Even in love, there’s fear.
You can’t have one
without the other.
Do you know that feeling when you drove with your bike somewhere, look surprised at a road map and realize you don’t have any idea where you were? Or that time when you were looking at the blackboard in disbelief, while the professor wrote down a mathematical theorem? I also had that surprised, open-mouthed, slightly panicking look when watching “Harmony“. This Australian film (with Australian actors who did their best to hide that well-known accent) is now really the vaguest of all the films I’ve seen so far. Somewhere deep inside there might be something original in it. But it really didn’t seem to want to rise to the surface.
A confusing movie.
After an hour I still didn’t understand what was going on with Harmony (Jessica Falkholt). And her relationship with Mason (Jerome Meyer) and Jimmy (Eamon Farren) remained a complete mystery to me. The denouement was again kind of obvious. And of course, you get once more such a typical ending that affords room for several follow-up films. Apparently, that’s been the idea all along. They were planning to create a 5-part saga of which this film “Harmony” is the first chapter. Unfortunately, the lead actress Jessica Falkholt died in a car accident before the movie premiered. And preparing follow-up stories without this character may be problematic. Or they are devoting the following four sequels to the other 4 newborns, each of whom has their own specific, special power.
It’s all a bit too vague.
Perhaps that was the most positive thing about the entire film. The gift of Harmony to remove negative feelings and fears from random people, sounds rather intriguing . A not so pleasant experience for Harmony. The inherited burden causes both psychological and physical pain. The only way for Harmony to free herself from this burden is to take a shower after which these negative feelings run away like black ink.
How come she’s blessed with this power? Does it have to do with the death of her mother during birth? And what is her motive for wandering through dark streets at night and saving hopelessly lost souls? Who’s the woman who takes care of neglected animals? How does she know that Harmony should use her gift on as many people in need as possible? And does she know the others who also have a certain power? It’s all a bit too vague. I suppose when the sequels are made, it will all become a bit clearer.
More question marks.
Film technically, the film looks flawless. The gray and dark images fit wonderfully with Harmony’s character. Her appearance, a goth-like young girl in black, also reinforces this depressing feeling. Jimmy, the rebellious punk who treats others like dirt, is also such a dark figure. Why he shows an interest in Harmony and at the same time radiates a kind of hate is again vague. Mason, on the other hand, is a real “jump for joy” guy. His colorful outfit and innocent, naive and weird behavior ensure the bright, happy moments. Also here it isn’t clear why Harmony continues to function flawlessly in his presence. Is Mason an insensitive and numb person? Does he go through life without fear or negative feelings? Does he have a mental disorder that makes him appear eccentric? Well, again I haven’t the faintest idea.
The story itself wasn’t in harmony with the rest.
Perhaps a few missing puzzle pieces are necessary, so we understand this idiosyncratic film a bit better. As you’ve read, everything remains fairly vague and incomprehensible. All in all, despite all its vagueness, this film isn’t that bad. The acting is of an acceptable level and the way in which everything was portrayed also has its charms. The film also fits the image of our current society perfectly. A society where fear plays a major role nowadays. And I’m sure that many teenage girls will be enthusiast about the romantic part of the film. On a narrative level, I thought it was inadequate. Too many question marks and blanks. In short, the story itself wasn’t in harmony with the rest.
My rating 5/10
Monster Hunter | Exclusive Official Trailer
A portal transports Lt. Artemis and an elite unit of soldiers to a strange world where powerful monsters rule with deadly ferocity. Faced with relentless danger, the team encounters a mysterious hunter who may be their only hope to find a way home.
Action, Adventure, Fantasy
December 30, 2020
Paul W.S. Anderson
Milla Jovovich, Tony Jaa, T.I., Meagan Good, Diego Boneta, Josh Helman, Ron Perlman
When Lt. Artemis and her loyal soldiers are transported to a new world, they engage in a desperate battle for survival against enormous enemies with incredible powers. Feature film based on the video game by Capcom.
Could Howie Mandel Return For A Sequel To The 80’s Comedy, ‘Little Monsters..’
When I was growing up, 80’s actor Fred Savage was one of the biggest child stars around. With films such as, ‘The Princess Bride,’ ‘The Wizard,’ and of course ‘The Wonder Years,’ a television series which ran from 1988-1993. All of these projects made Savage one of the most recognized faces in Hollywood. Yet, after all these years, my all-time favorite is ‘Little Monsters.’
‘Little Monsters,’ hit theaters in 1989. And has grossed more than $790 mill (USD) worldwide. It tells the story of Brian Stevenson (Fred Savage) who finds out, there is a world of monsters living underneath his bed. He in turn, befriends one of the monsters named Maurice, played by Howie Mandel. Throughout the film, the pair become best friends and embark on a journey to save Brian’s kidnapped little brother Eric, played by Ben Savage.
GameSpot recently reported on some blu-ray extras where the America’s Got Talent judge Howie Mandel talks about his experience on set.
“Physically, it almost killed me. And I wouldn’t have done that. It’s not good to spend a summer in the Carolinas wrapped in latex.”
Mandel says he enjoyed the cast and crew but he probably wouldn’t have taken the role if he knew exactly what it entailed.
“Do not try this at home. Don’t wrap yourself. I mean it’s a wonderful–Maurice is a wonderful character. It was a fun time; everybody was great. And there were funny scenes, but I was wrapped in latex. Do you know what humidity and latex does? After I did that movie. I wouldn’t even put a condom on. I was so anti-latex. I know that doesn’t sound safe, but I was married and happy but I would not, I don’t even want to say the word latex anymore. But now I feel like I wouldn’t do that again.”
Mandel says, till this day, he has a hard time with the word latex. One could only imagine, as Mandel has been very open about his OCD (Obsessive–compulsive disorder) and ADHD(Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.) On set, Mandel was required to spend long hours in a makeup chair with people touching and applying prosthetics all over him. This had to have been very difficult for a person with the above mentioned disorders.
“I don’t have a GED because I can’t sit in class. I can’t sit. But you have to sit. Not only was it four hours of sitting, but four hours of–I don’t want to be touched. And four hours of [being touched], I thought I was going to snap. And once I was finished, I had to be this happy and joyful Maurice. I really wasn’t that happy and joyful. I didn’t know what I had gotten myself into. They cut like, ‘Oh my god. I’m gonna die.’ At night, it’s an hour to get it off; it was glued on me and my skin.”
Howie mentioned he would be open to playing Maurice again. Considering the modern advancements in cinema technology since 1989, production could possibly remove some of the tediousness from the process of applying prosthetics. It would definitely be fun to see Fred Savage, Howie Mandel and others return to the big screen for a sequel to the 80’s comedy.
What do you think, would you like to see ‘Little Monsters’ return for a sequel?
Final Fantasy XVI | Official Reveal Trailer – HD | PS5
Check out the debut trailer for FF16 (Final Fantasy XVI), revealed during the PS5 showcase in September 2020.
“The legacy of the crystals has shaped our history for long enough,”