Wednesday, April 5, 2017
The Book is Not Always Better than the Movie
In my opinion, the "Giver" movie is far superior and more interesting than the 1993 book of the "Giver". One of the reasons I prefer the movie is because most all content is explained to you in details by the movie’s narrator which is the main character Jonas. This makes the movie easy to understand and therefore I feel the movie is more enjoyable to watch than reading the book. Additionally, I believe the movie is more intense than the book. I believe the film is more dramatic and carries much more action. Lastly, I think the movie is by far more advanced and contains a future type society instead of the book which doesn't have that concept. I personally like the changes made in the movie.
I really enjoyed the movie more because the storyline was very understandable and clear; making it easier for you to follow what’s happening in story. In my opinion, the move has a more improved resolution which is much more positive. The film does not leave you wondering what is going to happen which is something that has always been annoying to me personally in books. I also enjoy that it gives you hints on what's different about Jonas and that he is very important in the society. I also like that it's from his perspective. Therefore, we know exactly what's going on in his head, so we fully understand why Jonas acts or thinks a certain way.
In my perspective, I think that the movie is much more intense. Many of the characters are forced to make decisions which could end with severe punishments. For example, when Asher caught Jonas trying escaping to elsewhere, he had the choice to follow the rules and kill him, or trust Jonas and let him go. Asher knew he would be released if he was caught letting Jonas leave the community. Also, I believe this because when Jonas is shown a memory of war, which we can actually see visually in the movie, he realizes how evil the world can truly and it scares him. Lastly,I love that Jonas knows something is wrong with the community and tries to fix it. He knows what people are doing is wrong when they inject poison into a baby and then threw it down a garbage chute. He doesn’t need anyone to tell him that is wrong, his conscience reveals it to him. I really enjoy the ending in the movie versus the book. In the end of the movie, Jonas finally frees the memories at the “Boundary of Memories” and helps the community members realize what they are doing is severely wrong.
The important reason I feel that the movie was better than the book is it actually has a good moral ending and doesn’t just leave you hanging to wonder what happens. I always enjoy movies that have a positive ending and therefore the book leaves me feeling empty. In the book, it ends the story with Jonas sliding down a hill on a sled and thinking he hears what sounds to him like a civilization but then it just ends. This ending ruined the book for me all together. But on the other hand, the movie actually shows Jonas riding up to a log cabin. This lets me know that he made it to a real community or family and he achieved his goal. In the book, you are left with tons of questions like, “Did he die?” or “Did he find a community?” But in the movie, you are left with him for sure making it to a community and a family which made the movie better in my assessment. This is the most important factor why I prefer the movie over the novel. Clearly, the movie gives the audience a more feel good experience at the end.
Monday, April 3, 2017
Batman: Arkham Knight is a 2015 action-adventure video game developed by Rocksteady Studios and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows. Based on the DC Comics superhero Batman, it is the successor to the 2013 video game Batman: Arkham Origins, and the fourth main installment in the Batman: Arkham series. Arkham Knight was released worldwide on June 23, 2015.
Written by Sefton Hill, Ian Ball and Martin Lancaster, Arkham Knight is based on the franchise's long-running comic book mythos. Set one year after the events of 2011's Batman: Arkham City, the game's main storyline follows Batman as he confronts Scarecrow, who has launched an attack on Gotham City, causing a city-wide evacuation. Scarecrow, with the help of the mysterious Arkham Knight, is also able to unite Batman's greatest foes in an attempt to finally destroy Batman.
The game is presented from a third-person perspective, with a primary focus on Batman's melee combat, stealth abilities, detective skills, and gadgets. Arkham Knight also introduces the Batmobile as a playable vehicle, which is used for transportation, puzzle solving and combat. The game expands Batman's arsenal of gadgets and combat attacks and offers a more open world structure, allowing the player to complete side missions away from the primary storyline.
The console versions of Arkham Knight received positive reviews, particularly for its narrative, visuals, gameplay, combat, and world designs, with most criticism given to the emphasis on the Batmobile. The Windows version, however, became the subject of intense criticism due to major performance problems, even on high-end graphics hardware, prompting Warner Bros. to temporarily withdraw that version of the game from sale. Upon its release, the game was the fastest selling game of 2015, and the fastest selling game in the Arkham series, reaching over 5 million units sold globally by October 2015. Rocksteady released additional content for the game, including story-driven missions, challenge maps, and skins for Batman and his allies, as well as new Batmobiles from Batman's history and custom racetracks for them.