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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Sexualized Saturdays: Comic Book Movies Fail to Portray Queer Characters

X-MenI have been pretty impressed with comic book movies lately. Yeah, it’s still not ideal, but both Marvel and DC Comics have far more women and people of color in their upcoming movies than they had before. At least now in Marvel we have Natasha, Pepper, Wanda, and Sam Wilson and James Rhodes, and we’re about to get Black Panther and Captain Marvel, but we don’t have one single queer character. And in DC Comics we are finally getting Wonder Woman, Aquaman (played by Jason Momoa), and Black Atom (played by Dwayne Johnson), but again, still no queer characters. It’s pretty nice to see even some progress being made—well, in some areas at least. When it comes to queer representation, both DC and Marvel Comics are severely lacking even to the point of straightwashing queer characters. Despite gay marriage being legalized in the United States, continuing to be legal in at least nineteen other countries, including countries like France, South Africa, Argentina, and Brazil, and gay rights gaining ever increasing support, it seems The Powers That Be are still hesitant about including gay characters in their comic book movies.

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