My take on Houdini’s Magic Ticket
I don’t usually do a lot of memes. It gets repetitive to read the same thing on dozens of blogs and it feels a bit “meh”.
However recently there was one at top 10 films that looked so fun that I just couldn’t resist participating.
The blogathon is called Houdini’s Magic Ticket. Inspired by the movie Last Action Hero, the idea is that you have a magic ticket that can transport you into any film you like.
Got the idea? Let’s see where the journey will take the lady of the café. Bring on the questions!
What character would I most like to be sat next to on a plane?
Sherlock Holmes. I’m sure he’d have a great number of stories from his life to share; he could give me an impressive performance telling me details about the lives of the other passengers based on ridiculously small details no one else would notice. And besides – if any problem would occur, such as malevolent passengers, people getting ill or machinery malfunctioning, I’m sure he’d find up a solution thanks to his superior mind.
What character would I most want to enjoy a passionate romance with?
I think that would be Mr Darcy (preferably as played by Colin Firth). He’s sincere, honest, intelligent, kind hearted and deep down passionate, despite his stiff British appearance. Besides he’s filthy rich. What more could you wish for?
If I were a cop who would I want as my partner?
Captain Jean-Luc Picard. He can be a bit grumpy at times, but I’m sure we’d get along. He’d know what to do. Always. And in case of doubt we could always consult the Starfleet code of ethics.
What animated feature would I love to walk around in?
I’ve seen excellent choices from other bloggers such as Finding Nemo, Avatar and Spirited Away. But wanting to find something of my own I’ll go for The Lion King. I’ve been to Africa once, and the trip included a safari in Serengeti. It’s a journey I’ll never forget and I’ll always want to go back. Back to where we came from.
What adventure based on Earth would I most like to go on?
In a shrinking world I can’t help longing back to the days when travelling were slower and more adventurous. It was a world where you didn’t get jet lag because you travelled so slowly that there was time to adjust to the different time zones. It was a world when you actually could see something of the world as you crossed it – not just the clouds covering it. Hence my choice is: Around the World in 80 Days.
What adventure based in an otherworldly, fantasy-based location would I most like to go on?
My first thought was The Lord of the Rings, but at a second thought: would I really, really like to be a part of that adventure? Killing orcs on a battle field? I don’t think that’s quite my thing to be honest.
Being a science fiction fan at heart, a space adventure would appear to be a natural choice. But for this one I’ll pick a different kind of space, namely Innerspace. Ever since I was a child I’ve been intrigued by the idea of travelling inside a body.
What movie gadget would I love to try out (or steal)?
That’s an easy one! A holodeck, of course!
I’m basically not a huge fan of it as a part of the Star Trek universe. As a matter of fact it’s pretty awful. When you see the holodeck appearing in the beginning of an episode you face two alternatives. In best case it’s just a pretty boring small introduction scene, which soon will be over. And once the signature tunes out the action in the real world will take over. You’re safe. In worst case you’re about to watch one of those horrible episodes that never leaves the holodeck, taking place in some point in the past of Earth. It’s a stinker and it’s low budget and every season has one or two of them.
But for my personal use I’d love to have access to one. It would grant any possible wish. I could meet any person of my choice – dead, alive or imagined. I could go to every place in the universe and I could visit any time there ever was. The only downside is that it has a tendency of malfunctioning at worst possible moment. But that wouldn’t happen to me of course!
What film’s plot would I alter and how would I do it?
OK, most of this meme is very lighthearted. And a lighthearted answer would be that I think Anthony Andrews should marry Olivia Hussey in Ivanhoe rather than that blonde girl.
But this is where I’ll go serious in my reply, and I hope you can take it. I’ll soon get back to silliness, OK? But for this one – I wish with all my heart that I could wave my magical wand and change the ending of United 93. I wish the plane could land safely and that no one died. Not in the movie, nor in the real world. I wish the bodies never fell from WTC. I wish the towers still appeared in every new movie from New York. I wish that 9/11 never happened and the world was like it used to be
What one film would I most want to be transported into, simply to be a part of that world?
The Lord of the Rings is on my mind, as always. The Shire before or after the war seems like a nice place to be. There’s a reason why I reread the series every three years. I feel at home there. Harry Potter would obviously be a choice too, considering my unfulfilled desire to go to a boarding school. However: since I’m writing this a gloomy day in the end of October I think I’ll go for something a little different and probably a little bit unexpected.
You see: I need a vacation. I crave for sun, blue water, beautiful, simple white houses, delicious food and a glass of ouzo as the sun goes down over the Mediterranean. A life void of worries, filled with love, friendship, laughter and music.
So my final ticket would go to the island of Mamma Mia!
And that’s it, folks! If you want see answers from other blogs, go to the original post at Top 10 Films, where there’s a list over all participants.