Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Opening This Week: Percy Jackson & Elysium

Malekith leading us into darkness in Thor 2: The Dark World.
Tomorrow, so I have found out, the second trailer for Thor: The Dark World is supposed to be released, so I will have that up asap! Tom Hiddleston, who portrays our beloved villain Loki, has confirmed he is not returning to Avengers 2: The Age Of Ultron and had this wonderful bit to say about his character in the upcoming film:

"I'd like to take [Loki] to his absolute rock bottom. I'd like to see him yield, essentially, to his darkest instincts. Then, having hit rock bottom, maybe come back up. I think the fascination for me about playing Loki is that, in the history of the mythology and the comic books and the Scandinavian myths, is he's constantly dancing on this fault line of the dark side and redemption."

I will be completely honest with you: I am TOTALLY looking forward to Percy Jackson and the Olympians: Sea Of Monsters opening this weekend:
Why is this film about kids so exciting to me? Because it's about kids. As we have discussed numerous times, films obviously supporting socialism, like Elysium, also opening this weekend, tend to make it look like all the younger generations (post Baby Boomers, like my own, Generation X) hate capitalism and want something new, young and exciting. The kids in Percy Jackson are defending their homeland, they are the kids of the Olympians, like we are the children of the Founding Fathers, so they are bucking the trend the liberal media and the White House is trying to convince us exists that all young people want to destroy the Constitution and do away with competition and standards. It's not coincidental, my dear readers, that the excellent actor, Stanley Tucci (pictured below), plays the "arbiter" of who will be going to retrieve the Golden Fleece since he also plays the MC in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, opening in November (we will discuss the second trailer that has been released for that film tomorrow with the second Thor 2 trailer).
Stanley Tucci portrays Mr. D (for Dionysus), and what does he say in the trailer? "Only our best can go" on this journey to save us all. By the way events happen in the trailer, we can guess that Percy isn't chosen to go, but goes on his own, taking the fate of his homeland upon himself, with the help of his friends. So, in promoting competition, which The Hunger Games does not, especially in the second installment of the story, it promotes standards--which is not something embraced by socialism, because socialism tends to kill all the elites so they can't overthrow the socialists--but it also recognizes DESTINY, that--regardless of what does or does not happen in the competition--Percy has a destiny he must fulfill for the good of everyone (everyone has a destiny, but in this narrative, we are focusing on Percy). Destiny is ALWAYS denied by socialists because who is the author of a person's destiny? God, and socialists deny God. So the fundamentals upon which the narrative is based is very much against socialism and supporting the basics of capitalism.
Putting Mr. Tucci in such a comparable role begs comparison between the two films (I know you probably think I over-do things sometimes, however, there is a specific reason Tucci was cast in this role, and depending on how the "best" among them is determined will probably draw our attention to what The Hunger Games is saying and Percy Jackson wants to undermine. Think I am joking about the socialism? Who is it that's threatening to be released? The father of the Olympians, Kronos, who we also saw in Clash Of the Titans: Wrath Of the Titans and, like the Malekith in Thor the Dark World, his unleashing is equated with darkness and chaos. THAT's why there are Olympians, because from the darkness and chaos of man fighting man, man started pulling together to create communities that stood and fought together, and as they supported each other, they overcame darkness, just like Percy and his friends staying together to defeat Kronos in the film. The "darkness" both Thor 2 and Percy Jackson are fighting is the "darkness OF chaos," and what is chaos? When we can't make the choices necessary to fulfill our destiny, which leads us to the other film opening this weekend,...
The tagline reads, "Where there are gods, there are monsters," invoking, of course, the 1998 film about homosexuality in Hollywood, Gods and Monsters. Why? In the film, Percy will face an army of zombies and the "Ultimate Evil" but when all of us search to find the God within us (and, as Children Of God, God lives in us, because we couldn't live without God and His Grace) we find the monsters within us trying to drown out that Ultimate Good, trying to make us fear more than love, run away whether than trust and fight. Monsters have to try and destroy goodness, which is what God is, so when we try overcoming the sin in our lives, the monsters within us fight harder to stay in place. On a larger scale, because of the success of the United States, we are vulnerable to other countries hating us, like, everyone, especially the Middle East.  
As I said before, there is about twenty seconds in the first sixty seconds of Wreck-It Ralph that, if you blew that up, and put Matt Damon in it, you would have the two hour film Elysium. Ralph, in game world, lives in the city trash dump, but he wants to live in the Penthouse with the Nice People; what does he do? He finds a way to prove himself and earn a place, making the world a better place for everyone. In Elysium, the whole story is about, how earth has become a trash heap, but all the rich people live on Elysium, like Matt Damon himself, so he's going to "wreck it" for them and everyone (of course, the story doesn't take place like that):
The question is quite simple: if more people have more rights and equality under socialism, then why has Obama taken so many rights away from the American people and started spying on them? Why has he sought to divide races in America, rather than unite them? You can answer that question for yourself as to whether or not Elysium depicts the world as you see it, but the second film this weekend I am looking forward to is Planes:
Who else did we recently hear be called a "farm boy?" Clark Kent, the Man Of Steel. Again, Planes is about competition, and the Best Of the Best. If you have kids, do you want them to see a film like Elysium, teaching them to take what others have, and that the world is unfairly constructed against them, and they are victims, or do you want them to be inspired by Dusty Cropduster and Percy Jackson?  All summer long--actually, the last two years long--we have seen the battle between socialism and capitalism being waged and whether or not competition brings out the best or worst in us; the truth is, it brings out both, but as Americans, we know that the good in one person will always outweigh the bad in ten others, and that's what has made America great and, hopefully, will keep us going.
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