Please please share your thoughts on Wonder Woman? Thank you! :)
ANYONE WHO WATCHED WONDER WOMAN (2017) DIR. PATTY JENKINS AND WASN’T COMPLETELY IN LOVE IS NOT TO BE TRUSTED
So we all knew it was going to be emotional to FINALLY have a female superhero movie, but the movie exceeded those expectations. The fight scenes were incredible and so focused on Diana and what she was capable of – the men basically weren’t even there. The fuckin no man’s land scene SAVED MY LIFE. Superhero movies are known for being heavy handed and this one didn’t escape that for sure (the love speech at the end was….a lot), but that scene was so well done…they didn’t have to stoop to some Éowyn knock off line of “I am no man,” we were allowed to just see her do what real women do - step up and do it. Even though that wasn’t the first time we’ve seen her in full Wonder Woman costume on screen, it felt like it was, like it was the first time I’d EVER seen ANY hero before and it took my breath away. By far the best Superhero Reveal Moment I’ve ever seen. My girl taking out bullets right and left, drawing fire from the entire German army!! Fuck me up!!!
You can’t talk about this film without talking about gender role reversals. Chris Pine was So Perfect and I think they really couldn’t have pulled the movie off if they’d cast any other white boy in the role. He was funny but genuine, capable but never arrogant, charming but not entitled about it. He learned quickly what Diana was capable of and respected her for it, always moving to the sideline during the fight scenes (the shield moment with the bell tower comes to mind - who needs a sniper when you can fuckin launch a god at the shooter??), knowing that these were her fights and never trying to mansplain her out of them. He wanted to protect her, but didn’t underestimate her - all the things that a typical female romantic interest does in these kind of movies. It was amazingly well balanced, so much so that I didn’t even mind the romantic sub plot. Plus he was almost entirely naked there, way to play to the audience my dudes!!!!
The historical context did the movie such a great service. The outward displays of sexism became so ridiculous when faced with Diana, who genuinely had never had to deal with the patriarchy’s bullshit before. It didn’t just make the men in London look pathetic and mean, it cast a large shadow over the way that women are treated today.
The Dark DC Gradient™ on all the shots isn’t my favorite but it did Chris Pine’s fuckin bright blue eyes a huge favor
Gal Gadot was so fuckin good??? Not only was she beautiful, like really really distractingly beautiful, like I kept having to force myself to pay attention to the dialogue cause I, like Steve Trevor, could not stop looking at her (and she’s standing next to Genuine Stud Chris Pine and still?? SHE’S SO BEAUTIFUL). But she was way more then that, her performance was spot on. Diana was naive, commanding, strong, compassionate - while never being reduced down to just a one note version of these things. She felt so real to me, in a genre that spends very little time on character development. Even in the sappiest parts of the script, she sold it. She absolutely sparkled.
Some of the best dialogue was the back and forth between Diana and Steve when she’s asking questions about mankind/London - it was cute and funny without being too overdone or obvious, which it easily could have been
The villains weren’t much to write home about, but they didn’t need to be. The movie was so laser focused on Diana and Steve that they really didn’t matter, you could self insert whatever you wanted to there
Themyscira is the ideal for I too want to hang out on the beach and never see a man again
Also that lesbian line, and how stupid male reviewers blindly did not understand it!!! Fuckin drag em
But also the fight scenes on Themyscira were INCREDIBLE. I wish that first section had been a bit longer just because I was enjoying it so much, but it was so refreshing to see all women on screen - women who fought and loved and supported each other. Incredible.
I haven’t enjoyed, really enjoyed, to the point of not having to think about the message or the structure or how much fuckin time I’ve wasted listening to some male superhero talk about honor or some equally boring garbage, since The Avengers came out in 2012. Even then, Wonder Woman felt like something else entirely. It leaned on many of the same tropes and sequences, but there was enough reinvention in between (particularly the characters, who I felt were much more fleshed out then any superhero movie I’ve seen before) to make it feel fresh and exciting. This so easily could have been a throw away movie, a chance for movie execs to point and say, hey we tried with women that one time!! But Patty Jenkins, and Gal Gadot, and all the other women who worked on this incredible production, knew what was at stake, and weren’t going to let that happen. Every time I see a little girl dressed up as Diana Prince, on her way to the theater, my heart fills more and more. During the film, I found myself on the verge of tears five or six times - sometimes because it was so beautiful, to see a woman who felt so real being strong and vulnerable and saving the damn world, but other times because the plot itself genuinely moved me. Wonder Woman is revolutionary for the industry, sure, but more importantly, it’s just a damn good movie.
It’s 2005 and I am 7, and my mom does my hair up in little braids with bright beads and barrettes that match my clothes. My teachers complain that they’re distracting. My mother tries to reason with them that braids are just about the only to manage my hair. They don’t care. The seed is sown.
It’s 2006 and I start getting my hair pressed. My Sundays are spent with aloe vera leaves pressed to the burns on my neck. I start to hate rain and develop a fear of heat tools that lasts to this day.
It’s 2008 and all the girls at school brush each other’s hair. Becky asks if she can brush mine. I want to fit in so I tell her yes. I want to disappear when she runs away yelling to the class that I have grease in my hair.
It’s 2008 when I ask my mom why my hair isn’t like the other girls’. She tells me it’s just how I am, and that my black hair is nothing to be ashamed of. I want to tell her she’s wrong.
It’s 2009 and I sit on the floor in my living room crying as the chemicals burn my scalp but I don’t move until twenty minutes have passed. After its been flat ironed it’s silky and straight - but it’s not straight or silky enough, not white girl straight. I touch the chemical burns on my scalp and wish I had left the perm on longer.
It’s 2010 and I’m three weeks late on my perm. That awful, bushy new growth is starting to grow under my perfect straight hair. I hate it. I think it’s ugly and dirty and I wish it’d just go away. I remind my mom to grab the extra strength relaxer.
It’s 2011 and I’m going through my scene phase. I want nothing more than to tease my hair and put it into backcombed pigtails and clip dream catchers into it. But I can’t. It bushes out at the slightest hint of moisture and tangled in the bat of an eye. I hate my hair in both its natural and treated forms.
It’s 2013 and my hair can’t take anymore. It’s damaged beyond repair and I’m forced to cut all thirteen inches off. I’m left with the natural hair I’ve hated my whole life. I cry for weeks.
It’s 2013 and my first healthy curl has appeared. I think it looks pretty. For Christmas I wish for more.
It’s 2015 and I have a fro as big and round as the sun. My curls frame my face like laurels. I put on my hoop earrings and love how I look.
It’s 2015 and I feel the need to reinvent myself. I cut it all off again, from twelve inches to three. I cry for days.
It’s 2016 and my curls are more defined than ever. My natural hair is my glory. I style them into a flat top or a coiff or whatever I feel like. I consider growing them out again.
Your hair journey will not always be pretty. It will not always be healthy. You will not remember all of it fondly. But no matter how rough or how long, it will always be worth it.
*A few hours after the Sunday morning VIP panel, a fan tweeted some stuff after taking notes during the panel. After a few requests I decided to make another (longer) panel summary based off of her tweets.
Jensen (referring to the previous night’s SNS concert he sang at): “I heard it was a good one.”
Jared re: Jensen singing: “How was this cat?”
Does actors being asked questions by fans about their current work affect their approach to what they do with the characters? Jared: Abso-freaking-lutely. He talks about how he wrote about this in Fangasm’s new book, Family Don’t End With Blood, about his first experience with conventions and how rought they were, including being involved in one that had a huge scam (more details in the book). But that the through line of it all, through those early experiences, was discussing the character with others for the first time and he loved it.
Jared loved school growing up, was excited about it, he loves spirited discussion and debate and learning from other people. This carries over to the show. “It’s really enriched my character and my enjoyment of the show.” He learns how other people interpret his work. Sometimes hears stuff that he never got from SPN but knows it’s sincere: “That’s cool, man - I didn’t realize people were seeing that as well!”
Jensen: “I’d say that it’s a sense of validation that we get, when we talk to you guys, these questions that can go pretty deep…for me it’s a sense of validation that inspires me to personally dig even deeper into my character.”
Basically, what they get from these conversations is the inspiration to work even harder in return.
Fan asks about Clif in the “Folsom Prison Blues” episode. He was not working for them at the time. Met him as an actor. They talk about how his role with J2 developed. Not just a bodyguard, he’s more like their on-set manager.
Question: If Mary, John and Bobby were all back together, how would that affect the dynamic of the team. J2 immediately joke about them being a threesome: Jared: “Umm, did I miss an episode?” Jensen: “It might have emotionally scarring effects on the brothers…it would inspire Dean.” Jared: “I think it would confuse Sam. *as Sam* Mary, John…what?” Jensen: “Dean would go, ‘Oh, that’s where I get it.’” Fan says it was a really dirty joke about watching his parents in a threesome.
The question was actually if Mary, John, and Bobby were all alive at the same time in raising the guys. J2 say having all those parents would make their jobs much easier, that they’d all be doing what they do best. Jensen: “Dad would be off ine one direction, Mom-” Jared: “ONE DIRECTION?? How did we go from Mary/John/Bobby threesome to One Direction? Is that a natural progression? All roads lead to One Direction?”
Jared: “Now, if Harry was there as well, I mean…” Jared is a Harry girl confirmed :P
Question about Jaread acting in s7 against Lucifer while having to ignore him. J2 say Mark P is a very exciting, unpredictable actor.
Asked what it feels like to meet strangers who love them or are crying. Jared: “Difficult question to answer. It seems easy on the surface.” Says it’s exciting to be a part of something, and to keep in mind that the fans have touched their lives, too. They just finished filming the season, are away from “our fam,” and yet here they are. Jared compared the connectivity to spirituality.
“We are grateful to you just like you’re grateful to us.”
Places they haven’t been yet: This is Jared’s first time in Melbourne. Wants to see big cities like Tokyo, Mumbai. Wants to see Moscow but not right now. Jensen would like Iceland, has not been to South America or Africa. Random banter ensued. After the fan says they want to go to Cuba, Jensen says he would like to go look at the old cars there.
Someone asked about becoming an extra on SPN, J2 gave some serious talk about that line of work, agencies, how hard that work is, etc. Told the fans how they have to blend so much and ignore so much in order to not ruin takes, also the silent talking factor aka mouthing dialogue.
This is something lead actors also have to do when the scene isn’t on them. If they’re not visible but not audibly talking it’s mouthed. So, if Jensen is an “extra” in a Sam scene, for example, talkingn with someone else in the background, he won’t be talking and Jensen finds it hard.
Did they approve of Demon!Dean ending so fast? Jared: “I didn’t like it. I wanted it to last a long time. I think the writers did, too. I think Jensen had a good time. Personally, Jared as a fan of the show and a friend to Sam Winchester, I wanted to see the chase.” Talks about wanting to see the cat and mouse chase, with Dean knowing Sam was after him, Dean and Crowley both in hell… “I wish it had lasted longer.”
They said ultimately the show is about Sam and Dean and their relationship together, they can’t do 15 episodes of Sam and Dean never being in the same scene together.
Jensen wanted an 8 to 10 episode arc, but they thought the fans would have gotten upset had the show been that different for that long. He compared it to Purgatory, saying he would have wanted it to go on for a few more eps but there’s that concern about separating Sam and Dean for that long.
Jensen: “We know where our bread is buttered” which is “the brothers in the Impala driving down crazy street.”
Next question was about which version of their characters has been hardest and what techniques were used. Jared says doing Lucifer and Sam next to each other. Approached Luci as a brand new character, like he’d never done SPN and was auditioning. With Soulless!Sam, he said “I’m gonna pretend I’m auditioning for a character who doesn’t have a soul. What is he thinking about, motivations, etc.”
Jared remembers speaking to Gamble when she became the showrunner and hearing this plot. His jaw hit the floor, wasn’t sure how to approach a soulless!sam. So, he likened the soul to emotions, morality, ethics. Made it mathematical. Harsh reasoning. Compared to Javier Bardem’s “No Country for Old Men” character. “Deadness behind the eyes” and just thinking mathematically “Which is great ‘cause I love math!”
Soulless!Sam was fun for him once he figured out what to do with it. Lucifer was difficult. With Gadreel he changed the dialogue wherever possible to iambic pentamemter to give a timeless being who’s been around forever. Doing that became annoying though, because he was stuck with it like how Misha did with his Cas voice.
Boys talk about how Misha actually ripped his vocal chords in the past doing that voice.
Jensen’s answer was on future Dean and present Dean, thinking about adjusting the same person rather than a possession, etc. He described the shooting cycle of acting against himself. “I had to perform future Dean in my head and remember how I’m going to do it later then react accordingly while actually filming the scenes for present Dean, while doing it with someone just reading lines.” So whenever shooting one side he was mentally performing the other. “So my head exploded.”
At Salt Lake Comic Con Sebastian Stan said at his panel that this was his favorite scene to film in Captain America and he wishes it could have been longer. Before the panel I was talking with Jenna at her autograph table and Sebastian showed up out of nowhere and told her hello and that it had been forever seen they had seen one another, so he wanted to say hi. After he left, Jenna said to me, “That was my date!” [source]
I want to start this off by making it clear that I’ve seen this film 3 times in one day – and I’m pretty mentally exhausted too, so forgive me if I don’t make a whole lot of sense at points!
With each viewing, I felt more and more confident in the story and its stellar points.
There are some issues I take with it – namely, some of the same issues with pacing and a few other details others have pointed out. But I want to emphasize that this is the kind of film that takes more than one viewing to appreciate. Don’t watch it only once and form your opinion from there. Give it at least one more go and I think you’ll find you appreciate it far better.
(The first part of this post will discuss Rhys and how he handled this particular situation, while the second part will discuss the way that it was handled by sjm.)
I made a post ages ago in which I questioned the validity of Rhysand’s feminism - the basic premise was that he has a responsibility to care for the people in his Court, and he seems really feminist and concerned with female agency, but there are a lot of examples of him failing to extend this to anyone he is not personally connected to. Which would be nbd, except being High Lord means that he literally has a responsibility to everyone in the Night Court. Anyhoooo… ACOWAR has not helped my impression of this. Or rather, it was quite a mixed bag. A lot of his feminism seems performative, rather than genuine. I’m just going to discuss the Court of Nightmares scenes in ACOMAF and ACOWAR and how Rhys and Mor behave, but other examples of this will be meta’d on eventually.
(Most of this is going under the cut because it got way longer than I anticipated.)
Srsly tho,can u imagine if their first scene of S8 is them in bed,waking up as the sailors scream they've reached Winterfell? I think its a serious possibility to make it clear that they've been together (and having amazing boatsex) for the entire journey.. And when Bran's reveals comes they'll already be completely and utterly in LUV and will have grown even closer to each other (But it s really just because THE WORLD NEEDS A SCENE WITH THEM IN BED) lol
Listen my friend, I DESPERATELY wish this would happen because seeing them in bed with the the implication they’ve been sharing a bed this entire time would do wonders for my health lmao. It would no longer be a personal headcanon–it would be canon that Jon and Dany shared a tiny room for over a month and had copious amounts of sex. (AKA Targ baby is coming).
But I think more realistically their first scene might be on the road to Winterfell from White Harbor.
I would accept this, though, if we actually got a scene of them in bed together AT Winterfell. I think it would be even more significant if Jon is eventually able to smooth things over between Dany and the North and then they are established enough to share a room there. I would die. I would also die if they were just secretly sharing a bed there ;)
But I’m not getting my hopes up haha. There’s so little time next season and so much that still needs to take place. Sigh. I just want more Jonerys!
that fight was so devastating! we never really saw jughead like that, especially when he's with betty,their moments are always quiet,gentle like that last scene. what did you think of it? i need that scene dissected
Oh Nonny, I’m not gonna lie: I LOVED that fight. I was absolutely giddy with glee while it happened. It was raw and angry and it brought so many of Jughead’s insecurities to light because even as he was lashing out, it was more self deprecating than finding any faults with Betty. He kept praising her even as she denied it and found so many faults within himself. It was heartbreaking but I’m so glad for that fight.
Jughead addressed some really important issues. Namely, Betty’s “perfection” and Archie. And while they didn’t re-address Archie in their later scene I don’t even know if they really need to.
Lili and Cole are AMAZING together on screen. Their actions and reactions and the emotions they bring out in each other is electric and captivating.
Betty’s face when Jughead mentioned Archie was devastating and you know that they both realized Jughead went a step too far with that remark. Her choosing to walk away COULD have been perceived as a realization on Betty’s part. It could have been Betty realizing Jughead had a point.
BUT IT WASN’T. Lili played that perfectly in a way where you saw NO REGRETS on Betty’s face about her relationship with Jughead and NO lingering feelings for Archie. She was more insulted and angry that Jughead would accuse her of that.
And look at what it lead to, exactly as you said: another soft, intimate scene with the two of them coming to a deeper understanding of each other as people and as a couple. My only issue is that I wish that diner scene had been longer. I wish we’d seen MORE of them talking about everything in their fight, going over all of their issues. But then a whole episode could have been dedicated to that talk and I still would want more :P.
I know I keep bringing up the “anchor couple” meta I wrote, but the way they’re writing them so far really does show how much of an anchor couple they really are. Contrasted with all of Archie and Veronica’s issues Bughead is a safe haven. They’re not “perfect”. They fight and have issues and THAT’S OK. They come back together stronger and their relationship deepens and becomes more stable as a result.
This got long and rambly and it’s not very organized but I’m going to go into this in so much more detail in my emotional intimacy meta which needs to be revised with this new episode. I may write a separate post on all my feelings about this episode in itself because it was just so good. Also, now I’ve started ANOTHER meta just on Betty’s feelings about the word “perfect” and everyone’s perception of her “perfection” vs her own.
So I hope this is enough for now Nonny. Stay tuned for the upcoming metas :)
FFXV: On Episode Ignis (SPOILERS) - (Another) Emotional Breakdown/ Review (kind of, still crying) OR “How to get a DLC right (in my opinion)” & Thank You to the FFXV Development Team!
When I wrote my emotional breakdown/review back in November of 2016 I had no idea that I would indeed write another one, especially on FFXV. I thought I had already said everything I had to say about that game, well serves me right for being wrong. And damn I’m happy that I’m wrong.
WARNING: THERE OBVIOUSLY WILL BE SPOILERS FOR BOTH THE MAIN GAME AND ALL THE DLC!
As I said back then FFXV is a great game, while I acknowledge it’s flaws and the wasted potential in some parts (which could still be changed next year it seems?) I also appreciate it for what it is. The game left a huge impact on me back then, an impact that still has it’s effect even one year later, perhaps because the game is still present through the DLCs but I guess there’s more to it then that.
First off: I liked all DLC episodes, Gladios probably the least because of kinda lacking story and the focus on battle which was fun but nothing more then that unfortunately. Promptos was way better, resolution regarding the conflict on who he actually is, or rather what he is and (B)A(E)ranea, I mean she’s a fan favorite, right? (Notice: And yes while I agree that the DLC could/should have been part of the main game, I just accepted the DLC issue that’s been present for year now with all kinds of games and they did deliver great content for the money so in my opinion it was worth it!)
But episode Ignis is different from both of them, different in a way I had never expected it to be, different in the way that it gave us the happy ending we’ve been wanting for a whole year now!
But before I get into that, let’s talk about the Episode. It was as emotional as I had expected, seeing Ravus was amazing, although he only was there for a short amount of time until we had to fight him. I wish that part would have been a little longer. His scene with Luna was heartbreaking, seeing her drifting away… I really like Luna, even if she isn’t as developed as she could be, I like her and I wish that alternate path would have given us a way to save her too. I would have liked a little flashback though, some kind of talk between Ravus and Luna about their fate as part of the Kanagi prophecy or whatever you may call it, preferably when they were both children or teenagers since Ravus mentioned themselves as children when Regis left them. It would have been a really nice addition.
Regarding flashbacks or rather flashforwards/visions… Ignis actually knew HOW Noctis was destined to die, how he had to sacrifice himself, be killed by an entity that once was his own father just for the sake of their world. I can’t imagine what kind of burden that was for him, considering that was one of the very last things he ever saw, something that mist have been burned into his mind, his very best friend serving as a sacrifice to save everyone.
Now on to Ignis’ sacrifice… obviously as painful as I had anticipated, but also a badass fight against Ardyn! Being given the choice (well not really, since you can only follow the actual story the first time you play it) was really interesting and probably one of the best additions they could have made. Since the second choice gives us something none of us could have ever anticipated, something probably all of us have wished for since we finished the game - an actual good ending.
Now I don’t mean to say the real ending isn’t good, it is, it’s fitting, it’s the way it’s meant to be. But having an alternate, better, ending is something that I really wanted, it doesn’t have to be the true ending but I just want to see them happy, not just in my mind but also on the screen! Many people wished for that option and it seems they listened, I don’t know if they intended that alternate ending to be included since the beginning or if they actually included it because the fans wanted it? I would suppose it’s the second one, its just nice to think that way! Anyway on to the ending. The battle against Ardyn was really hard but considering what we get after it it’s definitely worth it! Once again we get Ignis sacrificing everything he has to save Noctis, at least I had to. I had to sacrifice my senses, my body and lastly my life. I don’t know if you can finish the battle without having to give up everything? Defeating Ardyn leads to Noctis gaining a stronger resolve then before, he doesn’t want to leave anyone alone, he understands that he isn’t alone and that he doesn’t have to bear that burden alone. Due to timeline changes Ravus survives as well! We see all the important characters, everyone coming together seemingly to fight the darkness, to hold out ten more years for Noctis to come back and for all of them to fight together. Somehow it seems Ignis isn’t blind this time, maybe Noctis healed him before he went into the Crystal, it seemed that way at least. It’s very ambiguous, not everything is precisely explained but that’s fine, it’s beautiful, it’s what I wanted all along. The four comrades, friends, brothers enter the final battle together even with Ravus by their side, an older Ravus that has finally been able to acknowledge Noctis thus giving him his father’s sword.
The very last scene after the sky brightens is Ignis standing in the throne room in front of Noctis who is sitting in the throne, mind that it’s ONLY Ignis. He seems to form the word majesty in Japanese, though there was no sound.
1. Everybody lives, everybody is happy, they fought together and somehow managed to avoid Noctis having to sacrifice himself since they were by his side, maybe they could all help in activating the crystals power together. That’s what I think at least, they live, Noctis lives, all of them do and they managed to defeat the darkness, they finally finished their journey and returned home to rebuild Insomnia.
2. Ignis has died alongside Noctis. This could be possible because he had to give his life to use the ring, at least I had to eventually. Though why was he kept alive for 10 years? I don’t know, but it’s possible that his sacrifice was only made when Noctis returned and sacrificed himself as well? This would mean the last scene shows both of them as ghost like entities just like Noctis and Luna in the true ending. This could also explain why we don’t hear Ignis say majesty, an artistic choice maybe, and why it’s only him and Noctis. It would be a nice way of interpreting the ending as a Ignoct shipper.
Either way, I guess how you interpret this alternate ending is up to you! There’s no clear explanation, not enough information, we don’t see a sacrifice this time. The ending is brilliant, you can make of it what you want, it can be your perfect ending if you want it to be and that’s just wonderful. It’s the greatest addition they’ve given us with those DLC, one that only worked in Ignis episode!
I don’t remember exactly when they take place, but we get some new scenes during the credits and before or after, a talk between Ignis and Noctis after the famous last camp scene. Another very beautiful and emotional moment between the characters. It doesn’t matter whether you ship any of them or not but that camp scene in the main game made it clear that they LOVE each other. After what they’ve been through they have such a deep connection, all of them have this wonderful bond. Bit Ignis also has his duty, a duty of protection, for him Noctis is his very purpose! I don’t want to belittle the other characters in saying that they don’t feel the same way, but Ignis is different, it’s difficult to explain but there’s a reason for why only he got this additional camp scene with Noctis, one that once again shows their love for each other, the suffering they cause each other. Noctis blames himself for what happened to Ignis and Ignis blames himself for what is going to happen to Noctis because he couldn’t avoid it (at least not in this timeline). It’s a mutual connection the other two don’t share in this exact way and that’s what makes their relationship special and stand out in this scene. I would have liked Gladio and Prompto to get an extra scene too in their episodes but even this is enough for me.
The last thing I want to do is to give a HUGE THANK YOU to the development team for giving their best at the DLCs and especially for this very episode! They did an amazing job, they gave the fans excalty what they wanted and I couldn’t be happier now! I really do love this game despite its flaws and issues and I’m looking forward to seeing what they’ll give us next year, I think episode Ardyn was confirmed, hopefully episode Luna too! Episode Aranea and Ravus would be awesome too, given that both are amazing characters and Aranea is a fan favorite and both deserve more love!
Okay, I’ll admit: there isn’t a lot of Valki. Hardly any. There was only one scene perhaps. BUT, there was only ONE true scene of Thorkyrie too, so the odds are pretty even (no pun or ironic joke intended). But lemme say that it leaves room for either to happen. I’m obviously Team Valki, and I’m excited for them to hopefully have more scenes. The chemistry between them was clear, so they have awesome potential.
As for the movie…I ABSOLUTELY FUCKING LOVED IT!! For me, it was a much needed splash of excitement for the Thor franchise with lots of humor, references, etc. It had everything a good movie needed: humor, action, while keeping it somewhat true to the plot at hand and not deriving from it. I felt that Loki was absolutely IN character, I didn’t think he sounded or acted different at all. He was his usual mischievous self and he did slightly redeem himself at the end too. I loved how Tom sorta brought a new sense into him: he’s Loki but he’s gotten used to his kingly ways and is more mischievous than ever. As for Thor, I loved how Chris made him grow. He really did grow in character so well in this movie and I can actually say that my love for Thor has INDEFINITELY GROWN. Hela was brilliant, and though I wish we could’ve seen more of a side to her character, Cate played her magnificently. Truly astounding. Hulk was incredible (hehe) as well. They really broadened him so much and I adore that he finally got a great time to shine. The Grandmaster was FUCKING HILARIOUS OML. 😂He reminded me of a Caeser Flickerman on an alien planet except less show enveloped. I loved Jeff every second he was on screen. Now for Val. I FREAKING LOVE HER WITH EVERY INCH OF MY GODDAMN SOUL. She’s witty, MISCHIEVOUS, COCKY, ALCOHOLIC, BEAUTIFUL, STRONG, AND SO PRECIOUS. She’s literally Loki’s perfect match. Tessa’s preformance was award worthy and honestly my favorite marvel female character, beating Black Widow and Sif by miles for me. I can’t wait to see more of her and MORE OF HER WITH LOKI OFC 😍😍
Now for cons: I wish it was was LONGER. It was obvious a lot was cut, but I hope to God an extended version is released. I will say that I am still firm in my belief that Valki was in it indeed, it was just cut, just like numerous other scenes probably with Hela, Skurge, the Grandmaster, Asgard, and much more. I think the only thing I disliked was how little was saw of a lot of things. I bet if Taika released the whole, original movie, a lot of things would’ve been in depth and we most definitely would’ve had Valki.
I am left in surprise by how many people whom have told me that it was a disappointment since I literally couldn’t find anything but two major things I didn’t like! It was a brilliantly crafted movie, and even though I wish we had the original, it’s better than something we could’ve gotten (Val and Thor hooking up cough cough). Without further ado, I will wrap this up:
- Movie was great
- Characters were all so great
- My favorite characters were - Val, Loki, Thor, Hulk, Grandmaster, and Korg
- I only disliked the fact that there was: Valki cut and not enough scenes
I got my shiny shiny digital copy of GotG2 today! \o/ And, on iTunes at least, that comes with all the Blu-Ray extras.
There are only four deleted scenes - apparently most of what was filmed for the movie actually ended up making it into the movie. So far, the only one of the deleted scenes I’ve seen around on Tumblr is the Peter and Kraglin one. So here’s what you can expect deleted-scene-wise on the Blu-Ray:
Peter and Kraglin talking about the songs on the Zune (which apparently Kraglin has listened to enough to have favorites - he likes Alice Cooper and Thin Lizzie, because of course he would XD)
An extended version of the Peter and Groot scene from the end credits, in which Peter tries to prove that “he is NOT boring!” by talking about various adventures he’s had, which include canonical things (”I once saved the galaxy with a dance-off!”) and utterly ridiculous space-idiot adventures (”I got a venereal disease that made me float for three days!”, “I got stuck on a planet where everyone was just lines and dots, and I had to use geometry to get out of prison!”). I wish they’d kept the long version of this; it’s not that much longer, and there’s a gold mine of fic ideas in it.
A longer version of the Drax and Mantis scene by the pool in which she touches him and feels his emotions. I kinda wish they’d kept the long version of this one too, because Mantis talks about how she’s never been around anyone like Drax and his friends because they’re all so full of love. The long version makes it clearer that this – feeling Drax’s love for his daughter and his friends – is why she decides to tell Drax what’s really happening on the planet. She also implies that Gamora is, to her, the most attractive member of the team, thereby giving the Mantis/Gamora and Mantis/Nebula shippers some more material to work with. :D
A scene in which Ego shows Peter & co. a “war memorial” statue to the Battle of Xandar, which is done in pulp SF cover style, with Peter as a brawny hero type, Gamora the scantily clad babe clinging to his leg, and everyone else ludicrously tiny as befits their unimportant status. XD I’m actually glad the scene was cut; it makes Peter come across as a bit more of a dick than he does in the rest of the movie (and basically feels more like it belongs to the first movie than the second one, in general style and type of humor, and Peter’s characterization). But it’s a fun addition as a not-quite-canonical extra.
So there’s your deleted scene report. Now back to cuddling all the pretty. :D
OKAY so this is in no way a formal review or anything this is literally just me sitting down at my laptop writing down my thoughts and experience at the movie tonight so don’t kill me ;) NO SPOILERS HERE. (but if you’ve seen it and wanna talk about it message me)
the night started off with SO MUCH anxiety. i attended the NYC showing of the film and the 4 and 5 trains were running with delays ( i get so much anxiety over being late to things) and we had twenty minutes till the movie started and it was just CHAOS. the subway was PACKED, i mean people in places you wouldn’t want people. someones head was literally in my armpit. ANWAY my boyfriend and i (yes i dragged my boyfriend to come see it with me lol) arrived at the theater with ten minutes to spare SO I COULD BREATHE AGAIN. The theater was small, but every seat was filled, we sat in the last row.
Now onto the movie, guys…guys…GUYS. ROSS LYNCH BROUGHT OUR BOY TO LIFE. It was scarily accurate and a look into the side of Jeff we’ve only heard about and never really seen besides in photos. Ross totally emulated Jeff down to the walk, down to the voice, the mannerisms, it was a phenomenal performance and he deserves all of the credit. So does the rest of the cast they all gave a pretty spectacular performance. Especially Anne Heche (played Jeff’s mother) she really made me hate her.
I have to talk about this “switch” in the movie that really affected me and I think also everyone in the theater. At first, the movie was really funny like there were jokes and some of the things that Dammer did were just hilarious. So the whole audience would collectively laugh, it was acceptable. But then just in id say the middle of the movie there was an unnerving switch of tone in the movie, and i think everyone really felt it. I won’t say at what scene the switch was (cause some of you haven’t seen it and want to) But it was brilliant. After that, the movie was serious, the tension was high, and you really started to see how Dahmer slowly succumbed to the darker side of him. It was scary, and I applaud Marc Myers for doing that. I really appreciated it.
It was just SO awesome seeing the events we heard about and read about and study come to life. Everything was so beyond accurate because it was truly based off Derf’s graphic novel. Marc Myers expressed he wanted to stay true to the graphic novel and he did. Seeing the incident with Jeff in all the year book club pictures and then his face being blacked out was just surreal. This may sound dumb but you’re like “wow yeah i know that’s happened I’ve seen the real thing.” ya know?
It also made me ALMOST cry. Ya know when i was talking about the little “switch” in the movie. Its just at the point where you’re like holy shit this isn’t right. and knowing all of this happened, and how Jeff mustve felt it almost made me cry, but it takes a lot for me to cry. BUT I ALMOST DID.
Also, it was just so sad. Seeing what happened to him, i mean we KNOW and have read about it. But seeing it being played out was just…it made me more sympathetic than i already was. You can tell the boy just wanted to have friends, be accepted, be normal. It was really evident in the film and I think they tried to stress that he just wanted to be accepted and ‘normal’ and that he tried.
The film also gave me a new opinion on the “Dahmer Fan Club.” it made me want to punch Derf sometimes. I just wanted him to stop encouraging Dahmer to do his palsy acts cause it was just all for the wrong reasons. jeff says in the film “i want a best friend” in front of them and they just brush it off, it breaks my heart.
The only critique I have for the movie is that from a film perspective, I wish the scenes were a little longer. All the scenes and the shots were pretty short, I guess they had a lot to fit into it, but some scenes could’ve been longer. It kind of made the movie a tiny bit choppy, at least to me. That was just something that was to me noticeable. maybe its because they were really trying to stay true to the novel and the comic strips could seem “choppy.” idk. lemme know what you think.
I would talk about more but i don’t want to give anything away! i really wish i have the opportunity to see it soon again cause i always like seeing things twice to really formalize an opinion and maybe catch more things i didn’t catch the first time. but if you wanna talk about it i can answer some questions you have. You can message me! honestly I’m sure my boyfriend is sick of me talking about it so id love to bother someone else with it :V.
so obviously I was really happy with it and it exceeded my expectations
watching the scene in pb 5 where sara asks if shes showing. i think that is so freaking cute. and shes all excited and nervous saying "im not used to that yet." soooo cute
that scene is soooooo cute! and yet so much shorter and different than how i imagined it. when they released the photos of sarah and went posing together in what looked like backyard in casual clothes, my mind immediately went to a bbq. so it was interesting (and makes me wonder if there was more to that scene originally) when it was so short.
what we got was absolutely adorable. i loved the smile on michael’s face when he clearly overhears what she’s saying. and how absolutely giddy sara is at the prospect of possibly looking pregnant and how she wants to immediately tell michael.
I liked the episode, I did. Certain parts had me scratching my head, rolling my eyes or flinging my arms out in frustration but overall I think it was a necessary episode.
Things I liked:
Jamie quietly saying “stubborn as always”. Thought that was kinda funny 😂
Loved all the scenes with Fergus and Young Ian!. They bring a new dynamic to the show and it’s very refreshing. GIMME MORE
“it was as if the sun returned” line from Jamie made me tear up cause the soundtrack was exactly the same as when he stepped out and saw her on their wedding day 😭
Thought the scene with Claire and Ian Sr. was very sweet, and I loved that he was so emotional about seeing her again ❤
Jamie trying to convince himself that “all will be well” with the whole L situation made me chuckle…like keep telling yourself that Jamie! 😬
J and C discussion after lying to Ian felt like a start to them finally having to talk about so many things that are still unsaid. Can’t wait to see it all unfold at Lallybroch. Wish the scene had been longer though. Sam and Cait really shine when doing these types of scenes.
Things I didn’t like:
Jamie not asking if Claire was alright after her almost being raped and killed! Like WTF you just got her back after twenty years and not even an “are ye alright, Sassenach?”. Baffled…
Thought the scene with the Campbells was a little long but then again it felt like there were quite a few filler scenes in this episode.
JAMIE AND CLAIRE NOT KISSING ONE SINGLE TIME…WHAT SHOW AM I WATCHING???????
“You have no idea what it’s like to be a worried parent’ PISSED ME THE FUCK OFF. LIKE REALLY? REALLY?????? IS SHE ACTUALLY GOING TO SAY THOSE WORDS??? I can’t even
Claire kept calling Jamie’s name when he was inside the burning print shop, but not once did she check on him, ask if he was alright or whatever when they got out. Or come to his side when he watched it burn down. Again, WHAT SHOW IS THIS?
So yeah, things I did and didn’t like. Felt like one of those episodes I won’t rewatch several times. But like I said; it felt like a necessary episode.
Just wanna state that this season is so overwhelming,so intense with the battles and the the final straights of the the basic heroes storylines and all,but most of all it's an epic cooking process of a blooming romance,a fairytale by the hands of D&D and GRRM
Honestly, this season has been surreal for me. I haven’t quite been able to fully take in everything that’s happening. I always imagined this would happen and to see it on screen it’s really incredible. I’ve been visualizing Jon and Dany coming together for six years, and to see it is exciting and amazing, but I’m not sure I’ve been fully able to embrace it because it’s been so incredible.
The battles are something that we are used to, although, Field of Fire 2.0 was pretty epic. And the reunions have been good, although, I’ve been a little disappointed because my expectations were too high. The Stark children have changed so much, we can’t think of them as who they use to be.
GRRM has been cooking the Jonerys bun for a long time and I would really love to see how he unravels this love story. As I was discussing with a friend earlier, it the books we’ll be able to read what Jon and Dany’s thoughts are about each other. And I think that’ll be an incredibly important element in how they come together in the books.
D&D have had to change things up and I wish we had a longer season so that we could have more scenes between Jon and Dany but I’m not going to complain about we’ve gotten already which has been absolutely lovely. We are living in wondrous times, my friend, wondrous times indeed.
How did you feel about Elizabeth and George in the finale?
Oh, I loved them. Love love love.
I mean, I say that with the full and open acknowledgement that I dislike both characters. But you know what I mean, right? I loved the acting. I loved the complexity.
I loved Elizabeth finally standing up to George, not just about Valentine, though that’s clearly where her ‘backbone’ is coming from - but about Drake, too. About George’s unsustainable focus on Ross. She’s quite right in pointing out to him that if the details are below his attention, so should the whole rivalry. It’s being driven by her determination to erase all suspicion from his mind, but it’s going to add much more of a partnership to their relationship, which they both need.
And oh the confrontation between them was just…so well done. So well done. Elizabeth needed to be underplayed, not overplayed - not hysterical, not overwraught, but painfully determined. And for once I feel Heida Reed got it spot on. As for George…well, all series I’ve been moaning about wanting complexity back in George. He’s been ruled by his envy and hate for Ross. And I hope - I sincerely hope - that he’s now hit his crisis point over that, and will calm down. Jack Farthing did an absolutely stunning job in that scene, breaking down and promising he wouldn’t be suspicious again, desperate to keep Elizabeth because he does love her.
And then that scene on the beach with Ross; George all front, Ross all substance. Jack Farthing just sold it, this episode. He has brought back all of George’s complexity, all of George’s inner self was shown to us for the first time all series.
One qualification to all this: I wish the episode had been longer, split over two hours, because though I LOVED their scenes, I do feel it sold Demelza, particularly, short. She had…what, three scenes with Ross? Four? All short. They should have had more screen time together.
But I did love Elizabeth and George in the episode. Not in a ‘I love those characters’ way, but in a ‘they did it so well! I’m so happy they did it so well!’ way.
Hey, I really want some opinion on this: shipping aside and rooting for them to be together, does Reylo seem organic or not? Everyone says that Rian did a wonderful job, etc, etc, but does it seem natural the path they both take in this one, or is it a bit rushed?
Personally, I think they seem organic. Overall, I loved their interactions. The only problems I had was…
1. The short scenes. They may have been more than in TFA, but I wish that at least one of them would have been longer than 1 min 30 sec. The interrogation scene in TFA was 3 min 30 sec!!(and no, the fighting scene against the praetorian guards does not count). Because just as you were getting into the mood of one of their scenes in TLJ, it almost ended abruptly.
2. I also wish that we would’ve gotten at least ONE extra scene before the hut scene, just to make it clear on why Rey suddenly wants to talk to Kylo when she questioned his motives for killing Han just a scene before. And honestly, I still feel like the audience didn’t get a real answer on why Kylo killed Han, even if you can guess it. I feel like Rian tried to move on and get over that obstacle as quick as possible and not trying to accuse Han Solo of being a bad father (so that part was a little rushed).