Reblogging this image again because I’ve been looking at and just loving it. It’s my favorite image of Tamatoa for several reasons. First off he’s just so damn sexy with that wicked smile of his.
Second of all the composition is amazing. It’s just so beautiful. I want it as a poster to frame and hang up on my bedroom wall, it’s that beautiful. Another thing that I absolutely love how the composition makes you feel. Your point of view is similar to that of Moana’s, a small human being being dwarfed by this gigantic monster who towers above you holding your companion above you. This allows you the full impact of the scene: the helplessness of the main characters and the evil intentions of the villain. And again that smile! He just looks so sinister. It’s a classic evil smile. He is in full control here and he even stops to dangle Maui in front of her just to shove it in her face that he has him and that he’s going to kill him after abusing him some more. He’s also taking sadistic pleasure in revealing Maui’s tragic (and for Maui himself probably also humiliating) back story. He’s torn open this man’s heart and laid it bare for all to see. And Tamatoa takes pleasure in having Moana see Maui like this. See him in pain both physically and emotionally. It’s a dark version of his desire for an audience. In the beginning he was performing a silly and fun albeit still rather dark song but as it goes on it becomes more sadistic. He’s now performing torture. And Moana is the audience. He even places her in the bone cage so she can watch rather than simply killing and eating her. And it’s that added level of cruelty that fascinates me about Tamatoa. It’s a performance, in keeping with his character, but it’s not just performing songs but also cruelty. And relishing in the audience’s (in this case Moana’s) reaction. He wants to see Moana as demoralized as Maui. It’s so calculated and precise. He knows how to pick people apart and use their secrets and feelings against them. He did it to both of them throughout his song. And that’s an interesting thing for a villain like him. The writers didn’t rely solely on his size for him to be a threat. They made him clever and sadistic. And this picture is what sealed for me Tamatoa’s status as actually evil. Not just an asshole. I mean when he started singing to Moana, jabbing her and pulling her limbs I thought that but this pic in particular really drove it home that this guy really is cruel. And that’s what I love about him. He starts out whimsical and silly in a dark way but actually reveals himself to be a guy who really knows how to make others suffer. And all this that I just wrote is all encapsulated in this one picture. And thats why it’s my favorite.
I still have to figure out how people can think sephiroth had the opportunity to "choose" his path, when literally other people made that choice for him even before he was fucking BORN. he can't silence his "jenova instincts", and even though he tried to rationalize his desires, what he wants to do is basically what his genetics demand. so i fail to see this "freedom" everyone talks about. the comparison to the dinosaur is not about intelligence, as some may think. it's about choice. very neat!