K Gopal Krishna’s Film Log
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Get Out (2017)
The overall plot also addresses a fundamental fact: race is not about skin color. It’s not biological. It’s a social construct, and whiteness is not a race but a loyalty to the hegemony of white supremacist capitalism. White minds appropriating black bodies is very directly shown here in insidious science fiction, a metaphor that encapsulates whiteness on multiple levels, but woven into the story are a thousand references to institutional discriminations and the very real state violence against black people.
We continue to live in a society where the combination of a police car and a black citizen inherently alludes to confrontation, violence, arrest, oppression, and yet, the real, and sad, truth is found in how Peele can grasp a situational example of ethnic tension and multipurpose it into a thrill which anyone can comprehend.
Bombay Velvet (2015)
How to Train Your Dragon (2010)
Fun film, sure. But there’s little ingenuity in how characters are built. Both Deab and Chris largely ignore how Hiccup is treated by his friends and family throughout the film. Particularly, Stoick who, not once, shows any kind of attention or emotional care towards his own son while expecting a Viking’s might; with jabs like “You’re not my son” frequenting the screen, serve to both demean and belittle Stoick. It’s all part of the Vikings era; this was how they behaved. Alright, but what of forgiveness? What of change? What of the aftermath of change? Well, there is none. Even under the guise of being a kids’ movie, it is hilarious to note that someone as stubborn as Stoick not only change instantaneously but apologize to someone whom he disowned just hours ago. It is funnier to see how much of a trope Astrid is. She keeps ignoring and demeaning Hiccup, using him as bait to finish her training. Hiccup, who obviously takes none of this to heart because hey, he is a child and being constantly insulted affects him only on the surface, right? Astrid is further trimmed of character when change also affects her instanteously; so much, so that she falls in love with Hiccup who accepts her kiss without ado.
Weathering With You (2019)
I think Shinkai isn’t concerned about distance here as he is in the informal trilogy that I refer to – 5 Centimeters Per Second (2007), The Garden of Words (2013) and Your Name. (2016); in that order. Though there are glimpses of emotional distance, what Shinkai is doing is actually making a far broader statement. We are ready to sacrifice the world if it meant fulfilling a temporal desire.