When a male actor plays in a very misogynistic movie / scene (if he has enough power to choose his parts, obviously) I immediately stop trusting him forever.
That’s why I viscerally hate Chris Pine, seeing Ryan Reynolds makes me cringe, I want to slap Adam Driver’s face, I weep for the love of Edward Norton I once had, and now I guess I trust….. uhm………………………. Noah Wyle??
There was one part where we jump on a wire, and Chris fell one time and dropped out of frame somewhere, and I didn’t know where he went. There’s that scene where we blast through the two doors, and at one point, we couldn’t even get through them, and I was like, ‘Oh, here’s America’s hope! We can’t even break through a door.’
I couldn’t type about this last night because I got home from the movie at like 12am and I was so exhausted I had to pass out. And much to my dismay when I checked tumblr to see how excited people were about the very important messages in this movie, I found out that someone had started a rumor about how it was trans misogynist.
Tumblr has already begun spreading rumors about how it is trans misogynist and is making fun of trans people. THIS IS SIMPLY NOT TRUE.
Here’s what happened, though I already reblogged a more detailed post about it, this is the TL;DR version:
The evil villain who pretty much a poor person with ‘ambition’ who decides to step on other people to get to the top to acquire the status symbol of privileged old white guys of the movie, at one point in the movie is revealed to dress in drag as a disguise. He has an alternate persona named Madame Frou Frou who he uses to laud himself for trampling the box trolls and spinning terrible myths about their monstrosity. This Madame Frou Frou is used to sing uncomfortably painful songs about how the boxtrolls are monsters. This is because the leader of the old white privileged dudes HATES the evil bad guy, but he ADORES this Madame Frou Frou. AT THE END OF THE MOVIE, THE EVIL BAD GUY REVEALS HIMSELF TO BE MADAME FROU FROU, AND TEASES POINTEDLY AT THE LEAD OLD WHITE GUY WHO HATES HIM, IN A 'HAH I GOT YOU’ KIND OF WAY.
Now that is over,
THE REASON YOU SHOULD PLEASE GO SEE THE BOXTROLLS MOVIE:
1. Laika is a small company that is constantly doing wonderful progressive things and should be applauded for it. Please, they do not have the numbers of the big three (dreamworks/disney/pixar) and need to get the cult following NOW, not after the movie has been released on dvd and gone out of theaters.
2. This movie, is, in a nutshell: The absolute best allegory for classism, racism, and mixed heritage families I’ve ever seen. And it’s an animated kids film that I expect lots of kids (and their parents) will go see. The classism and privileged society stuff you see in the story is so spot on, that at times the movie is actually really painful, and heartbreaking to watch. There were times where I was literally uncomfortable and awkward and confused as to why I was? And by the end of the movie I realized that there were actual caricatures of those infuriating people in real life that we try to educate and argue with on a daily basis. I mean, we all know how exhausting it is, and how defensive and nervous you get when privileged people talk about the poor or POC?? I got this same feeling when watching it because they pin point those people so well in this movie and they are not only the villains, but the foils/people who do nothing to help.
3. IT IS LITERALLY JUST SUPER FUN, ADORABLE, HILARIOUS, AND AWESOME TO WATCH. Please, it was so much fun, and when you do go see it, you have to stay till the end of the credits for the best part.
What the hell, Fox movies? Where is ‘Ki Hong Lee’ in the cast? Why isn’t there the name of the actor who plays Min ho, the chief runner, in the cast? The Scorch Trials website and the official facebook left him out together. Why?
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (No Spoilers)
I have just returned from a marathon of the Hobbit movies, at the end of which, I got to watch the final Hobbit movie two days before it premiered. I would like to tell you all how it was. I don’t think I’m capable. All I think I can say about it is that it absolutely wrecked me emotionally. Not only does this movie tie into the Lord of the Rings series in the best of ways by the end, but creates a tension filled finale, even for those who know the ending of the story, like myself. During the entire run time of this movie, I gasped, flinched, pleaded with the characters, and cursed at Peter Jackson more times than I could count. I was completely invested in the characters and story of this film.
Also I would like to state the following: Fuck you Martin Freeman. I mean that in the best kind of way. Martin Freeman is primarily the reason this film has utterly crushed me. There are scenes I was dreading viewing because I was afraid of becoming emotional in the movie theater. I’m going to warn everybody who hasn’t seen the movie who knows what I’m talking about: they are worse than you think it’s going to be. Martin Freeman is primarily the reason for that. It’s not only that his scenes are fabulously acted(they really are). It’s that they surprised me in a way that left me clenching my mouth in horror at how emotionally gripping they were. Anybody who is a fan of Martin Freeman’s acting must check out this movie just for his performance alone.
Do I think the movies are a perfect adaptation of The Hobbit? No. Honestly, it’s stupid to expect them to be. To me, what matters the most is if the movies made me care about the story and characters, and in some ways, the movies surpass the books in this regard. In the book you have a concept of Thorin, and Bilbo talks to Balin sometimes, but apart from that you don’t have a face or voice for most of the dwarves. This version doesn’t give all the dwarves a voice, but it gives them all a personality of some kind, which is an improvement from the book. (Not to mention the fact that the movies made me care about Dwalin, Fili, Kili, Bofur, Balin, and even Thorin far more than when I first read the book.) The first two movies built up a love and enjoyment for the world and characters portrayed in the story, and this final movie serves to tear it all down, and it feels like it will take a long time to recover from that damage. For that alone, I applaud you, Peter Jackson.
Please remember that just because The Interview has “subverted the terrorists” and is available to see in limited theaters and VOD, it does not mean that it is worth your time or money. Seeing The Interview is not an act of American pride or patriotism.
It is a movie that aims to make a joke out of the suffering of an entire nation of people starving, being tortured, and enduring intellectual coercion under an oppressive regime and a violent dictator. Just because Kim Jong-Un is fat and Asian, does not automatically make him a figure of comedy.
Here in America, a dictator of another ethnicity (especially of darker complexion) would be met with fear, but a Asian man is not to be taken seriously - could not possibly be powerful. A large part of this paradigm rolls back to familiar racism.
When Charlie Chaplin made the Great Dictator, he did so prior to the bulk of Hitler’s atrocities, while his position in politics still retained some ambiguity to the American public. He fought to make the film happen because he wanted to convince a confused America that Hitler was in fact awful. Still, Chaplin stated afterwords that he would not have lampooned the man if he had known the extent of his evils.
The people fighting to get The Interview on screen are doing so with gusto in order to make sure the “bad guys don’t win”
The reality of the situation is that the bad guys, in North Korea, are winning, every day, without challenge, against their own people, and we laugh at them, clear our consciences, and call it a win for America.