great wall

#3 – The Great Wall

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Hello hello and good morning from rainy Floripa! How are you guys? I hope everyone is doing really really well. And are you ready for this week’s episode? I know it’s been quite  [simple_tooltip content=’Pt: um tempo, algum tempo; En: a length of time’]a while[/simple_tooltip]. Specially for the beginners podcast. So, today we are going to talk about the movie called: The Great wall. Did you watch the Great Wall? It is a great movie! Maybe you know some of the actors like Mat Damon or Pedro Pascal, who [simple_tooltip content=’to play – Pt: atuar, ser um personagem; En: to perform an entertainment or a particular character in a play, film, etc.’]played[/simple_tooltip] Oberyn in Game of Thrones.

This movie is about a  group of Europeans who go to China [simple_tooltip content=’to look for – Pt: procurar; En: to search for, to seek’]looking for[/simple_tooltip] black powder. That means: gun powder. They were not [simple_tooltip content=’Pt: certeza, certo de; En: certain; without any doubt’]sure[/simple_tooltip] it existed, but some people said they saw it. [simple_tooltip content=’Pt: durante; En: from the beginning to the end of a particular period’]During[/simple_tooltip] the journey, many men die. One night, something attacks them and kills 2 men. Will [simple_tooltip content=’to cut off – Pt: cortar, separar em duas ou mais partes; En:  to remove a part of something to make it smaller or shorter, using a sharp tool such as a knife’]cuts off[/simple_tooltip] the arm from one of this creatures and kills it. He takes the arm because he wants to ask someone what he killed. Because he doesn’t know. And [simple_tooltip content=’Pt: a propósito; En: used to introduce a new subject to be considered or to give further information’]by the way[/simple_tooltip], Will is Mat Damon, okay?

When they are running, running from a tribe. That’s like a [simple_tooltip content=’Pt: poucos, alguns; En: some, or a small number of something’]few[/simple_tooltip] days later.  They find the Chinese Wall and many soldiers were there. Tovan and Will, they decide to [simple_tooltip content=’Pt: entregar-se; En: to stop fighting and admit defeat’]surrender[/simple_tooltip] to the soldiers on the Wall. Tovan is Pedro Pascal.

The problem is that they [simple_tooltip content=’to arrive – Pt: chegar; En: to reach a place, especially at the end of a journey’]arrived[/simple_tooltip] when the Chinese are preparing for a [simple_tooltip content=’Pt: batalha; En: a fight between armed forces’]battle[/simple_tooltip] that happens [simple_tooltip content=’Pt: a cada, todos os; En: used to show that something is repeated regularly’]every[/simple_tooltip] 60 years. This battle is against an army of the creatures that Will killed.

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I [simple_tooltip content=’Pt: ter que, precisar; En: used to show that it is necessary or very important that something happens in the present or future’]must[/simple_tooltip] say, I loved the images, the photography of the movie. The colors and the details from the soldier’s [simple_tooltip content=’Pt: roupas; En: things such as dresses and trousers that you wear to cover, protect, or decorate your body’]clothes[/simple_tooltip] and from some of the other things we see.  It’s just so amazing. Also the [simple_tooltip content=’Pt: cena; En: a part of a play or film in which the action stays in one place for a continuous period of time ‘]scenes[/simple_tooltip] with the hot air balloons, the battles, all the special effects were just great. Well, you guys know I love special effects, [simple_tooltip content=’Pt: certo,correto; En: correct’]right[/simple_tooltip]! Were there problems in the [simple_tooltip content=’Pt: enredo, história; En: the story of a book, film, play, etc. ‘]plot[/simple_tooltip] ? Sure! The movie was not perfect. There is for example no [simple_tooltip content=’Pt: explicação; En: the details or reasons that someone gives to make something clear or easy to understand’]explanation[/simple_tooltip] for many things during this movie. For example: why the time [simple_tooltip content=’Pt: entre; En: in or into the space that separates two places, people, or objects’]between[/simple_tooltip] attacks is so long, 60 years. Why Ballard stayed with the Chinese for 25 years but now wants to [simple_tooltip content=’to betray – Pt: trair; En: to not be loyal to your country or a person, often by doing something harmful such as helping their enemies’]betray[/simple_tooltip] them and take the gunpowder away; who sent the group of soldiers to find the gunpowder.

There are many many questions [simple_tooltip content=’Pt: sem; En: not having or doing something, or lacking something’]without[/simple_tooltip] answers. And yes, there are many cliché moments [simple_tooltip content=’Pt: dentro, no; En: in or into a room, building, container, or something similar’]inside[/simple_tooltip] the movie as well. But if you like good battles or battle scenes and special effects, I am sure you will enjoy this movie.

I don’t want to give you many spoilers, so I will not tell you what happens after they arrive at the Wall. Not in detail [simple_tooltip content=’Pt: de toda froma, de todo modo; En: In conversation, anyway is often used to support or explain a previous statement’]anyway[/simple_tooltip]. So the Chinese, they debate if they should kill Will and Tovan or not. And they want to understand how Will killed the creature, all alone. Because they know this creatures, they are very [simple_tooltip content=’Pt: difícil, complicado; En: difficult, complicated’]hard[/simple_tooltip] to kill.

 The Chinese army is very well organized. And Will and Tovan are really [simple_tooltip content=’Pt: espenatado, maravilhado; En: extremely surprised ‘]amazed[/simple_tooltip] at how organized they are. how Every group of soldiers has a color. And every group does something different. So, for example the blue group only has women. And they like jump and fight.

And I must say that as a woman I think that it was very nice to see… well now  more and more movies with strong women. Like this one. This leader for the blue group. She [simple_tooltip content=’to become – Pt: virar, vir a ser; En: to start to be’]becomes[/simple_tooltip] something bigger during the story. So it is really really nice to see  [simple_tooltip content=’Pt: devagar, lentamente; En: at a slow speed’]slowly[/simple_tooltip] women with power, women who can fight. Also being the good ones. Because we are used to see [simple_tooltip content=’Pt: poderoso; En: having a lot of power to control people and events’]powerful[/simple_tooltip] women but usually they are like the bad witch or… well they are bad, [simple_tooltip content=’Pt: usualmente, normalmente; En:in the way that most often happens ‘]usually[/simple_tooltip]. If they are powerful, usually women are bad in old movies. And slowly now we see women heroes as well. And I think its amazing. Children need that. They need… Specially young girls, they need to have powerful females to [simple_tooltip content=’to look up to someone – Pt: admirar, respeitar; En: look up’]look up[/simple_tooltip] to them and say I would like to be as strong as her, as intelligent as her… And this is important.  We also see something else that is very interesting. Because we also get to see a little bit of the capital of China and the young emperor.  Very very quickly. But we get to see them. And so it’s nice to have like this little pick of how life sort of was [simple_tooltip content=’Pt: naquela época, naquele tempo; En: in those days’]back then[/simple_tooltip], when they still had an emperor and how the culture and the organization worked.

Did you watch it? What did you think if you did? Did you like it? Is there anything you did not like about the movie? And if you didn’t watch it. Do you want to watch it now? Just tell me what you think!   As you know, this podcast is usually very short, okay? I hope you guys enjoyed it. And please yes, like, share, comment on iTunes or on our website. We always love to hear from you. And its also very very important for us to see what you want, what you don’t want. What you like, what you don’t like. Okay guys? So, I will talk to you very very soon again! Bye bye!






About the author: jdb

She is a language teacher since 2001, an English teacher since 2007 and an on-line language teacher since 2011. She is the founder of the OLC Clube, your Language Club. Jennifer loves watching movies and series, reading, travelling, meeting new people,learning about other cultures and world history, learning in general and teaching.

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