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10 April 2002 @ 03:08 pm
Randomness, revolution, and spoilers for the AMG Movie  
I woke up this morning and had a sore throat. It wasn't hurting at all before i went to bed, stupid sleep =P

Shawkial and Gwri and i watched the AMG movie monday night. It was well done, but i was annoyed by some of the plot.

One god says he's tired of seeing people suffer and wants to help them. Another god and a human, the first beings to apparently have found "true love" in recent gods' memories (implied the first ever) argues that the beings of earth want things to stay the way there are.

Hello? Do the rest of us get to have any say in this? Perhaps maybe those of us who haven't found magical happiness?

Of course Beldandy argues that what Celestin is doing will have horrible repurcusions, but she's really hazy on exactly what those horrible repurcusions will be and why they'll happen.

So we end up with Celesting trying use the power of love to bring the world revolution, trying to grant all beings happiness, and Beldandy using the power of music to try and preserve the status quo against the forces of change, trying to allow people to keep on suffering.

I know that Beldandy is defined to be right just cause she's one of the protagonists, but could we maybe have had a little more evidence provided as to _why_ she was right?

Oh, and to finish it off, Celestin has the obligatory change of heart at the end because Beldandy and Keichi are truly in love. Well that's great for them, but weren't you supposed to be trying to help the rest of us too?

And the establishment wins, go omnipotent powers that think mortals need to live with suffering.

It's not so much that they're necessarily _wrong_, i just don't like being expected to take it as a matter of faith. =) If it was shown that Celestin ahd gone insane and started spouting things like "Once i've destroyed the world no one will suffer anymore!" along with the obligatory evil laughter or something like that it would have been easy to swallow.
 
 
 
Patriciatrysha on April 10th, 2002 10:37 pm (UTC)
Maybe this was a different AMG movie than the one i saw.

I basically saw that.. I mean, the goddesses were all saying that enough energy was being channeled into the world that it would be destroyed - it seemed clear to me celestine was trying to destroy the earth in order to end the suffering of all people - Whereas Belldandy was on the side of the people, saying that suffering and love both happen on the earth, you get the good with the bad.

The fact that her and keichi were in true love was merely a side thing, important to the plot cause he never would have broken through beldandy's curse without that.

I'll have to rewatch this.
Kirinkirinn on April 11th, 2002 11:59 am (UTC)
I saw it as somewhere between Daetrin and trysha's assessments... It seemed to me that what Celestin was doing would pour so much 'energy' of some kind into the earth that it would sort of fast-forward evolution to the point where all beings were so perfect that there was no disease or death or suffering. So while it wouldn't exactly destroy the earth, it would probably change it into something utterly unrecognizable compared to what it is now. So the opposing position is that, yeah, these people are suffering, but they should be given the chance to live their own lives... you can't magically flip a switch to end their suffering because they wouldn't be "them" anymore. Or something like that.

And as usual for a movie-length production, yeah, it'd be nice if they could go into more depth on the issue, but oh well.

And man, is it pretty. ^_-