The Great Wall – A Movie on ‘Greediness’

The Great WallThe Great Wall is a movie that was based on fiction about two Western men who travelled for black powder. These two men were hunted by a group of people, whom I assumed to be the people of the Mongolian. The two men ran and remained hidden on a place they thought to be safe. All of a sudden, there was a shadowy creature appeared and took Najid with it. As the movie goes, it turned out that the shadowy creature was known as Tao Tei. It was a symbol of greediness, as Chinese believe in the movie. Many numbers of Tao Tei attacked the great wall and they were commanded by a queen, which always in needs of being fed by its smaller creatures. The two men were taken into custody, but then they were released. On and on as the movie goes, the queen was finally dead after being attacked by William and General Lin. One explosion banished all Tao Tei.

The above paragraph shows a short description of the movie. In this post, I would like to share two feedbacks. The first feedback is related to visual images in the movie and the second one is about moral values that this movie has.

Before you read this short article further, please remember that all of these feedbacks are purely my point of view. You may please give your own feedback as well on this article.

Visual images in the movie

After watching this movie, I find that this movie almost resembles similar quality of visual images as in Monkey King 2: Journey to the West. However, the different thing between these two movies is that The Great Wall has better movement of the visual images. The use of a large number of people wearing bright and dark as well as brownish-mode colours represent the quality of the connection between visual display and movement. Surprisingly, although the setting of this movie is based on two famous places in China: Beijing, as the sanctuary of the King, and the Great Wall itself, the majority of colour that is being used in this movie is brown, or brownish. Besides, the spear of William is red – a unique thing to display in this movie. And, what gets me giving more attention is to the display of the blue soldiers who are all women. It makes their beauty, as opposed to all other colours, stands out from the crowd.

Meanwhile, Tao Tei, as the monsters in this movie, almost represents creatures in the Jurassic Park. This creature also represents combination between the reptile dinosaurs, barking dogs, and alien. Above all, the visual display of this creature is not that scary, but after knowing how smart they deal with human, then that is the reason of why this movie has great visual image. The image and the characters of the image link together as alive!

Moral values in the movie

One obvious thing that we can learn from this movie is related to the idea of greediness. The Great Wall uses Tao Tei as symbol of greediness – the surface look of greediness, or the ugly one. However, when you watch this movie carefully, you will find that actually what symbolizes greediness is Mr. Ballard and Tovar. These men were about to steal the black powder, after being rescued by the Great Wall army. Eventually, the greediness has taken many souls, as a way to sacrifice and feed the queen of Tao Tei, and on the other side, Mr. Ballard has freed himself from Tovar in the desert, but he remains greedy for the black power. He also killed many people, unintentionally. The moral values are that China and the West, resemble similar trait. They were all greedy. The belief that the strong one leads has been broken by this movie. The Great Wall emphasizes more on the greediness toward black powder, perhaps, relates to the greediness over oil in foreign country. This type of greedy will overturn the greediness of the ‘side’ that is greedy. Interesting, huh? Indeed.

Another moral value that we can learn from this movie is that building a great wall will mean nothing without courage and brevity. All the guards with great weapons and tactics will remain weak as long as courage and brevity did not exist. Nevertheless, the great purpose should exist as well, in the body and mind of the soldier, and guards. Tao Tei might be bad, and yes, they are all bad, killing without mercy! However, human can be worst that that. Human can kill within themselves for this very reason: Greedy! Has greedy been taking over your heart, body, and mind? You should think, reflect, change, and do!

All in all, The Great Wall movie is a movie that not only depicts the spirit of protection toward the greatest well; it also presents different ways, and a new way, for us to think over what it means to be greedy.

Being greedy, and ambitious, may help you achieve many things in your life, but you need to look back, perhaps, along the way, in the paths to your great achievements you might have sacrificed something precious, more than you ever think. Well, now, you are already a winner, except when you do it unjustly. This world needs a good man more than a great man ~ Syayid Sandi Sukandi, 2017

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