- Resident Cat Lady
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CubinNY wrote:They didn’t do any of that well either. If it went for camp and nostalgia, it missed by 3 miles. If you want to see the 80s done right watch the first season of Stranger Things.
If anything, I thought this movie was going after the sensibilities of the 80's. If you're looking to pay homage to and feel nostalgic about the 80's, 1984 would not be the first choice for a title
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- Sammy Sofa
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big ball chunky time wrote:Sammy Sofa wrote:Yeah, the real concerns are about someone flying in a superhero movie, and not things like the insane plot points hinged on racism/xenophobia and WILDLY terrible takes on sexual assault.
i tuned out pretty hard on this one, what parts are you talking about?
For the former, I was kinda dumbfounded at how this thing was trafficking in ridiculous Arab stereotypes left and right. Like, what the horsefeathers was up with the out and out propaganda cartoon apparently running Egypt? It just really paints the whole of the Arab Middle East as a collection of horsefeathers ups who either want to destroy the world, build walls around countries, or need to be saved. Given Gadot's questionable at best rhetoric about that part of the world, it just seemed really horsefeathering obnoxious. Like, it was straight up, "hey, it's the 80's! Remember when the Transformers cartoon went to a country called Carbombya*? That horsefeathers was cool, right?" It's not even horsefeathering subtle:
(*That horsefeathers really happened.)
With the latter, we had the really weird choice to have Cheetah's big, "whoa, she's EVILLLLLL!" moment as her almost beating to death....the dude who tried to rape her earlier in the movie? OK...
And then the big one is that in a movie where things are literally being wished into existence out of nothing, for no reason whatsoever Chris Pine's character is only brought back by inhabiting some rando dude's body. Like, not even that he turns into Chris Pine; it's made clear that only WW see's him as Chris Pine, and everyone else would still see the original dude. The OG dude's mind?/spirit?/soul? is just...shunted aside, I guess, while Pine and WW have adventures and horsefeathers their brains out. Then, at the end, it's played for laughs/as cute when OG dude is back, and WW gives him a look, like, "oh yeah, I hit that," and he looks baffled as horsefeathers. I mean, if this movie was Wonder Dude boning a complete stranger possessed by the spirit of his dead girlfriend Stephanie Trevor, people would be (rightly) losing their goddamned minds.
It's just a baffling decision more than anything else. Like, why set up this hugely terrible (but at least workable if you don't just do the dumb horsefeathers the movie does) scenario for no reason whatsoever except for a throwaway visual gag at the end?