Three major lessons about family from Finding Dory

Have you watched furious “Warcraft” yet? If you don’t like the warring style, check out this family cartoon like Finding Dory. Once again, I enjoyed the movie voucher from Major Cineplex by Cellcard, with Rain and Kaly, especially for her belated birthday gift. Despite its common theme, the sequel still conveys new meanings to us.

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Unconditional Love – It’s one thing to be parents. It’s another to raise a forgetful kid like Dory. You may find it tiresome just to keep her remembering everything she says and has done. But only unconditional love can make living with her more interesting, despite such fatigue to keep up with her. By the way, how do would you remember an act of unconditional love by your parents?!

Family by Experience – More often than not, “family” is defined by blood. Rarely does its definition find an experiential context. In the case of “Finding Dory”, she treats Nemo and Marlin as her family, after all they’ve gone through in the prequel. Oh yeah, it dated back some ten years ago and I hope you still remember the plot! Is there anyone in your life you’d consider part of your family, regardless of your genealogy?

Return to the Roots – I’ve grown up to believe that two essences in life identify a person: roots and experience. No matter what experience one lives, it’s equally important to recall their origin. There is a reason for us to be born that way. If you cannot find one, make one up! For Dory, her roots remain in her brain so much that these help lead her to her long-lost parents. What memories of your origin would be you proud of?

Rating: 08/10

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Warcraft with three blueprints of leadership

After the action-comedy animation, Ninja Turtles sequel, let’s switch our attention to fantasy-action Warcraft. This time, I enjoyed the movie, with the generous vouchers from Major Cineplex by Cellcard, the exclusive cinema for Pram Ang. As my nephew Rain happened to follow this cartoon on mobile before, I made some sense for me to see it with him. I needed to thank the G-rating, which I somehow suspected! As expected, I came out with a few interesting tips about leadership.

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Leadership by love – This is probably the most popular style of leadership, exercised by Durotan. He is the leader of an orc clan who fights against the fel magic-corrupted orc Gul’Dan. His main reason fort this fight and quasi-possible alliance with the human army is to protect his kind from perishing of evil wills. His personal reason is his own family, especially his newborn son. If one needs respecting, then, love others as much as they do, just like Durotan!

Leadership by loyalty – Maybe I should call this “followership”. Yet, Anduin seems to be second-in-command, after the King of Azeroth Himself. He dares to do everything to protect Him, even if this latter is killed in the battle with the orcs. The King’s security seems to prevail over his own. This makes sense why all the human forces follow him in turn. Following is not that bad after all, if one knows “what”, not “who”, exactly they follow!

Leadership by power – If one doesn’t know how to love or follow, Gul’dan might be a perfect example of such leadership. He seems to defeat Durotan magically, but not physically or legitimately. Most orcs obey to  him for his dark power and lethal threats. Believe it or not, such human command is also found in Cambodia, where fear has remained engrained in our head and even heart for the last three decades.

Rating: 07/10

Three Lessons about Team Spirit You Can Learn from Ninja Turtles – Out of the Shadow

How the funny mood went on after Jazz 4G! The other day was marked with this new American blockbuster: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Out of the Shadows. Wait, it is not really American as this ninja turtles sequel was produced in association with Alibaba Pictures, China Film Group and HuaXia Film. The storyline has brought a whole new game about the team spirit. Below are three lessons you can learn from this action comedy.

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Personal Identities – Although team work proves to make the most out of every member, it is the differences of each ninja turtle that make their strengths. Of course, Leonardo is elected the leader for his great discipline and spirituality. Raphael is found rebellious, aggressive and sensitive to external experiences. Michelangelo adds the comic spice to the team. Donatello is known to be the master brain of the four mutants.

Leadership by Instinct – At one point of the plot, Leo decides not to turn into humans even if this is made possible by the mutagen. He may sound harsh and uncaring to his brothers. Yet, deep down, he does not want to become something else than his own kind. It almost takes a lethal battle with Raphael and Michelangelo until these latter accept who they have been. So no matter what you can become, your roots will remain unchanged.

Guiding Coach – You may have heard of this African proverb, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together”. I suppose you can go far and fast, with a wise coach, like Splinter. Across the movie and series, he provides wisdom and spiritual guidance, with as little involvement as possible. Needless to say, he knows how to protect himself with his oriental martial arts, whenever needed!

Rating: 08/10