Happy Birthday to me with “Seasons Change”

Well, it’s the time of year for me again – it’s my birthday on the 24th of August. I could say it’s an extraordinary year of my life filled with load of surprises, namely, a doctorate degree scholarship (which comes with greater responsibility) and a chance to do what I never thought I would ever had a chance to do (such as running around the movie shooting scene and being in a movie myself). Life indeed can be fun if you really want to. I am happily looking forward to another wonderful years of my life to come. Wow, never have I been so optimistic. This might be an effect after watching "Seasons Change," one of the most awaited movies of the year.

First of all, thanks P’ Yong – Songyos for a ticket of the press screening session of this wonderful movie at Paragon Cineplex on the night before my birthday (23rd August 2006). I was happy I could make it there and had a chance to watch a pre-screeing show called "The Night of Seasons Change," a mini concert featuring a number of different versions of a song "Seasons Change" from various talented musicians such as a student band called "Laundry" from Trium Udom Suksa school who won the latest Hot Wave Music award, a Thai traditional music band and a wind quartet from the College of Music, Mahidol University which is the major location in the movie, a energetic percussion band from Silpakorn University and last but not least the show by the director and his friends (the marvellous six directors of 365 films group who directed the critically acclaimed "Fan Chan") There was also a mini concert from a team of young actors and actresses from the movie and, finally, a performance of newly rearranged version of "Seasons Change," the theme song of the movie, by a veteran singer Nop Pornchumni and his chorus "The Eleven." The show was fantastic and conveyed the meaning of the song and the music through the screening of the movie to come.

"Seasons Change" tells a story of a boy who follow a girl, his one-sided love, to enroll in the pre-college program at the College of Music, Mahidol University. The one and only high school in Thailand where music is a major subject and a student is prepared extensively to enter in music education. (For those who didn’t know, Mahidol University is famous for its medical and health discipline, only a few people knows about the College of Music there.) The boy even hides the truth that he goes to music school and lies to his father that he is studying to become a doctor. In fact, the boy has an extraordinary drum skill so there is no trouble for him at the school of music except for his unrequited love. There he makes friend with another girl who seems to have an eye for him. As time passes by and season changes, the boy unexpectedly finds himself fallen in love with the orchestra band in which he first joined with a hidden agenda. Finally, it’s time for him to make up his mind and take a choice, the one he loves or the one who loves him. Does he have to give up his dream? Then, what is really his goal?

Nithiwat "Ton" Tharatorn did a very fine job as a first time solo director in this feel-good movie. The script is carefully written with an extensive background research and the story has been told in style. The use of seasons and the music, especially "The Four Seasons" by Vivaldi, provides a wonderful symbolic meaning for the mood of the main character in the movie. You just can’t stop laughing and smiling throughout the film with series of puns and funny moments. However, there might be too many gaps for the audiences to fill in as the story moves in fast paces. The ensemble of the cast has good chemistry together. Even though, an acting by the main character seems not as natural as it could be. The cinematography is top-notch – every scene, especially various spots on the campus, is beautifully shot. Last but not least, the music and the score featured in the movie is splendidly arranged. Just listening to the music would make you feel good, isn’t it true?

If you are music-lover, either classical music or popular Rock N’ Roll, this movie is highly recommended. Even if you are not music maniac, we all should appreciate the beauty of the music and the joy it brings just like in a famous opening line of the song from the movie "The Sound of Music" – The hills are alive with the sound of music. Our heart & soul would indeed be rejuvenate with the sound of music which comes harmoniously in this movie.

4 stars out of 5
Thank you for the music, the songs I’m singing
Thanks for all the joy they’re bringing
Who can live without it, I ask in all honesty
What would life be?
Without a song or a dance what are we?
So I say thank you for the music
For giving it to me

P.S. Check out the official website of the movie (in Thai) at http://www.seasonschangethemovie.com/

4 Responses to Happy Birthday to me with “Seasons Change”

  1. Little says:

    Happy Birthday ย้อนหลังจ้า
    แหมพักนี้โทษที ห่างหาย ไม่ได้เข้ามาเยี่ยมเยียนเสียนาน
    ก็เจ้าสเปซตัวนี้ พักนี้มันห่วยมาก
    แล้วไว้จะแวะมาหาบ่อยๆ นะ

  2. Nuttapol says:

    happy birthday to you krub…wish you have a good health and a great wealth.

  3. Pradt says:

    happy birthday to you!i just saw this entry. -_-may all your wishes come true.let\’s go see west side story the musical!

  4. Famous says:

    พี่ Sunny คะ ขอเมลพี่ Sunny หน่อยได้ไม๊คะ ถ้าได้ไม่ได้ยังไงก้อโพสทิ้งไว้นะคะ เมลที่เล่น msn อ่ะค่ะ

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