if you’ve seen one episode of svu you’ve seen all 295 of them. the baby is the rapist. the man put a wooden spoon in his son’s butt. this 15 year old girl is getting abused. olivia gets personally involved. elliot is a dick. the murderer is the janitor we see for one frame at the beginning of the episode. she hid the cocaine in her breast implants. the old guy can’t remember if he raped his daughter. ice-t makes a snide remark. munch is jewish. ludacris did it. the ukrainian woman gets sold into sex slavery. the girl with webbed feet threw herself in the lake.
YEAH WE NEED MORE MEN MOVIES LIKE MAYBE A BUDDY COMEDY ABOUT A COWBOY AND AN ASTRONAUT OR MAYBE A MOVIE ABOUT THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN A FATHER FISH AND HIS SON OR ANOTHER BUDDY COMEDY ABOUT TWO MONSTERS OR ANOTHER MOVIE ABOUT THE RELATIONSHIP OF A FATHER FIGURE AND A YOUNG BOY
YOU’RE RIGHT, RICHARD, PIXAR DOESN’T REPRESENT NEARLY ENOUGH MALE RELATIONSHIPS
I honestly can’t with this entire review. Richard, did you close your eyes and stuff your fingers in your ears whenever Elinor’s character showed up? Did you? Because that’s the only explanation I can think of, save maybe just watching the first forty-five minutes which were deliberately fomulaic, for why you came out of this movie thinking that it was plagued by ‘misguided feminism’ because Merida is an arrow-shooting adventure lass and girly things aren’t cool. It’s not as though she had to play a regal and well-spoken queen to defuse an intense political situation or saved her mother by sewing on horseback. It’s not as though Elinor serves as a role model for a young girl growing up into responsibility who also has the chance to understand where her wild daughter is coming from.
‘Brave’ is a movie that deliberately tries to bridge the (false) feminine dichotomy and a depressingly large number of critics just shove it right back in there because they don’t know what else to do. What is a queen narrative? You know I don’t think in any of Merida and Elinor’s extended on-screen interaction there was once a mention of children (granted she’s 14). But how unusual is that?
No, it wasn’t trying to tell as transcendent a story as ‘Wall-E’ or ‘Ratatouille.’ It was doing something much more unusual - telling a story with a female protagonist for a young audience that doesn’t textually dictate the best way to be a girl.
Something else I can’t understand are the amount of people reblogging this and saying that no one is reading the quote in context, that he asks why she can’t go on a grand adventure like her male counterparts in the previous Pixar films. Why though? Why does she have to be like the guys or go on an adventure like them? Her story and her adventure are just as valid, but not according to these old, (presumably) white male critics. A film detailing the realistic, nuanced mother/daughter relationship which shows the love and antagonism between them still can’t be appreciated on that value alone. Who cares if Marlin and Nemo’s dynamic mirrors that too? Who cares if this is an animated film that’s revolutionary because it is precisely about female relationships? Who cares if it made a number of people, myself included, run home and give their mother a hug and bring their mothers to see the film? Because that’s what this film is about, and I’ve teared up thinking about this because it still isn’t enough. She doesn’t care about romance so she’s a lesbian, she doesn’t get thrown out the back of a moving truck, she doesn’t go to Venezuela in a house powered by balloons, she doesn’t find love with a robot in outer space so her story is not up to Pixar’s standards. And it’s a bad thing that’s it solely about female relationships because those apparently, are a dime a dozen.
I feel like if Mockingjay is split into two movies, they’ll end the first one at Katniss and Peeta’s reunion. Like it’ll show him ring her neck and boggs punch him and then boom credits and we’re all just sitting there like