Been putting off festive movies for too long- Today I finally watched The Polar Express and New Year’s Eve. Wanted to watch both movies on Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve respectively as I was travelling around that time, but my plans failed, obviously.

I would say New Year’s Eve was a very light-hearted movie. It speaks hope. In the past I have already known that it was a movie about little little pieces of people’s lives on the last day of the year, but seeing how at the end of the movie it comes together nicely, was amazing. Most of all it helped me see that how everyone has a different story, experience different things, but human beings are also intertwined, we come together to celebrate the hope of a new year, same place, same time.

There was also many, high profile, elaborate quotes. The part that got to me most was Clarie Morgan’s Ball drop speech: “It’s suspended there to remind us before we pop the champagne and celebrate the New Year, to stop and reflect on the year that has gone by. To remember both our triumphs and our missteps – our promises made, and broken. The times we opened ourselves up to great adventures – or closed ourselves down, for fear of getting hurt. Because that’s what New Year’s is all about: getting another chance. A chance to forgive, to do better, to do more, to give more, to love more. And stop worrying about ‘what if’ and start embracing what would be. So when that ball drops at midnight – and it will drop – let’s remember to be nice to each other, kind to each other. And not just tonight but all year long.”

And this one: “Sometimes it feels like there are so many things in this world we can’t control. Earthquakes, floods, reality shows…but it’s important to remember the things that we can. Like forgiveness, second chances, fresh starts. Because the one thing that turns the world from the longing place to a beautiful place…is love. Love and any of its forms. Love gives us hope…hope for the New Year.”

Sounds cliché isn’t it. It’s almost like the standard model starter pack for encouraging someone, these words have been used so many times ever since the movie was made (2012). Yet it still speaks to me fresher than ever.

They also have a lot of funny and relatable quotes. One quote I found really amusing was when Randy said: “Another thing that chaps my ass about the holiday season is all the fake niceness. Like today, I received 50 text messages with a generic ‘Happy New Year’, from people who had sent it to their entire address book. Most of them I haven’t heard from since last year.”

HAHAH. It was so funny cos we’re cooking our New Year’s Eve dinner at that time and during that day my Russian friend sent out so many well wishes and messages back home to her friends! Cos New Year is a big thing in Russia. But of course, every message is customised. Whereas the messages I’ve received, they’re not customised at all hahaha so I wonder if people really did hit ‘broadcast message’ in their address book. 🤡