Last time I talked about what I think is the best scene in what I think is the best movie, and this time I’m talking about what I think is the best scene in an incredibly blah and more than a little problematic movie.
I like this scene because:
a) Pocahontas’s dive, while illogical for many reasons (such as death) is cool.
b) It shows that Nakoma and Flit are right about everything and also that the movie, for whatever reason, doesn’t think so.
c) I have tipped a canoe and it sucked. But afterwards I thought, “Ah, whatever, now I’m like Nakoma.” Which is not true but I can dream.
The movie is blah because its main characters have no character and John Smith is the worst. It’s more than a little problematic because it seems to suggest that the inherent wrongs of colonialism are all down to one dude, who is coded as remarkably gay as well, so, you know. Colonialism is all good, otherwise. Also Pocahontas was a real person, and was kidnapped and held for ransom which makes the movie’s choice to turn her initial experience with colonialism into a boring love story a whole other level of uncomfortable.
Of all the subjects to make a Disney movie about, the impending genocide of America’s First Nations people was probably not the best one to choose.
But it’s a good scene.
Real quick today, I thought I’d talk about this one.
OK the truth is, the entire sequence in which Rafiki meets Simba, talks to him, shows him sky Mufasa, and then hits him with a stick is probably the best part of the movie – it’s likely that said sequence is what made The Lion King so iconic. Now, that’s just my opinion, of course, but as always, I’m entirely, objectively, unquestionably correct.
But this scene is still my favourite. I like Rafiki’s home, with the fruit hanging up and making cool wooden wind chime sounds when he passes. I like how he cracks open this fruit and twists his one arm up like that while eating it.
I love that he learns things just by looking at, sniffing, and swirling seeds that blew in. I like the monkey quality to his laughing and also the background theme because it’s just really good music.
I don’t think I’ve ever been able to watch this scene without smiling. I like it; it’s a good one.
These days if you compare something IRL to YA dystopia it’s probably because Donald Trump and his supporters are busy making their plots seem somewhat likely to unfold in our lifetimes.
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Well, I’ve got one, in the shape of a feature film.
Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium is pretty much perfect and it’s also inexcusably underrated by pretty much everybody. Maybe it’s because people are too cynical, maybe it’s kind of like a thestral in that only certain people are going to actually recognize it for what it is, but regardless, it’s great and I would go on about it but I’m only doing the short version today.
Mahoney is the best, my favourite part is everything that includes both Henry and Eric, and this is the scene that you need to see today:
Moving tatoos? Pig sidekick? Musical numbers? Ron Clements? John Musker? Polynesian Disney Princess?
is it November yet