Remember how everyone’s favorite part of Heath Ledger’s performance in Brokeback Mountain was his almost painful physical repression, his reluctance to express any emotion that wasn’t punching or SHUTTING DOWN? His voice was closed in on itself in a raspy burr — he fell to the ground rather than shed tears — his face was hooded and dark and full of twitching cheek muscles. Kristen Stewart is Heath Ledger, I assure you. She has the same handsome face, the same winsome, masculine smile, the same reluctance to make direct eye contact.
For years, everyone in the world has misunderstood Kristen Stewart’s compressed emotional range. They thought it meant she was a limited actress; it means nothing of the kind. She is John Wayne being forced to play the Maureen O’Hara character. Give her a rail to lean against during a sunset, a military jacket, a toothpick to chew on, and something to squint her eyes against lazily in the distance, and her guardedness will be transformed from unsuccessful femininity to The Great American Male.
Kristen Stewart is a goddamn cowboy.
y’know, seeing as how this website has an incredible collective interest in girls, homosexuals, Marvel superheroes, outer space, and dragons
I’m a little surprised I don’t hear as much about Phyla-Vell, who is a Marvel superhero space-venturing lesbian, who is canonically in a relationship with a girl who is sometimes a dragon
a couple days ago i saw someone raise the question of why Pacific Rim only seems to be resonating with millennials, and i didn’t know the answer, but i’ve been thinking about it a lot and suddenly i understand
it’s because it’s a movie about young people who are smart and capable but nonetheless handed a broken and nightmarish dying world, which is hurting everybody but especially them because they’re the ones who have to live their whole lives in it
and maybe it’s somebody’s fault but maybe it’s nobody’s fault, it doesn’t matter, but
there is a solution—which is literally to allow those young people to connect with and lean on each other and to give them the resources to take care of it themselves—but those in power refuse to take that solution seriously, so all the money and resources and power that should be going to fixing the problem are going into useless holes that aren’t going to save anybody
and everyone knows there’s no chance that things will get better. they know that everything is going to be terrible for the rest of time
and these young people take that world and the pathetic bottom of the barrel that’s been left for them and they spit and rebel in the faces of all of that, screaming that they won’t let it take them down after all
it’s a story about young people, together, exercising hope and power when they are afforded none and the stakes are so high
and it’s your story, too, if you make it be
H O L Y S H I T. Why does this not have a million notes?? I can’t comment on the part about Pacific Rim only resonating with Millennials, but as for the rest … I have seen a lot of AMAZING meta on Pacific Rim already, but—and I’m about to get stupidly fucking sappy over a goddamn movie about giant fucking robots fighting giant fucking sea monsters, because this is probably the realest fucking meta on this movie that I have seen—
We are Mako Mori.
We are Raleigh, Aleksis, Sasha, Cheung, Hu, Jin, Chuck, Newt, Hermann, and Tendo.
We are the PPDC and we have to figure out how to solve this shit and we have no money and no resources, but we have each other.
And that’s why stories matter and that’s why proper representation matters, because we’re all in this together, and that’s amazing.
This is a fascinating bit of meta-analysis of Pacific Rim, and I’d like to add my little bit as a Gen-Xer.
We(*) were raised on the idea that the world was doomed, and it was all going to end in thermonuclear fire within our lifetimes. And as we are all powerless against a nuclear blast, we were subtly indoctrinated with the idea that we were equally powerless against the political-military-industrial complex that was responsible for placing us there.
It was a brilliant bit of social engineering, indoctrinating an entire generation of people that there was no point, no hope and no one to blame for it all, because everyone was equally to blame. It was just the way people are. Millenials can’t even begin to understand how grim and oppressive the Cold War was to grow up in. How corrosive to the psyche.
And how could they? The Cold War was over before they were even born. The Soviet Bloc and the Warsaw Pact are just names in the history books. Hell, who remembers the Warsaw Pact these days?
It was a totally different world.
But with the rise of the internet, and most especially of the various forms of social media, particularly Twitter and Tumblr, we’ve all learned that we can oppose those in power when they make decisions we don’t agree with.
We’ve been greatly empowered, with the speed that we can learn of events and the ease with which we can gather together to raise our voices and say “No, this is not acceptable. You should not do this and you will not do this in my name.”
Alone, we can fall victim to the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune.
Together, we are the seas of troubles.