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Memoirs of a Geisha: A Review

I watched the film of this some time ago not realising it was a book and therefore accidentally breaking my don’t watch before reading rule. But I’ve finally read the book and having done so I’m pleased I watched the film first.

memoira of a geishaThe beginning of the book gives a very rich and more understandable history to Sayuri’s life and how she ended up in the Geisha home but doesn’t drag or weigh down the story. There’s a lot of description and culture that’s very interesting that complements what’s in the film, explaining some of the different things we see without going over the top.

I loved the way she looked at the world, her innocence and simple desire to live life in a happy way. It wasn’t an easy life and she often had to work hard for what she wanted but she was inspiring.

I also really liekd the last part. It elaborated much more than the film did on her relationship with the Chairman and his friend Nobu, making her decisions feel mroe real and in character than the film did.

My one problem with the book was actually finding out it was entirely fictional. Both the film and the beginning of the book imply heavily that the main character is a real person and the book’s story really happened. I found myself feeling quite upset when the back mentioned that it was fictional.

Although it doesn’t change that the book is good, it changed how inspiring the book is in a real world context and is something I find I really don’t like about some books. It’s now the third that’s really made me feel gutted that it wasn’t true after implying that it was and I wish authors would stop doing it.

Wolverine: A Review

I know this isn’t going to be out at the cinema much longer but I’ve not reviewed a film in ages despite seeing quite a few (they’re on their way, honest)

So the trailor for this film implied that wolverine was headed to Japan cause he was restless and didn’t quite know what he was going to do with himself and some dude decided to teach him how to be a samurai on top of his already awesome adamantine claws.

This had me quite excited but what I didn’t realise is that this was an after x-men film not a pre x-men film. so for the first bit I was confused. Thankfully I soon worked it out.

Wolverine starts the film doing what he does best. Loner in the middle of no where despensing justice on local idiots when he sees fit in the manner he sees fit.

There’s plenty of awesome Wolverine moments and they are set to continue. We also get shown a flashback of some guy he saved in what I think was a nuclear bomb blast in Japan, who turns out to be a samurai.

So Wolverine gets summoned to Japan when this guy is on his death bed as a sort of thank you, but soon gets caught up in family politics. Let’s face it, it’s Wolverine, and there’s a damsel in distress.

The film has plenty of action and plenty of fights as you’d expect with Logan around and most of these do feature samurai swords. However, I was very dissapointed to find that, despite the picture of him holding one (right), he never actually gets to do any samurai fighting. There’s a hot red hed chick that gets to and a few others but he himself only touched a samurai sword, once, and that seems to have been back when he saved the guys life.

The closest Wolverine gets to a sword fight is this (left). But I guess it is a pretty epic fight so we can allow him that.

In terms of plot, it’s not great and not that original but it’s a Marvel action film so it can be forgiven for some of that lack.

It’s also way better than the Wolvering origins film, better than x-men 3 and possibly better than x-men 2.

If you do go see it you should also wait until part way through the credits. Some very cool stuff happens and is very much worth a minute or two’s wait to see.