Nov 252011
 

In The First Grader (我的八十後同學), Kimani N’gan’ga Maruge responds to the Kenyan decree that everyone has the right to be educated by enrolling in school as an 84 year old. Popcorn Picks for Hong Kong Flicks is back to help you respond to your stomach’s decree for gourmet popcorn at the cinema this weekend.

Popcorn Picks rates the compatibility of snacking with your film based on two categories:
Crunch Factor on a scale from 1 (might as well be a silent film) to 10 (totally crunchtastic)
Crowd Control on a scale from 1 (massive movie night) to 10 (couples-only crowd)

Crunch Factor
The movie’s scenes flip between Kimani learning how to read in the classroom and memories of his tortured past. Even the dramatic flavors of The Chicago Mix™ will take a back seat to the poignant themes of this film. Munch on popcorn when you remember, but you may get lost in admiration of Kimani’s courage and persistence to achieve an education. An abundance of emotional moments scores this movie a 3 for Crunch Factor.

Crowd Control
Watching Kimani interact with his 1st grade classmates may spark flashbacks of sharing during your own primary school years. Hold that thought, and assess who truly deserves to share your snacks. The First Grader provokes your introspective side to delve into childhood memories and reevaluate life’s priorities. Quiet moments like these also make prime snacking alone time, earning this movie a 10 for Crowd Control.

Popcorn Picks Recommendation
Sometimes the opportunity to strike the iron while it’s hot (打鐵趁熱) does not come until the age of 84. Popcorn Picks suggests you seize the moment, grab some Garrett Popcorn, and head to Palace IFC Cinema to watch The First Grader. You will emerge well-snacked and inspired to overcome barriers that have seemed impassable before.

Showtimes for The First Grader
Palace IFC Cinema
8 Finance St Podium L1, IFC Mall

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