Flight Movies (4): The Fate of Bento Wars: A Hero Rabbit Far From Home

Flight Movies – The Return Trip!

A more serious, yet also playful portrayal of a dictatorship is Jojo Rabbit. There have been dozens of movies set in the Nazi period, but very few include comedic elements. I think the film hit the right balance between the somewhat light-hearted story about a kid learning to overcome his hate and the few shocking moments.

Terminator is a franchise that should’ve been terminated all along. Part 1 and 2 are masterpieces, part 3 just solid and part 4 at least showed the future war in a feature length film. Part 5 was a failed reboot so hopes were high for James Cameron’s return to the Terminator franchise. Terminator 6 is a difficult movie to judge. The action is quite good – not ground breaking – but entertaining.

It’s the connection to the old films that makes me angry: In a short scene we learn that Skynet simply sent another T-800 Terminator after Terminator 2 to kill John Connor. The “saviour of humanity” of four Terminator films is just casually killed off in two minutes. The film continues to establish a new saviour, Dani Ramos, a new AI (Legion) and of course a new Terminator who’s basically a T-800 and T-1000 combined. Dark Fate is a mess.

Here’s something that didn’t leave a sour taste in my mouth: Bento Harassment. It’s the story of a single mother who raises a high-school daughter in her rebellious phase. That daughter may not listen to her mother, but she will still take her lunch box to school. The mother starts to create messages in the daily lunch box. How embarrassing! This is a cute coming-of-age story.

Last but not least, a film that I already bought a movie ticket for, but couldn’t attend: Parasite. Is Parasite going to be the door opener for Korean movies to movie theatres worldwide? I doubt it… every few years a movie from a non-English speaking country is an international success, sometimes the director of that movie does a couple of films in Hollywood too! I’m fine with seeing Asian movies at festivals but I wish that distributors (and the audience) would care less about skin colours and whether the movie is set in New York or Seoul. So many brilliant Korean movies that will never hit the big screen outside Asia 😞

Mia Jaap

Journalist, developer and passionate about Japanese and Korean language. Japan is my #1 country for travelling, penguins my favourite animals.

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