Thursday, February 10, 2011

Mona Lisa's Smile

Julia Roberts fits the title perfectly.

If my memory did not fail me, this movie hit the big screens many years ago. I don’t know about the boys who have seen this but for girls, I believe this movie speaks a lot. Unlike those days, girls today are more liberated from the stereotypical role of being a housemaker and other domesticated tasks while men are the breadwinners. Yet, this movie reminds us again of all the dreams we want to chase. It gives light to those who would like to break free of chains that are tying them down.

As Miss Watson, Julia Roberts played the character of a young teacher called to teach art at a prestigious all girls’ school. Upon first impression, an all girls’ school seemed rather easy to teach. They’re generally disciplined, gentle and smart. Well, they really are. In fact, a bit too much of the last part. That’s when Miss Watson faced trouble. During her first class, every single one of her student has already completed their independent reading on the text they were given for her art subject, leaving her with nothing more to teach. For this part, I particularly like what she did in her following class. She gave them something new. She elicited debates. She brought them to art galleries. She planted seeds of interest and the love for knowledge out of text book amongst her students. Gradually, they bonded with her.

She continued to encourage the girls to chase after their dreams; to break the norm of getting married, settling down and leading a life society has carved out for them. These girls are intelligent and she believes they could make it big in life. Thus, she gives her utmost effort in coaching the girls through the different perspectives in art.

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