Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Curiosity Oftentimes Discovers, Sometimes Kills

A 50’s film watched by an audience with an age demographics of about four decades younger.  A title that ignites a bunch of questions—What is it about the fly? Is the movie Spiderman-like?. A plot that will abridge science, technology, the society, the main character, and yes, the fly.

On these aspects, the film is interesting; howbeit it is far less entertaining when it comes to the film’s artistic level—it has relatively poor cinematography and costume design, and the style of how the actors dropped their lines is “too-much-acting”.

What the audience could commend about the movie is the lesson it seeks to impart: man’s curiosity can lead to the unearthening of scientific wonders, but, it can also compromise one’s lives on the other hand (as embodied by the death of Andre, the genius inventor and main character of the story). The film goes to show that ethics should be well-accounted when the innate inquisitiveness of men starts to work. There are limits and boundaries about men’s discoveries on science and technology.

Contentment and satisfaction should be learned. During the time the movie was made, it can be implied that the people had that notion that Science and Technology can do seemingly impossible things (i.e. teleporting). The mistake made by Andre, however, becomes a building block to the wall that limits what science can do and what the Divine Creator can.

The Fly, during its heyday, shares the story of man’s ups and downs brought about by his curiosity. What remains within the limits of this gift from the Creator should be maximized, and be utilized for the betterment of the society.

Emmy Borromeo

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