I went expecting grimdark humourless, charmless, campless seriousness…
And it was none of that. It had so much pep and energy. Yeah the VAST MAJORITY OF THE FILM is just them hanging out and talking… and it’s magical. It’s the breakfast club as superheroes.
Jason is a white straight protagonist but wasn’t really too blegh? He was really sweet and they really sold that he was a good leader. He had great little moments with each team member.
Kimberly was like… really messed up? But in a very realistic way? What she deals with I’ve never seen dealt with in a film before in that way?
BILLY IS THE FUCKING BEST! He actually says the line “I’m on the spectrum” and tries to explain autism to his friends and is just… the most wonderful representation ever?? Sure it plays into some stereotypes but it’s his perspective! There’s no pity sob story about it, he’s never a burden, he’s never “cured” of a nuisance. He’s wonderful.
Trini and Zack are less developed due to screen time but what they get is stunning. We learn so much about them so well in short, considered scenes. And while I could have had a more overt confirmation of Trini’s sexuality, it’s definitely discussed and there. She doesn’t say “the line” but it feels realistic she doesn’t. She’s still working things out herself.
Just after so many quippy and meta and knowing team up movies that thinks all you have to do is have them either joking or shouting at each other, it was incredible to see a film where people became friends so naturally. Nobody felt embarrassed about being around anyone else.
ITS LIGHT AND CAMP AND VERY MUCH FOR TEENS BUT THATS WHAT I LIKE AND IM EMOTIONAL OK????