Review of Pete’s Dragon

Possible minor or major spoilers:

Last night, I watched Pete’s Dragon, the live adaptation. This was my first time ever experiencing the story. I love how they showed how Pete became an orphan. When Pete met Elliott for the first, I love how the dragon seemed to start to connect with the boy.

This movie is about a orphaned boy named Pete and his relationship with Elliott, a dragon. The dragon raised Elliott after Pete lost his parents due to a car accident. So Pete was raised in the woods by a dragon. This two characters have a really close bond. The dragon looked very realistic.

I love how even though the dragon never spoke, I love how you can feel some of the dragon’s emotions. Elliot acted worried when he couldn’t find Pete or looked lonely when he was missing his lost family. I love the relationship that Pete made with the family that discovered him in the woods and eventually let him live with them. But all Pete wanted was just to be with Elliott, but he eventually bonded nicely with that family.

I did not like how the antagonist wanted to capture Elliott at all. He believed the dragon was not very nice. But at the end, he realized that Elliott is actually a good dragon. There were intense scenes where you felt worried for Pete and for Elliott. One place was when Pete was away from Elliott and trying to run back to be with Elliott. Another place was when that antagonist and his hunters attacked Elliott. Even though it was a Disney movie, you still felt worried during certain scenes.

At the end of the movie, I loved how Pete finally had a family and how Elliott found the family he once lost. I absolutely loved the plot of this family. The plot was incredible due to the bond that Elliott and Pete had. I loved the bond that Pete made with the family that eventually became his own. There was loads of conflict involved especially after Elliott got captured.

This movie made an incredible forest. I love how when the dragon was flying, you could feel like you were flying too. Elliott’s flying truly made him feel like a dragon. He was a dragon who obviously had feelings and had some human qualities in him. I loved how Pete truly cared about Elliott and was worried about him when Pete was away from him.

Musicals Representing You

As many know I am a massive musical fan. I do feel like the meaningful musicals of my life represent who I am. Trying to describe the reason why I believe that way is like untangling a ball of yarn or trying to find a needle in a haystack. The meaningful musicals in a way show what kinds of things you are literally drawn to. The emotional connection is what makes you drawn to the characters, songs, and plot lines.

Some of the meaningful musicals have aspects that I actually relate to. In Wicked for instance, I have a very personal relationship with Elphaba. I see a lot of myself in Elphaba. That is one why in which Wicked represents who I am. It even shows I am drawn to stories about a strong friendship. In this musical, I am also drawn to a love triangle, which is so fascinating and adds even more texture. This musical does show that I am drawn more to complex plots compared to simple plots. Wicked shows I am also drawn to spectacle and dance-natured musicals and shows I love fantasy worlds.

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Than there is Rent. That musical in a lot of ways does represent who I am. It shows how accepting I am. It shows I love a feeling of community and shows that I love life. It shows that I love having a close knit group of friends.

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Of course, there is Les Mis. It took me a while to know why I was emotionally drawn to it. The first time with the movie, I didn’t even know how to respond due to being shocked and confused due to realizing it was a tragedy while watching it. The second round, I knew there was something special about Les Mis. I really wanted to know why it makes me feel uplifted. One thing in this musical that describes me is that I have a deep connection to those living in poverty and Les Mis is clearly focused on that community.

Les Mis also shows that I tend to be drawn to complex plots. Just like Wicked, I am drawn to a love triangle as well. The love triangle in Les Mis adds an amazing texture and emotional nature to the show. I am even drawn to Valjean’s journey to redemption of becoming a better person and continuing to grow in spirit. Even the uprising is something I am drawn to especially due to the relationship found between all the different students and their passion.

The musical shows that I am drawn to things that are connected to spirituality. I have a strong spirit and Les Mis is home to this incredible underlying spirituality. The spirituality is what I am emotionally connected to and why I am not sick and tired of the musical by now. If the spirituality was never discovered, than the show would feel too depressing.

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I even love Beauty and the Beast and that one is meaningful as well. Each of the musicals I have said so far seem have a romantic aspect. When I saw the 2017 movie version of Beauty and the Beast,  I realized that I am a lot like Belle. I am a bit of a bookworm and am quite different. I don’t tend to judge beauty from the outside, but from the inside. Belle learns that through the Beast. It shows I am someone who loves Disney. I feel like romance in Disney shows some magic especially because of young couples.

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Even in the case of Annie, it shows I am an optimistic person. It even shows I am a caring person as well. Annie takes in a stray dog and adopts him and cares about Molly.

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Another meaningful musical is Newsies. This is another Disney musical. It shows I am someone who tends to love dance in a musical. I am emotionally drawn to all of the Newsies due to their relationship. It shows I tend to be drawn to plot about people standing up for what they believe in and that aspect is also shown through Wicked and Les Mis.

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One more meaningful musical of my life is Sound of Music. It shows I love the importance of family. It shows that I have a love for music.

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Of all the meaningful musicals, they share some things in common. They all provide me with an emotional connection. The emotional connection is key to many things in a musical. Loving the songs mean you have an emotional connection to the material. All of the meaningful musicals are joyful. Above are some of the meaningful musicals of my life.

Do you believe meaningful musicals represent who you are?

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True Value of the Negative Musical Emotions

I already talked about on this blog about the importance of the negative emotions in the musical world. When I mean negative emotion, I am talking about the emotions found in the songs. Understanding the negative emotions is quite tricky and quite difficult to work with.

The negative emotions do hurt in the world of musicals. So what makes them an emotion worth feeling? The negative emotions may hurt, but in many ways, they are quite beneficial to a musical experience. It is easier to have an emotional connection to a character who expresses negative emotions due to amount of conflict that is part of their lives. There are some musical characters like Elphaba and Jack Kelly that you don’t experience negative emotions from them right away and already can have an emotional connection. There are some musical characters who mainly feel negative emotions throughout the entire show and you still have an emotional connection to them.

There are two ways to experience joy through the negative emotions. The first is you having an appreciation of feeling them in the first place. The second is found through any bittersweet moment. Those are moments like “For Good” and “A Little Fall of Rain”. The only way to understand joy in the bittersweet moments is to understand the characters who are part of those songs. “For Good” for instance is the moment where Elphaba and Glinda reunite with each other again, but its the last time they will see each other. I don’t view the song as a heartbreaking song even though it is a goodbye song. It is important to understand the relationship between Elphaba and Glinda because their friendship is core to Wicked.

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Another bittersweet moment is in Les Mis, which is “A Little Fall of Rain”. Now this song is heartbreaking, but still bittersweet. I know where the joy easily comes from in this song. This is the main moment of Eponine’s life where she is truly happy. Yes, it her death scene, but this is actually the happiest moment of her life. Its not because she is dying, but because she is dying the arms of Marius. If you don’t understand Eponine at all, it is nearly impossible to understand the joy of this song. She lived a very tragic life having to be raised by parents who don’t even care about her and raised her to be a criminal. She doesn’t have many good things happen in her life. In this scene, I am happy that Eponine finally is happy for once in her life. It is very important to understand how much Eponine loves Marius to understand the joy found in this scene.

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I love sad the most when it goes beyond the mild levels of that emotion. It starts at songs like “Santa Fe” from Newsies. But heartbreak is a very special degree of sad, which is an emotion which was once unidentifiable. Sad was an emotion that existed when I was younger and it did have some understanding, but I hardly remember what the emotion was like. I do remember it being in “I’m Not That Girl” and “For Good”.

Heartbreak decided to exist in musicals in the most unexpected of ways. Good thing I already knew that sad was already existent and common in the musical world. It decided to enter my life through a heartbreaking musical. Growing up, I believed that all musicals were happy and comic because thats all I knew.

So I was quite surprised when I saw the Les Mis movie and that was when I realized heartbreak is a musical emotion. This was in December of 2012 and my journey began with Les Mis that same year, but did not become a true fan until early 2013. Its just when I realized Les Mis was a tragedy that I was thinking “is this a tragedy and I was like wait a minute, tragic musicals exist” and as a result watched the rest of the movie in shock and confusion and by the end “I was thinking did I just like a tragedy”, but still didn’t know if I liked it or not.

The true value of feeling the negative emotions comes from the fact that is shows that you care about musical characters. It shows a sense of sympathy and even sense of empathy and it shows that you have an emotional connection. Sad in the form of heartbreak is so wonderful. Heartbreak is stronger then an ordinary sad song. Heartbreak is a main emotion in the world of musicals. Whether that is in South Pacific, Wicked, Cats, Les Mis, Phantom of the Opera, or Rent, the negative emotions are worth it. The only time I honestly get nothing out of the negative emotions is when I see a musical that I don’t end up liking.

Heartbreak is an emotion that is full of fragility, honesty, insight and vulnerability. Due to heartbreak being existent, I quickly realized how much easier it was to pick up on the negative emotions in other musicals and even made it easier to pick up on inner conflict as well. The song “I’m Not That Girl” for instance changed from being a sad song to being a heartbreaking song and that is one of the best things that ever happened because it strengthened Wicked’s love triangle.

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I wouldn’t have realized “I’m Not That Girl” was heartbreaking if that emotion never decided to make itself known and glad I was able to realize the song was heartbreaking thanks to the help of “On My Own”, a more heartbreaking and stronger unrequited love song. Since the emotions of “On My Own” are much more obvious, it helped me understand the emotions of “I’m Not That Girl”. Due to “I’m Not That Girl” and “On My Own” being two unrequited love songs and due to one being more heartbreaking than the other, it shows that even heartbreak can be layered. Both songs share some common emotions like heartbreak and loneliness. “I’m Not That Girl” doesn’t have room to be fully heartbreaking since Elphaba just found out she loves Fiyero literally just moments before she sings that song, but it does have great insight built in to it. Both “On My Own” and “I’m Not That Girl” go beyond the unrequited love.

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Les Mis and Wicked are two musicals that I have a strong emotional connection to and feeling the negative emotions in each are worth it due to my love for each of them and my emotional connection to the material. Another realization came from “Memory”. I always knew about “Memory”, but it was one of those songs where I don’t know if I knew its emotion or not. I knew I always loved the song, but through “I Dreamed a Dream”, “Memory” decided to be a heartbreaking song. What makes a song heartbreaking is based off of how you interpret a song. The value of the negative emotions comes from the fact that you are showing that you care.

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If it wasn’t for Les Mis, the negative emotions wouldn’t have changed the way they did. The realization of heartbreak made the negative emotions even more worth feeling. It shows a sense of relationship and shows a sense of understanding. Les Mis was able to show me that heartbreak is an actual musical emotion. The negative emotions are tough to work with due to just how much they can actually hurt. There are other negative emotions besides the obvious sad and heartbreak.

The hardest negative emotion to work with is uncomfortable. That mainly happens in “Lovely Ladies”, but due to understanding the importance of the scene, I learned to tolerate it and feeling uncomfortable in that scene is highly important. In Les Mis, if you don’t understand Fantine, you will feel so lost in the plot. Anger is another negative emotion, which is an emotion that is part of conflict. Without the negative emotions, characters would feel less real. Theatre is a safe place to discover negative emotions. While the negative emotions do hurt, it is worth feeling them if you have a strong emotional connection and a love for the songs. If you fall in love with the songs, you do find yourself falling in love with the emotions.

The negative emotions have changed a lot over the years. Heartbreak was what drastically changed the emotion. It made me understand negative emotions in a more empathetic way and in a more beautiful way. Heartbreak shows strength. It is so difficult to describe the negative emotions since they vary so much in what they are capable of. They have an incredible amount of beauty, fragility, vulnerability, insight, honest, and strength. To be a true musical fan includes understanding the negative emotions.

In you opinion, what is the true value of the negative musical emotions?

“For Good” Analysis

In my personal opinion, the most emotional song in Wicked is “For Good”, a bittersweet duet between Elphaba and Glinda. The song is even more emotional than the heartbreaking “I’m Not That Girl”. One of the most unique things about Wicked is that it is about the friendship between Elphaba and Glinda. It has two strong, complex, and young women and it follows their relationship. These two girls start out as extremely reluctant roommates and eventually became the best of friends. Their friendship starts after they bonded at a school dance.

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They do find themselves both in love with Fiyero. At first, Elphaba has unrequited love for Fiyero. She didn’t realize that she fell in love with Fiyero until right before “I’m Not That Girl”. Through a plot twist, the unrequited love shifts to Glinda.

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In act II, Fiyero breaks up with Glinda after hearing people say rude comments about Elphaba. He just couldn’t believe that she is sticking with them. Glinda does not like hearing the rude comments either, but she doesn’t want to lose her popularity. This is when Fiyero realizes that he loves Elphaba. Sometimes I wonder about Fiyero. I am beginning to think that he had a crush on Elphaba without even realizing it. I found clues right before “I’m Not That Girl” and clues right after that scene that makes you wonder if he has loved Elphaba before he broke up with Glinda.

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“For Good” happens at about the very end of Wicked. This is the last time Elphaba and Glinda will see each other. They realized that they changed each others lives for the better. The song is quite emotional, bittersweet and very powerful. They are literally saying what they mean to each other. They know that they were never forget each other.This is the song where everything comes together.

Throughout Wicked, you realize that Elphaba was never wicked, but just misunderstood. Elphaba has a big heart who is smart, determined, talkative, and passionate. Glinda is quite funny and popular who feels privileged. The core of Wicked is the relationship between these two girls. That is why “For Good” is the most emotional song in Wicked. The last time I Saw Wicked, which was my fourth time, I cried during “For Good” because the Elphaba and Glinda were that brilliant.

 

 

Memorable Musical Relationships That Are Not Romantic

When people tend to think of a musical relationship, they tend to think of the romance. But what about all the other special relationships. Listed below is a list of some of the memorable musical relationships that are not romantic.

  1. Elphaba and Glinda-Wicked
  2. Newsies- Newsies
  3. Jack and Crutchie- Newsies
  4. Enjolras, Marius, Gavroche and the students- Les Mis
  5. Valjean and Cosette-Les Mis

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All of these relationships help develop the storyline. They show that relationships don’t always need to be romantic. The story in Wicked is revolved around the friendship that Elphaba and Glinda have for each and it starts out with them as extremely reluctant roommates and they eventually become the best of friends.

Newsies has two special relationships in my opinion. There is the relationship among all the Newsies and it is special because they are basically one big family with Jack the leader of them all .Many of the Newsies are homeless, orphans, or runaways. However the most intimate relationship in Newsies is the one between Jack and Crutchie. Cruthcie has a bum leg and Jack has such a special relationship to Crutchie and is worried that Crutchie will be sent to the refuge. Crutchie is basically Jack’s best friend and Jack feels protective of Crutchie knowing just how vulnerable Crutchie is.

In Les Mis, there are two highly important non-romantic relationships. The first is the one between Valjean and Cosette. Out of unexpected circumstances, Valjean has to care for Cosette after her mother dies. Both Valjean and Cosette are broken on the inside and they basically help heal each other. Valjean faced a lot of trauma in prison and Cosette faced a lot of horrible abuse from the Thenardiers. As a matter of fact, Cosette was first person Valjean learned to love after being released from prison.

The second Les Mis non-romantic relationship that is important is the one between all the different students. Like the Newsies, the students in Les Mis have a brotherly love for each other. They are this political group who stand up for what they believe in due to the weak government and they decide to plan an uprising. The leader of them all is Enjolras, who is the most passionate about this group. They basically take in Gavroche, a heroic and brave street urchin, and they treat him like he is part of the group and allow him to take part in the uprising.

Reflection of Newsies and Wicked

The musicals of 2016 are Wicked and Newsies.

This would be my fourth time seeing Wicked. Seeing Wicked this year was quite special because 2016 marked the tenth year that the musical has been part of my life. In addition, I had the wonderful opportunity to see the musical with my school. I look up to Elphaba because I admire her courage and strength. She is a smart, determined, talkative, big-hearted, different girl who believes in equality and staying true to herself and those characteristics are part of who I am.

I knew Wicked would still be spectacular the moment I entered the auditorium. I saw this glowing green light shining through the entrance and I was transported to OZ. As long as I feel transported to OZ before the show begins, I know the show will be spectacular. The dragon and the map also help transport you to OZ. The spectacle ranges from a lavish set to colorful costumes to the dancing. The spectacle of Wicked truly helps bring the land of OZ to life and it is so believable.

At this showing of Wicked, I felt the most vulnerable. I saw an excellent Elphaba and Glinda and truly saw their dislike for each other during “What is This Feeling” and was able to see their friendship they had for each other. Glinda was absolutely hilarious especially during “Popular”, but at the same time was able to see the pain she feels in the second act.

The song, “I’m Not That Girl had an emotional shift this time around. It would be the first time seeing Wicked live that I would view the song as a heartbreaking song. Between the third time I saw the show and this time, I finally learned that “I’m Not That Girl” was a heartbreaker and due to that realization, it made me explore the scene in a new light. Just like “On My Own” from Les Mis, “I’m Not That Girl” is an unrequited love song.

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I was surprised that I got something out of “No Good Deed”. I always hated that song and never looked forward to that scene. I was able to finally appreciate the song and I even was able to pick up on the emotions and sense its wonderful energy. The song ended up being a song dealing with anger and frustration. Due to finally remembering and feeling the emotions of this song, it made me feel more vulnerable with Wicked.

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But “For Good” was the moment I truly know how incredible Elphaba and Glinda were. That scene was sung and acted so well that I was reduced to tears. The core of this musical is truly about the deep friendship between Glinda and Elphaba, which is why “For Good” needs to truly move your heart and soul.

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Newsies is a Disney, dance-filled musical and it was the first time I would see the show.  Newsies is the real-life story of the 1899 Newsboy strike. Pulitzer raised the Newsies distribution price to 60 cents per one hundred papers. Most of these Newsies are either orphans, runaways, or homeless and they have to live off of the money they make from the papers. They even are not able to sell back their papers. That is why raising the distribution price is unfair to the Newsies. As a result, the Newsies went on strike and later would rally the other New York Newsies.

The dancing of Newsies was mind-blowing. The cast was basically all boys. They were doing tap, ballet, and different forms of dance. They were jumping high up in the air, jumping over each other, doing flips, sliding under each other, and dancing on top of newspapers. The dance alone was worth the price of the ticket. That was just how mind-blowing the dancing was.

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I loved how the Newsies formed this one family. They all have this incredible bond. You first learn of the incredible bond found between Jack Kelly and Crutchie. Their friendship is so close and deep and that is where my emotional connection truly was. Jack is the leader of the Newsies and Crutchie has a bum leg and has to get around with the aid of a crutch.

In addition, Jack Kelly is the protagonist and is also an incredible artist and is like father to the rest of the Newsies. He has this deep yearning to leave New York and head to Santa Fe, but he also truly loves his Newsies family.

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The set in Newsies was basically these three big towers which could change shape and is basically like a big jungle gym. My favorite song from Newsies was “Seize the Day” and the show was so good that I hope to eventually own the soundtrack. Newsies even made my favorite musical list, which are the musicals that are meaningful to me.

Both Wicked and Newsies had dance and were both happy musicals. They both shared the emotions of joy, love, excitement, and sad. In Wicked, the negative emotions had more of a vulnerable feel while in Newsies sad felt more innocent. This year, Newsies was the more inexperienced musical, which is why sad had this innocent feeling.

Special Bond of Jack Kelly and Crutchie

My emotional bond from Newsies was created when I fell in love with the special bond that Jack Kelly and Crutchie have. Jack truly cares about Crutchie and is fully aware of how vulnerable he is due to a bum leg. It is very much like a brotherly love and a deep friendship.

You first meet both characters in the opening scene. It was during the song “Santa Fe (Prologue). Here you learn about Jack’s dream of leaving New York and go to Santa Fe. He was talking to Crutchie that maybe he could go with him. Jack believes that if he gets some fresh air in Santa Fe that Crutchie will be off of his crutch. Jack looks after him and they sleep on the same rooftop together. You even are aware that Jack does not want Crutchie to be sent to the refuge because Jack knows just how bad a place it is and considering the fact that Cruthcie has a bum leg, Cruthcie will be quite vulnerable there. At this point “Santa Fe” is more of a hopeful song.

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But later in act one, this big fight breaks out. All throughout act one, you realize that Synder is trying to take Jack back to the refuge. This big fight breaks out soon after the Manhattan Newsies begin their strike. It is them against the Delancy brothers and the police forces. Jack witnesses Crutchie being arrested and knows that Cruthcie will be sent to the refuge. This absolutely saddens Jack and he reflects again on Santa Fe.

This time he sing “Santa Fe” alone, which is a sad song when Jack realized that the reason the fight happened was due to the strike. Jack knows he wants to end the strike as soon as possible even though he does not want to abandon his Newsies family. Seeing Crutchie being arrested and the big fight, this leaves Jack with a lot of inner conflict and you can clearly see that throughout the second act.