Wing of the mall. Head down to B2. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Ah Boys To Frogmen – Good Enough To Forgive The Bad Product Placements

Ah Boys To Frogmen

I’ve finally watched Ah Boys To Frogmen today. We had complimentary Shaw movie tickets from some DBS Safra card promotion – 2 out of the 6 tickets went to this show. And it did not disappoint. We didn’t watch it during a weekend screening like we had wanted to, because all the good seats were taken and there is nothing I detest more than taking the front row seats when catching a movie. (@_@)

4 more tickets left. I wonder what other movies will be worth watching…

Ah Boys To Frogmen

Ah Boys To Frogmen is so good that you’ll want to forgive them for the horrid product placements as usual. Thankfully, not so much airtime for bak kwa in this movie. And the BreadTalk and ToastBox bits were actually funny. But what I couldn’t stand were the horrible bits about that Nivea mud foam nonsense. It makes navy frogmen seem like effeminate losers if they find time to unclog their pores in the middle of rigorous training. Truly product placement at its worst. I bet the real frogmen will roll their eyes when watching this movie.

And that KPMG crap too. Having KPMG representatives come and “congratulate” one of the divers during the ‘graduation’ is just over-the-top LAME! Sorry, no other word to describe it. It’s just LAME! And to become an ACCOUNTANT after going through naval diver training is like deciding to drive a bus after going through fighter pilot training. Hello?! Who in their right minds will do that? #nooffensetoaccountants #orbusdriverseither

But of course, there is so much to love about this movie…

Ah Boys To Frogmen

1) The hot bods. Yup.

2) Really good acting from people like “No. 2” (that Thai and Filipino accent was a killer, man! I nearly fell off my seat from laughing too hard) and Aileen Tan. Aileen was very convincing in her role as a knife-wielding and money-stealing drug addict and mother to Lobang.

3) The jokes which caught me off-guard. Seriously, who would have thought that the NDU can also stand for ‘Night Delivery Unit’?! It’s hilarious! And that night delivery guy who passed the goods to No. 2 by mistake? He was brilliant. The way he looks and moves should totally have him cast in the role of Iago if Shakepeare’s Othello is performed in Chinese. I don’t know why but I thought of Iago as I watched the scenes he appeared in.

4) Insights into the training that naval divers get, from the ‘mochi’ to the drown-proofing. Read an earlier post I uploaded about drown-proofing here.

What can I say? The movie got my heart pumping fast right at the start with a counter-terrorism mission, and got me laughing at the end with the hilarious NG scenes. It’s definitely worth every penny of the ticket price. And I know Jack Neo’s gonna laugh all the way to the bank after this movie ends its run here (and elsewhere).

Go watch it if you haven’t already done so. I’d rate it 4 out of 5 stars. Remove the product placements, and you get 5/5. ๐Ÿ˜‰

*All images in this post are from popspoken.com, except for the DBS card one which is my own. ๐Ÿ™‚

(Movie Review) Fifty Shades Of Grey: Boobs, Bondage and Badassery

Fifty Shades Of Grey

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I’ve yet to read the book, but since it’s all the rage now, I decided to watch the ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’ movie. The end to the movie was abrupt, no doubt, but what a thought-provoking, mind-blowing, eye-opening movie it was. Good grief. Yes, it’s all boobs, bondage and badassery. And many questions to keep you thinking.

I’ll leave the ‘boobs’ portion to your imagination, or till you watch this movie. Let’s skip to the badassery bit since the boyfriend (who watched the movie with me) asked, after the show, if I thought the same (BDSM) storyline would work if the male lead is a poor lad. Without hesitation, I told him “of course not!” and that I’d bet the not-very-rich fella would get thrown into prison faster than you can say “pervert”.

After all, who can forget that helicopter scene?

Fifty Shades Of Grey

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How many of the people you knowย go on a first date with a guy and it involves a helicopter ride (medical evacuations not counted)? I’d say it’s close to none, right? While watching this in the cinema, I was thinking “Why a helicopter? Hmm… why not? ‘Cos chauffeured car rides are just too mainstream?”

And the other scene in which they are in a carpark and she asks him which of those expensive-looking cars is his, and his reply is that they’re all his? Wow.

If you are this rich, I guess you can have just about any woman you want, even if you have a fetish for, let’s just say, unusual sex acts. And in this movie, he reveals that he has a room in his apartment for these women to stay in. The female lead is guest #16.

I don’t know if he is confident because he is rich, or the other way round. But that kind of sell-your-car-and-buy-you-a-new-one-just-because behavior really displays confidence that can sweep many women off their feet.

*Spoiler alert* Skip the next paragraph if you don’t want to read a summary of the movie!

Fifty Shades Of Grey

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A very quick summary of the movie: 21-year-old Anastasia interviews billionaire 27-year-old Christian Grey for a student newspaper. He later appears in the hardware store where she works, and buys cable ties, masking tape and rope. He sends her a gift of (expensive) books and picks her up when she gets drunk, and she ends up in his hotel room. They go on a date (remember the helicopter?) and he wants her to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement. He shows her his playroom full of BDSM equipment. He reveals that he lost his virginity at age 15 to one of his mother’s friends. They eventually have a dominant/submissive contract, and she gets spanked. He gives her lavish gifts like a new car. When she finally asks him to punish her so she can understand the worst extremes of a BDSM relationship, she is horrified, after the 6 lashes. And the movie ends with her leaving his apartment.

And then there’s the BDSM sh*t…

When ordered to, she is supposed to get naked, and kneel at the door to his ‘playroom’. And oh, she has to have her hair in a plait. Pretty sick sh*t.

Fifty Shades Of Grey

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I guess it seems kinky at the start, then it rapidly becomes really freaky. At some point, you might even think she has become his sex slave.

And while some people slam this movie for portraying women in a submissive role blah blah blah, I do think the female lead character was flirtatious, knew (most of the time) what she was getting herself into, and she was not raped. Even that final (punishment) scene? She was the one who told him to do whatever he wanted to do to her. Why get so upset after that then? Right from the start, he had already given her a laptop and told her to do some ‘research’ on the topic. I would argue that she should have known.

And once again, she displays that horrible female trait – that stupid insistence that we can help men heal their (emotional) wounds, that we can change them for the better, that they just need to share their feelings with us. Haiz.

All in all, I think this movie is great for couples who could use some help with their sex lives. Ladies, bring your husbands to watch this movie. And no, don’t go buying ropes, cable ties or handcuffs and the like, please! That’s sick! Just useย ice cubes and feathers (maybe from your feather duster?) and try not to choke on ice cubes from laughing too hard ๐Ÿ˜€ #justkidding

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~ Picture from the movie premiere ~

Fifty Shades Of Grey

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Not sure why Dakota Johnson chose this dress. Having already seen her boobs in their entirety (multiple times) during the movie, a plunging neckline now seems like a joke. Would have been better if she chose to cover up. And I can’t say I like her choice of lip color very much too. Kind of vamp-ish when coupled with that dress. Hmm.

I also think Jamie Dornan should ditch that beard. XD He seems more handsome in the movie. Ha!

Will YOU be watching this movie? ๐Ÿ™‚ I think I’ll grab a copy of the book. I’ve heard that it’s crappy fan fiction with horrible writing – we’ll see. Book review next, maybe? ๐Ÿ˜€

‘The Theory of Everything’ – That Stephen Hawking Movie (@_@)

The Theory of Everything

My 67 year old student, the now-famous Steven Lek from retiredowhat.com, has been pestering telling me to watch this movie every single time we meet or talk over the phone. Every. Single. Time. He says it is to urge me to think about Life’s tough “What If” questions. So I caught the 2.10pm screening this afternoon at Shaw Lido, alone. Watching movies on my own is such a joy! Thankfully, this movie is anything but boring.

And yes, after watching this movie, and reading the wikipedia page about Stephen Hawking, you’ll be left scratching your head and wondering which portrays the truth. So here’s my theory (or theories) about ‘The Theory of Everything’:

1) When people recite their wedding vows about staying together “in sickness and in health”, they mean it… at that particular point in time. That point in time has confetti, and roses, and beautiful gowns, and happy faces.

I’ve always felt some animosity towards my aunt-in-law, wherever she may be now. She left my uncle when I was very young, right after he had contracted cancer. When he passed away, their son was left as an ‘orphan’ because the mother had run off and married someone else, and all responsibility of caring for him was left to our grandmother.

“That heartless woman!” was what I’ve always thought about that runaway mother.

After watching this movie, you’ll realize that it actually is not that easy to stick to those vows when your spouse is ill and more helpless than a kid. And when you have 3 young children in the house, plus one ‘big kid’, you just might feel like screaming and tearing your hair out, and no one can blame you, really. [I think the movie didn’t quite bring out this almost-desperate sort of feeling. Everything seems witty, a tad too rosy, and overly positive]

I think it helps that Stephen (the actor) is brilliant, witty and oh-so-funny. That probably makes him easier to live with. But what happens if your spouse is not brilliant, witty nor funny? What if he’s a negative old fart after becoming ill?

Most invalids are not as composed, and tend to have dramatic mood swings. It then becomes a real test of love.

So… before you get married, ask yourself “What if my spouse becomes an invalid one day?” If I have to feed him, change his clothes, comb his hair, wipe off his drool, take him to the toilet, bathe him, encourage him and try to keep his spirits up, comfort him, try not to strangle him when he does or says stupid things, etc? If you feel an instinctive urge to run away, then yes, run.

Don’t jump into marriage because society dictates that you must be married by a certain age, or it’s Chinese New Year again soon and nosy relatives will want a “status update”, or when you feel your biological clock is ticking.

It’s a freaking life-long commitment for most people. ๐Ÿ˜‰

2) Love / Marriage is not about your happiness. It is about your commitment to the other person‘s happiness.ย 

I think Jane is pretty admirable. Firstly, she marries Stephen despite knowing he has a supposed two years left to live. When he dies, after said two years, she’ll be a widow and that might screw up her chances (if any) of finding a good guy after that to marry.

And when Jonathan comes into her life, and they obviously have feelings for each other, they keep up a platonic friendship, as she is committed to Stephen. Wow. I bet it’s not easy to stay put when you can see that ‘happiness’ is just around the corner.

(Because of their Christian faith, it would be unthinkable for Jane to leave Stephen and get into an adulterous relationship with Jonathan. The hopeless romantic in me would like to think that Stephen left Jane (in real life) because he wanted her to be happy with Jonathan, who would be better able to take care of her. But whether this is the case or not, I guess I’ll never know)

ย 3) People won’t respond the way you expect them to.ย 

One would think that after all the sacrifices Jane has made for him, Stephen would not do something like fall in love with his nurse, Elaine, and get a divorce with Jane and marry Elaine instead. But it seems he does just that. And the movie tiptoes around this issue, probably ‘cos the people involved are still *ahem* alive.

*HUGE SIGH*

ย So… WHAT IF, after all you do for your spouse, he/she still waltzes off into the sunset with some other fella? Now, refer back to theory #2.

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If you’d like to catch this thought-provoking movie, go to the cinemas now. The screenings are probably ending soon.

Thank you, Steven Lek, for kicking my ass into the cinema. Indeed, there are many of Life’s “What if” questions to answer. And I’m not sure I have all the answers either.

And thank you, Stephen Hawking, for your brilliant contributions to science, and for making me think about what I’ll do if the fella I marry and have three kids with decides to be ungrateful and run off with some other woman, not for my sake but for his own. I think it might involve a lengthy blogpost. And a chopper (the blade, not the mode of transport). Or both.