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Movies Lately: End of the World Edition

I'm still not feeling ready to return to reading my social sites, and I'm not sure how long it will be. Probably not more than a couple days, but this is the first time that I'm leaving without intending to scroll down and get myself caught up at some point, and I'm a little worried that someone's having a crisis on a personal level and I'll be oblivious. So I just wanted to make a couple things clear.

First, I care about your well-being more than I care about your opinions. If you need a place to vent, cry, or hide, I can provide one. The only thing I won't tolerate is a request to bar the door to anyone else because of their opinions.

Second, if you don't want me on your flist anymore due to my silence or for any other reason, I am totally cool with being dropped without warning, no hard feelings. If I haven't dropped you first, you can assume that I want to be your friend, so I'd probably appreciate a chance to reconcile, but we all have our own policies for flist maintenance and I respect yours.

With that taken care of, here's some rambling about the movies I've seen lately.

The night before the election all I wanted was peace and harmony, so I told my husband I'd watch a movie of his choice. The fly in the ointment here is that his favorite movie genre is "aftermath of a nuclear bomb". Seriously, this is the third time he's pulled this on me. I mean, what better way to visualize peace and harmony during a pivotal moment in American politics than a couple hours' worth of world war imagery, right? Threads is extremely well-made and realistic. If you value sleep or optimism don't see it.

The night of the election all I wanted was to turn off my brain, and I was alone, so I thought it was time to rent the source of this icon I've been hanging onto for months. (Dammit, the disc is still in my bag. When am I going to get to a Redbox?) I knew it was going to be bad but it did surpass my expectations in that regard. The opportunity to patch up the faults in the franchise was completely wasted; none of the characters had anything to do with their comic counterparts, and there was nothing especially interesting in anything completely new that was introduced.

The line that keeps running through my head is, "Had this ruby quartz lying around." Guys. Ruby quartz is a fictional substance, and the only use it has in 616 is to block Scott's optic blast. Even the writers have admitted that they came up with it for no particular reason. Could we not have tweaked that line just a tiny bit? Our science people looked at your mutant file and we want you to try these experiment glasses? Was it supposed to be a lampshade? WHY WOULD ANYONE HAVE RUBY QUARTZ LYING AROUND?

Also, MacTaggart was American, just as I feared. I noticed she mentioned her son; I am kind of curious about Legion and will probably check out a few episodes when it starts to air. Actually, if they use the same actress, maybe that justifies the accent? I wouldn't blame them for not wanting to set the show in Scotland. I just hope they never try to adapt Rahne to this verse.

I can think of two things off the top of my head that I did like: Quicksilver's slow-mo scene and one line from Charles (can't really think of McAvoy as Xavier or Professor X). Quicksilver's scenes never get old, huh? And for once, they're actually better in the Fox version than the MCU, since they're more playful. Loved it when I noticed his "Rush" shirt. The line from Charles was when Apocalypse made him project a message to the world, and he regained enough control to modify the end of it and charge the strong with protecting the weak. If that's cheesy, it's noble cheesy, and it's what the superhero genre should be.

Ah, Doctor Strange. Well now. Here's something we can all be happy about. It's interesting, unique, visually stunning, funny, and poignant. The Mirror Universe is such a great idea that I can't believe it's not a fantasy staple. Put the action wherever you want it, give the combatants virtually limitless power, make the danger real, and still have an explanation for bystanders being unharmed and not even noticing what's going on? Every wizard in fiction could use a loophole like that. The portals were also lots of fun, and the Cloak of Levitation (was that its name? Even though it was clearly a cape?) looked great on Strange while at the same time playing the role of the magical creature sidekick that I do so love.

Hoping to see a lot more manual spellcasting gestures when he next shows up. I kept wondering if I had missed something regarding the state of his hands, but if he just happens to be able to make intricate motions with his fingers even if they still haven't been officially healed, that's okay by me. I'm also looking forward to him showing up as a mysterious stranger for some other character we already know. I barely know Doctor Strange from the comics, but I always got the impression that he was exotic and unpredictable, which is hard to portray in an origin story. Actually, somehow I was expecting him to have some undefinable accent, or at least his British one since I'm American and anything not American sounds exotic to us. Obviously that is not going to change and wouldn't have worked. I'll get used to it.

Also this movie made me realize -- usually the MCU crossovers are the parts I look forward to the most, but my absolute favorite in the set is Guardians of the Galaxy, which hardly has any of those aside from the Infinity Stone. Doctor Strange is the same way -- a couple of references to the Avengers is all we get until the stinger with Thor (which was great), but it doesn't feel like it's missing anything. My greatest hope is that there will always be cast and crew who are willing to make another MCU movie even if the market for A-list team-up blockbusters fades away. Just an appearance from Cumberbatch as Strange (Johanssen as Romanov, etc. etc.) in someone else's movie twenty years from now will be enough to keep it alive. Heck, two of the trailers we saw this time were for sequels to has-been franchises I had no idea that anyone was trying to revive. Sometimes our hopes are safe!

Speaking of the trailers...best ever! Everything I'd been watching on YouTube, but on the big screen. And then some I hadn't known to look for. 2017 is going to be an incredible year of cinema!

That's all I can think of, although I do have a lot of TV to post about. More Wolfsbane coming in a bit.
Tags: a movie i saw, marriage, marvel cinematic universe, x-men
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