Back to the Drawing Board: Whitewashing in Current Media

I would never claim to be the biggest Marvel fangirl, but as someone who somehow developed a passing interest in the MCU I found myself, alongside my group of friends, in the theater opening week for Civil War. Watching the previews for the upcoming movies was an experience I could only describe as “tired groaning interspersed with slight approval for Rogue One”, but the thing that stuck with me longest was just how much of a goddamned hot mess Doctor Strange is going to be. Oh sure, I’ve heard all the justified cries of whitewashing, not doubting them for a second, but it wasn’t until I saw the trailer for myself on the big screen that I knew my quip of “ah yes, there he is; the only white man in Nepal” was merely masking my absolute disgust at how far Marvel was willing to go to exclude actual non-Black characters of color from their films.

Little Door Gods PosterThis, however, wasn’t even what prompted me to write this post. A couple days ago on my Facebook wall, I saw someone drop a link that Little Door Gods was getting an English release. As happy as I was to hear that, the casting seemed to be doing everything in its power to knock the wind out of my sails. Meryl Streep? Nicole Kidman? Mel Brooks? All talented in their own right, but seriously: what the fuck is this shit? (Though according to a recent tweet by fellow reported vocal talent Zendaya, this could be untrue. Not that this excludes the problem.)

We need to do better.

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Nobody Learns without Getting It Wrong: A Zootopia Review

So, that furry movie, right?

Disney knows damn well what it's doing...

Disney knows damn well what they’re doing…

Okay, okay, so the internet has a way of reducing Disney’s newest flick Zootopia to just “that furry movie”, and I’ll be honest: I went (in part) just to see how furry it could get. How many buff, aesthetically pleasing tigers would the audience be introduced to? After Disney’s previous animated movie, I was cautiously optimistic that at the very least Zootopia would be more entertaining—an optimism that was supported by every other person who had seen the film before me. To my pleasure, not only was Zootopia a funny, adorable film, it also had a lot of things to say about the problems privilege and prejudice can bring, even if the film didn’t exactly know what it was doing with the latter at points.

Spoilers beneath the cut.

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Trailer Tuesdays: Pete’s Dragon 2016

I’m not sure how I feel about this remake. If I had to guess, I’d say cautiously optimistic, but not overly so. Although I take some issues with the original, I love the 1977 version of this movie and thus far the 2016 version looks as if it’ll be similar in name only. I don’t think that’s necessarily a bad thing, per se. After all, remakes need to be different enough to set themselves apart from the original. But if this trailer is anything to go by, the 2016 Pete’s Dragon looks as if it’s going to be much darker and serious, and that’s my biggest problem with it thus far.

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Sexualized Saturdays: Deadpool, Pansexuality, and LGBTQ+ Issues

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Probably the biggest thing I have been stressing in my past reviews of Deadpool is the character’s pansexuality and whether or not the movie would portray him accurately. I was extremely dubious that any hint of Deadpool being queer would make it into the movie, but to my pleasant surprise, his sexuality was at least hinted at—though I wouldn’t exactly call this movie a win for queer comic book fans.

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Deadpool: True to the Comic and Even Somewhat Feminist

As a huge Deadpool fan I went into the movie hoping for the best, but fearing the worst, and after finally seeing the movie today, all I can say is it was amazing!

Seriously, this might be one of my all-time favorite comic book movies. It not only stayed true to the character, but was much more progressive than I expected.

DeadpoolSpoilers after the cut.

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New Deadpool Trailer Keeps Me Skeptically Optimistic

During Christmas a new Deadpool trailer came out! So reviewing and talking about the new trailer is, I guess, a little late, but I don’t care. I love Deadpool and I’m going to keep talking about my hopes for this movie. There were several new things in this trailer that I was happy to see, such as the parody of objectification and more emphasis on the female characters in the movie.

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