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20 May 2004 @ 08:39 am
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Raaacism! No, Grandpa, that's just a fucking movie

For those of you who saw Shrek 2:

Can someone explain to me how in the bloody hell the production number of a certain Ricky Martin song was "a gag way past its time and deeply offensive to boot"? I don't know about you, but I sure as hell didn't see anything that was remotely offensive, yet alone deeply. My best guess:

Premise: The song in question is considered to be Latin music.
Premise: Antonio Banderas, who voiced Puss in Boots, is Hispanic.
Premise: Puss in Boots danced around during the song.
Conclusion: Privileged Whitey thinks Hispanic people can only dance around to Latin music! OMFG TEH RACISM!!!11!!!

Seriously, people - I don't get it.
Current Mood: confusedconfused
Onezumionezumi on May 20th, 2004 05:57 am (UTC)
Don't you just love it when people who hate the genre review things? I think its stupid. Its like having somebody who hates RPGs review an RPG. They'll give it a bad score. People r dum.
The Heavy Metal Matador: frylockrydain on May 20th, 2004 06:10 am (UTC)
Yeab, really. I could understand it if they were trying to see how much a game might appeal to those who aren't fans of its genre (especially if it was billed as having that sort of appeal), but what usually results is "OMFG boring worst game evar".
the Anything Muppetxerne on May 20th, 2004 06:22 am (UTC)
I liked the bit where Rupert is being typecast because casting gay people is worse than not casting them, or something.
The Heavy Metal Matador: frylockrydain on May 20th, 2004 07:44 pm (UTC)
I doubt that the guy would have been happy regardless of what role Rupert had in the movie.

Openly gay character - Hello typecasting!

Character who never reveals anything about his sexual orientation - They were obviously trying to oppress Rupert by insinuating that gay people have to pretend to be asexual.

Heterosexual character - So now Rupert isn't just hiding his orientation, he's DENYING it! Damn you evil homophobic producers!

You'd think that if Rupert were that bothered by the Prince Charming role, he would have turned it down. Heaven forbid that an adult would have the capacity to decide what does and does not offend them... >_<
sinistarfithsinistarfith on May 20th, 2004 07:33 am (UTC)
Wha... huh?!
I suppose the reviewer would have preferred having William Hung do that number?

It's unfortunate when somebody takes far too serious a persepective towards a film that is obvious meant as light comedy. Not black comedy, not biting social commentary, not Gilliam-esque comedy. Nope, light comedy with a bunch of pop-culture references thrown in for good measure.

Is the movie too derivative of its predecessor? Oh yeah, definitely. The protagonists' story arcs are nearly the same as the first film when looking at them from an emotional interrelation factor.

But to put it down because the three pigs talk to the three blind mice? What was the point of that supposed jab? It's a fantasy world based on comedically modernized fairy tales. It's light, it's airy, it's not really worthy of deep analysis. Unfortunately, I think this guy was incensed that it's his job to analyze stuff like this when he'd rather be off trying to convince 10 year olds to watch Kurosawa films.

I wasn't a huge fan of Shrek 1, but I enjoyed Shrek 2 quite a bit. Again, I thought the Shrek/Fiona struggle in this one was far too close to that in the original film, but there's no reason to quest if there is no adversity. It had to come from somewhere.
Skurtchasorskurtchasor on May 20th, 2004 08:25 am (UTC)
Re: Wha... huh?!
I think this guy was incensed that it's his job to analyze stuff like this when he'd rather be off trying to convince 10 year olds to watch Kurosawa films.

Yeah, you've hit the nail on the head here. But he should be happy that he actually has a job in the first place (one that doesn't involve flipping burgers, I mean).

I find that most art critics (film, music, or otherwise) are seriously disconnected from the general public. They don't realize that your average moviegoer hasn't had the "privilege" of an eduction at one of the finest art schools, and therefore simply isn't going to understand the "sublime subtleties" [read: inside jokes that only a film major might understand]. In fact, the said moviegoer probably knows of Kurosawa only as that guy from the Barenaked Ladies song who makes mad films, so these critics should stop overestimating their own importance and get their heads out of their asses. The primary reason most of us go to the movies is for entertainment, and while it's not undesirable to see a film that makes you think, not every movie has to be a groundbreaking social commentary on the postmodern causality of Baudrillard's duality of the Problematic.
hhallahh on May 20th, 2004 09:41 am (UTC)
Let's not forget that the mule was played by a black guy. D:
sinistarfithsinistarfith on May 20th, 2004 10:40 am (UTC)
And the green guy was played by a white guy! And Mongo was probably played by somebody who wasn't even a mongoloid!</a> WILL THE MADNESS NEVER END???? ;)
Jill: ellewanderingrogue on May 20th, 2004 02:41 pm (UTC)
The fuck? I guess I missed all the overt racism. I can't make the article work for me, but I guess I'm a horrible human being in that I wanted Prince Charming (voiced by *gasp* gay actor Rupert Everett) to run off with his mother's driver, Kyle. (Not to mention *gasp* his mother was voiced by Jennifer Saunders, a woman with an enormous gay following because of the fact that she created and stars in Absolutely Fabulous. Oh, the stereotypical horror of horrors!)

Since they didn't have a karaoke dance party (that I saw, didn't sit through the credits) I was quite happy with Puss In Boots (not to mention Donkey...did he mention that Donkey sang and danced too?) performing "Living La Vida Loca". Christ, I thought it was hilarious.

Of course, I thought the whole fucking movie was hilarious. Did you catch the O.J. Simpson reference? Oh, I laughed until I almost peed. I need a Puss In Boots icon now. Preferrably when he's doing his big watery eye bit.

Evidentally, I should have been busy being outraged and not bother with any of that pesky laughing and enjoying the movie?!?!