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Junior Contributor II
Disney and the Morally Grey Villain
Throughout the years Disney has had villains that could easily be in the morally grey but instead of making these villains complex Disney opts to make them straight up evil. Villains such as Scar, Hades, Charles Muntz and Hans all have potential to be morally grey such as Scar clearly being disrespected by all including Mufasa, Hades having a moral code but being hated due to his position, Charles Muntz cheated by society and driven mad by isolation and Hans wanting respect and recognition after his mistreatment by his brothers. One could go into further depth with these characters, showing how they could have been morally grey and complex along with other Disney Villains who share similar fates.
Sympathy for the Devil: Hades in Media
In Greek mythology numerous Gods did evil things: Zeus destroyed entire civilizations, killed and raped numerous people and cheated on his wife countless times and that’s only one. However, Hades, lord of the underworld, is not evil. The closest thing to evil he ever got was kidnapping Persephone. However, in media Hades is shown to be a villain such as Disney’s Hercules and the Clash of the Titans remake, mostly due to the Christian belief that whoever rules below is evil. One could look into these and other misrepresentations of the mythological character and how he’s gotten a bad rep over the years.
The Futility of Vengeance in film
In films such as vigilante films vengeance never solves the heroes problems. One could delve into Paul Kersey’s constant isolation in the Death Wish films, Nick Hume destroying his life and his family’s life in Death Sentence and of course the Vengeance trilogy by Chan Wook Park.
The Return of the Action Genre
In the past decade the action genre of film has dwindled. It’s rare that we see a modestly budgeted action film make its way into theaters and even when it does it hardly ever does well. What we mostly see is films with titanic budgets, usually comic book based films, and the throwbacks to the good old days of action are only found on direct to video films with varying degrees of quality. But with the critical and financial success of John Wick, a modestly budgeted and original action film with countless potential for a large franchise, could the genre make a good comeback and if so how could it stay firmly in the box office once again?
I was surprised how well made Joe was considering it was directed by the same guy who made Pineapple Express and Your Highness.
The Raid 2 was leaps and bound better then it’s predecessor. A great story, great character development and phenomonal action scenes made it all one of the best. I’ve been kicking myself for the past year for not getting a chance to see it in theaters.
Just about every Friday and Saturday I find myself watching Mighty Morphin and most of the Saban shows and eagerly await every single new episode ever since Saban got the rights back… And I’m 23! Bent watching those technicolor superheroes beat the bad guys always bring some nostalgic joy to my adult life.
As an aspiring film critic myself this article gives me relief. I’m always hearing how journalism is on the decline and film criticism is irrelevant in this day and age and it worried me that my dream would never become my reality. But your article truly puts my mind at ease,
This is a fine article. I’ve never watched Sherlock, but considering that the show displays him as possibly being on the spectrum (and to me having those traits are great even without confirmation) I must now see it.
You know, I remember trying to get into Bob’s Burgers when it first premiered but after the first two episodes I have up, simply seeing it as stupid. And why not? By the time it premiered Simpsons had lost its greatness for me and the rest of Fox was bogged down by Seth Macfarlene’s crappy, offensive shows so I saw Bob’s Burgers as no different. However, after reading your article… Honestly I want to give it a real chance now.
I’ve always felt that certain films are only as good as their villains, however you do an excellent job in pointing out that the greatest of heroes can help a film.
This is a very well made article. It sickens me that these men had everything, their hopes an dreams placed before them on a silver platter. And what do they do? They throw it all away. Sickening!