I find this pretty tragic. Yesterday, in our post on San Andreas with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, we discussed the metaphor of the San Andreas fault line as the civil war in Hollywood over liberal and conservative politics; in the new Mad Max Fury Road trailer, it's pretty clear in the first couple of seconds which side the film is going to fall on:
There's a lot to this trailer, and I don't have the time to go into depth--I'm trying to get the Penguins done--but what are the first words we hear? Oil. Most conservative Americans I know, and have heard view their positions, don't want the US dependent on oil from the Middle East; most liberals I know don't want there to be any oil at all, wanting only green renewable energy that regrettably isn't progressing fast enough for the requirements of the market. Regardless, most liberals--erroneously or not--pit conservatives and oil together. The beautiful Charlize Theron reminds me of the androgynous Seneg in World War Z, the liberal concept that women should be more like men, and men should be more like women. With her super-short, dark crew cut, I didn't even recognize her until the credits came up, and that is, ultimately, what liberals/socialists want: a "identity-less" individual-less" society made up of vast numbers of people who have no name, just a number, and worship the state as god. We won't see that in Mad Max Fury Road, but we will see conservatives appearing as monsters.
The catchy little song playing is Kula Shaker's version of Deep Purple's Hush. The opening lines, "We are an independent, international intelligence agency," is just like the James Bond villain Blofeld's SPECTRE, but obviously, The Kingsman try to undermine organizations like SPECTRE. Again, there is a lot to sift through in this trailer, but given that the camera holds on the shop window with the three men's apparel in it for so long, perhaps we should focus on that, too. First of all, The Kingsman is written on a shop window, which means, part of what they do is protect businesses. The cream colored suit on the left side is nice and formal, but not as formal as the suit on the right side, so we can say the cream colored suit symbolizes the middle-class, employees and business owners; the suit on the right side is a bit more formal, symbolizing those who own big businesses and corporations (they are also being protected) and, finally, the smoking jacket in the center would symbolize the "leisure class," or those with inherited wealth. Again, this "front" for the Kingsman is the real identity they are putting out.
When Eggsy (meaning "egg," like the double-hatching of Private in Penguins Of Madagascar, "new birth" which the kid is going through as a new person with a purpose, like in My Fair Lady) asks, how far down does this room go? The room going down the shaft is a metaphor for what Eggsy is going to have to do to himself: go deep. Eggsy will have to ask himself who he is and what he wants, probably the two most important questions in a person's life, and we'll watch him do it. It's difficult to hear, but at about 0:33, Firth's character says, "Becoming a Kingsman has nothing to do with the circumstances of one's birth," and that's important because it indicates a "climbing" of the social ladder, the ability to make of one's self what one wants and those are values that I, personally, uphold. The next trailer is for Disney's Inside Out:
I don't quite know what to make of the trailer, but the tagline, "a major emotion picture" MIGHT be an indication that this film will debunk the liberals' insistence that, instead of people using rational thought and logic to solve their problems, they just "feel their way" through life. I can only hope. I do have a correction to make: I thought Night At the Museum 3 opened this weekend, and it doesn't open until next weekend; just Exodus: God and Kings for this weekend, which I am still going to go see tomorrow night.
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|Gogo Yubari (Chiaki Kuriyama) was the bodyguard for O-Ren (Lucy Liu) in Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill Vol 1.|
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