I saw Gigi-Hawaii's movie review for Mao's Last Dancer. It is the story of a Chinese ballet dancer, Li Cunxin who defects to the west. We'd also seen an interview in the Star Advertiser of the dancer from Hawaii who plays Li Cunxin's first wife. However, a movie review in the Sunday paper gave the movie only 2.5 stars. It had nothing really bad to say about it, but gave it low marks anyway.
Art and I decided to make a day of it. We stopped by the police station and dropped off some cucumber pickles that my mom wanted to make for her favorite son. Then we drove to Kahala Mall to see the movie. There were quite a few people for the 2:15 matinee. I wanted to make sure we were getting the senior discount as Art was paying. Ummm... she'd already given it to us. What? Didn't she want to check my ID?
I see why the movie got a 2.5 rating. There are no real antagonists. The movie is adapted from Li Cunxin's book and he doesn't relate anything really bad about anybody. There's no tension in the movie, just a lot of good feelings about overcoming adversities to become one of the world's best dancers. I'd love to meet him. He sounds like a great guy. I can see why he is a motivational speaker. I loved seeing the beautiful ballet sequences. My mother was sobbing at the end and pronounced the movie absolutely, totally wonderful!
Since we wanted to avoid the rush hour traffic on the way home, we stopped in Kaimuki and went to the Maguro (Japanese) restaurant again for dinner. My mother hadn't been there in a long while since it's so far from where we live. (We're used to Hawaii distances now.) We all had the teishoku butterfish and loved it.
Then we headed home and my mother pronounced it an excellent day! This rainbow followed us home. I love happy endings.
Some days are like this.