Yesterday was an experience I will never forget. As the car stopped and pulled into the parking lot, we sprinted towards the movie theater with a sense of urgency, afraid of missing the opening of the movie. However, deep down, I held little to no expectations for it, expecting it to be another boring Pixar animation movie with no suspense whatsoever. I expected "Elementals" to be no different. After hurrying up 2-3 flights of stairs and panting excessively, we had finally reached the top of the Marine Gateway. Upon entering, we immediately spotted Maria, who greeted us and bought us food and refreshments. Then, it was time. We found our movie and walked in. Luckily, the movie hadn't started yet, which gave us time to find our seats. Just as I settled into my seat, the movie started. Immediately, I was shocked. The screen came to life as vibrant colors filled it, and the atmosphere in the room grew electric, filling it with laughter. Everyone in the theater was left in awe.
Aside from the great comedy, the movie reflects inequalities in the real world. One example in "Elemental" is clear right from the opening of the movie as Bernie Lumen and his wife are seen fleeing their own land and entering Element City, where privileged water citizens travel freely in their slick transportation built for all elements except fire. Throughout the whole movie, the main character, Ember, and her people constantly deal with discrimination in the big city, leaving them no choice but to reside in a small part of the city called Firetown. Watching this made me think about our society where some people are facing the same struggles as Ember. This may be a fictional movie, but these struggles are anything but fictional.