Hey friends I've decided to kinda switch mosta my activity over here
I have slowly become aware of this problem and its various permutations! Will maybe have to do something about it soonish (account migration??)
Lets pretend okay lets pretend that they *do* get all the signatures they need. Do they want Disney to just like do...take backsies?? Pull the movie from theaters and start over??? With comprehensive creative notes from the petition signers???????
I'll say this though: its nice that *this* is the absurd-ass fight people wanna have because the last time there were Arguments About Star Wars, *wow* were they gross and ugly and hateful and sexist and racist.
I am tickled *pink* by the fact that there is a change dot org petition about the new movie re: Luke Skywalker having...you know a new character arc.
I'm not even going to try to unpack these arguments on a creative level since if there's one thing I know about fixated-ass Gen X nerd culture is that it wants everything it cares about to stay frozen in time and yo that *doesn't work and also just kinda cant happen*
What I really want to know is...what. are even. their. Demands????????
There's also the fact that, as a movie, RPO has to establish the *look* of all its own original mise en scene, which then makes the pop culture referency stuff stick out like a whole fistful of sore thumbs.
There's a reason heavy pop culture referencing most directly happens in recent-past period pieces set in the modern world.
So the moral of the story?? This movie is liable to bomb in ways I didn't even *realize* it was setting itself up to.
Most people going to the movies? They know what a Delorean is.
Tracer and Chun li are both from fairly popular video games.
Iron Giant? You're steadily creeping into the divide between nerd culture's preservationist values and the fact that Nobody Has A Memory Over Two Years.
And, I'm sorry, and I say this as a fan, but *nobody* in America knows what the fuck Gundam is. Bandai *failed* spectacularly to make that catch on past Wing. I was *there*. I watched it happen.
On the written page a sentence containing words like "ultraman" and "delorean" and "gundam" all carry roughly equal weight, in so far as if you know them, you know them, and if you don't, well you can wiki/google that.
Visually? You're at the mercy of how recognizable each individual thing you reference is in context.
So I was the RPO trailer tonight and actually Here Is The Thing: Kline's pop culture-reference heavy style doesn't translate effectively to a visual medium because, given the extant assumption that movies require a broad mass audience who are *not* necessarily members of an adapted work's core fanbase, a *crapload* of these references are going to ~fly~ over people's heads.
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