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Witch & Popcorn

January, 2019

Bright Blessings Film Lovers!

This
month, I am reviewing Fullmetal Alchemist, a Japanese live action
film based on the Manga books, of the same title, written by Hiromu
Arakawa.

Here
is the trailer for this film.

The
film is all about magic, and science, breaking the rules, and the
consequences of doing so.

The
film follows the lives of brothers Ed and Al, beginning when they
were small, and learning Alchemy on their own. Their mother dies
unexpectedly, and they try to bring their mom back to life using the
little skills they have learned. This was forbidden, and both boys
knew this. It could not end well, but these were kids, and they
wanted their mother back, so they disregarded the rules, and did the
operation to bring, or “transmute” a human anyways.

The
operation fails, it costs them both dearly, and they both spend years
tying to get back what they lost due to the consequences. Al is
taken away to a place called The Gate of Truth. Ed finds a way to go
there to try and get him back, and is only able to bring back Al’s
soul, and loses body parts in the process. He is told not to come
back for Al until he has the fabled Philosopher’s Stone. Ed
figures out how to use Alchemy to put Ed’s soul into a metal robot,
and vows to find the Philosopher’s Stone and get both Ed and his
own body parts back. A metal arm and leg are fashioned for Al, and he
later becomes known as The Fullmetal Alchemist.

Fast
forward years later, Al and Ed are professional Alchemists, working
with the government, and Ed gets a lead about where to find The
Philosopher’s Stone, but unfortunately, people keep telling him it
doesn’t exist. Undeterred, and determined, he continues his search,
which leads him to meet the people with the knowledge.

He
discovers, however, he and his brother were not the ONLY ones
transmuting both human bodies, and human souls, and the horrors Al
and Ed discover almost destroys them, and all the people they hold
dear. They discover The Philosopher’s Stone is not what they
expected, and using it would be more than breaking rules. It would
mean something terrible.

The
film ends with the brothers making an unexpected decision, and a
sequel is due out sometime in the future.

As
practitioners of magic, we can identify with some of the points made
in the film.

There
is a time to break the rules, and a time to keep them. Magic is a
practice of harmonizing with Nature. If doing something goes against
the Natural Order of things, or is otherwise unethical, it should not
be done.

It
is unwise to do magic when you are grieving. Strong emotions
interfere with the ability to reason, and acting on your emotions
might cause you to do something you later regret.

Things
are not always as they seem. Brothers Al and Ed discover this over
and over in the film. From who they can trust, to what an item truly
is, things seem to constantly change, and the brothers have to keep
their wits about them, and pay close attention constantly. Belief
does not equal or create Reality. It creates perception, and
perception can be false. Magicians and Witches are experts at
enchantment, and illusion. Be aware.

Sometimes,
we have to listen to what people say when they are trying to warn us.
At one point, a character tells Al, “Play with the Devil, and
you’ll end up in Hell!”, and Al replies, “I’ve already been
to Hell.” He did not realize he was being told to avoid the very
thing he was driven to acquire. Had he listened, things would have
been better.

All
in all, this was a good film. I always love to see Manga brought to
live action. They managed to maintain the flavor of Manga with the
dramatic costumes, character acting, and special effects. The action
scenes did not fail to please, and the sets were gorgeous.

It’s
a good work of fiction to read or watch, and I recommend the film.

Happy
Viewing!

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About
the Author:

Saoirse is
a recovered Catholic.  I was called to the Old Ways at age 11,
but I thought I was just fascinated with folklore. At age 19, I was
called again, but I thought I was just a history buff, and could not
explain the soul yearnings I got when I saw images of the Standing
Stones in the Motherland. At age 29, I crossed over into New Age
studies, and finally Wicca a couple years later. My name is Saoirse,
pronounced like (Sare) and (Shah) Gaelic for freedom. The gods I
serve are Odin and Nerthus. I speak with Freyja , Norder, and Thunor
as well. The Bawon has been with me since I was a small child, and
Rangda has been with me since the days I was still Catholic. I
received my 0 and 1 Degree in an Eclectic Wiccan tradition, and my
Elder is Lord Shadow. We practice in Columbus, Ohio. I am currently
focusing more on my personal growth, and working towards a Second and
Third Degree with Shadow. I received a writing degree from Otterbein
University back in 2000. I have written arts columns for the s
Council in Westerville. I give private tarot readings and can be
reached through my Facebook page Tarot
with Saoirse
. You
can, also, join me on my Youtube
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