Pacific Rim, Raleigh, and Emotional Intelligence
So Pacific Rim is all up in my tumblr, and I’m psyched because I finally saw it and holy chihuahua was it awesome.
A lot of people are rightly digging the portrayal of Mako Mori. Del Toro’s being quoted: “One of the other things I decided was that I wanted a female lead who has the equal force as the male leads. She’s not going to be a sex kitten, she’s not going to come out in cutoff shorts and a tank top, and it’s going to be a real earnestly drawn character.”
A non-white main female character in an action movie with her own compelling narrative? Fan-fucking-tastic. And rad style, too.
There is far less joy over the main character, Raleigh, a pretty, generic blond white male with the unobjectionably American jaw+stubble that must come standard in California MUA’s toolboxes now or something. And that’s fair. Another white male lead in an action film isn’t something to cheer on its own.
But you know what, something was puzzling me during the whole movie. I couldn’t quite put my finger on it, but I finally asked myself, “Why do I like Raleigh so much?” And it hit me — Raleigh was being handled, in Pacific Rim, in a way I was utterly unaccustomed to seeing a male character handled. Raleigh served as a source of emotional intelligence, insight, and support for the other characters in a manner utterly belied by his football-star squint.
Oh my GOD, love this :D
Monsters University: Why you should see it
Ask which Pixar movie is a favorite, a lot of people say Finding Nemo or Toy Story or, especially on my section of Tumblr, The Incredibles. Mine has always been Monsters Inc. for a lot of different reasons.
I went to see the prequel of it today with not a lot of expectation. It was a Pixar movie so I knew it’d be good. I was already out of college, so maybe I wouldn’t enjoy the college parody as much. But when I sat down and started watching I realized how much I was going to enjoy it.
Spoilers from this point on!