lawrence-iii

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I object to this, Pokémon Movie Companion. I object to this MOST STRENUOUSLY.

Evil is debatable but he’s far more clueless than anything else. He’s certainly greedy for sure, but to say he doesn’t respect anything? He adores his collection! Doting on it is literally his entire world! He may not respect anyone, but saying the same of inanimate objects is just incorrect.

His “evil mind” wtf.

He also isn’t insane, at least not in the way they seem to believe. He’s delusional and believes his collection to be the most important thing in the world. He’s egotistical but not to the narcissistic personality disorder level.

Also. How can anybody look at this man and his bizarre hair and then call him BLOND? Green is not yellow!

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Congratulations to Law and Jess!

On Saturday JAY-Z, Beyoncé, and Blue Ivy traveled to the Musical Legends Park in New Orleans to attend the wedding of their friends Lawrence Parker III and Dr. Jessica Ann Clemons. These photographs were captured by Lenny Santiago.

Law is the manager of Roc Nation’s own Jay Electronica and Don Flamingo, and currently works out of the Roc’s New York headquarters. He will be known to most in his native NOLA through his legendary Traffic Boutique streetwear store in the French Quarter; and from his community outreach events, such as the “Peace Tour” music festival. He also launched both the “NOLA Summer Jam” and the “NOLA Hip-Hip Awards.” A Tulane University graduate, Law is the founder of the Supreme Street entertainment and management company, and produces music under the CrackTracks moniker—his 2014 mixtape featuring inspirational Tupac interview clips over original production is a must-listen. Law is also a published author, with his 2012 book Live & Maintain still available to collect gems from. Clemons is a Weill Cornell Medicine graduate and a Psychiatry Resident at the premier NYU Langone Medical Center; and is the founder of the Minority Medical Network. Both she and her new husband are close friends of Solange Knowles, and she starred in the singer’s 2015 Puma “Word to The Woman” collection.

I tend to forget that his motivation is never really stated

Jirarudan wants Lugia because of its beauty. He considers it the highest priority among legendaries because of that, and though he wouldn’t really decline the chance to capture any of them, Lugia is one of the only ones he’d keep (we see a bit of that in his attitude towards the other birds–though they’re legendaries themselves, he clearly values them as just a means to an end).

After watching Giratina and the Sky Warrior, I was struck by an urge to do some compare/contrast work, so here we go: Giratina’s Zero up against Revelation Lugia’s Lawrence III.

If you take Lawrence III as the primary antagonist of the second film, then that movie stands as a huge exception to the “a story is only as good as its villain” rule, ‘cause there isn’t a whole lot to Lawrence. Hes a cliche rich douche - too much money, too much leisure time, not enough regard for nature. And he decides to just go an trek it to the Orange Islands in his gaudy, glorified blimp, pick him up some trophies of Legendaries, and all the while stay completely oblivious to the consequences of his actions. He’s barely in the movie, too - really, outside his brief chat with the gang, he’s only on-screen when bagging or trying to bag a bird. He’s is so chill that he has hardly any reaction to his plans failing, and suffers no repercussions for almost ending the world. All and all, I’d say that adds up to a pretty weak antagonist.

Except that I don’t consider Lawrence III the real antagonist of the second film - he’s the catalyst. The real antagonists are the discord between the Bird Trio and resulting imbalance of nature. Lawrence’s only real function is to set these forces in motion, which he does. The lack of consequences is still one of the biggest flaws in the plot, but for what he was, I think Lawrence was used effectively, and his limited personality and actions don’t take away from the film save for that one point on consequences.

Now look at Zero. Some similarities become obvious immediately - pasty and light-haired, obnoxiously big air ships, as blind to repercussions for screwing with Legendaries as Ash is to girls’ crushes on him. Zero also falls into a solid cliche - that of the mad scientist who thinks doing the Awful Thing is really doing the Good Thing. And Giratina, like Lugia, has issues of discord and imbalance between Legendaries in its plot; in fact, those issues serve as a thread through a trilogy.

But within the plot of Giratina, Zero is definitely the prime villain. He has no more depth than Lawrence, but he is much more manic, especially toward the end, and more involved in the action. This is appropriate given his role in the plot, but IMO, Zero is not manic or mad in an entertaining sense, but in a grating one. The dub casting doesn’t help, but even in the writing, Zero is such a limited character, and the bigger issues of worlds out of whack and Giratina agitating for Dialga are so much more interesting, that Zero makes for a weak villain, and ends up dragging the film down.