Okay I’m literally halfway through this movie and I had to stop because this fucking scene. It wasn’t that the acting was horrible or the tropes were played out to a fucking T, it’s this fight scene between Chuck and Raleigh that pissed me off to no fucking end. Time and time again we have movies that portray women as no nonsense fighters (Mako Mori ladies and gentlemen) who have some weakness (lost in the drift, got it). However, this woman who can obviously defend herself has to have her honor defended from a complete macho jackass who has just called her a “bitch” who needs to get put back on her leash (true, would make anyone angry). This plays out in ALMOST EVERY FILM. I could literally tell you what happens in this cookie cutter fight in my fucking sleep. 1. Jackass insults chick. 2. Chick does nothing. 3. Honorable man steps up and throws first hit, usually a quick hit to the face, then demands Jackass apologizes. 4. Jackass refuses to apologize and the to super butch men fight like crazy while Chick stands and fucking watches. She doesn’t even try to stop them (if she didn’t want them fighting about her fucking honor) even though she’s already beaten one of them in a fight, no does she try to defend herself or tell the Honorable man that she can “handle it herself, thank you very much” and then proceed to do whatever she fucking wants to Jackass.
It just fucking frustrates me that I can literally give you a play by play of this goddamn repetitive scene in every fucking movie. Stop. Watching men fight over women’s honor is getting super fucking old. Chuck your ass back to the romantic poetry of the Middle Ages and leave the decisions up to the people who actually got insulted.
This. And I don’t understand the Hunnam (Is that his name?) love. He is SO BORING. God damn, I am so tired of blonde, blue/green eyed muscled American dudes. I am SO NOT ATTRACTED TO THAT. I couldn’t give a shit if he was in the movie or not.
This movie, for me, was all about Mako and Stacker Pentecost.
For the 8,000th time, what exactly would Mako kicking Chuck’s ass here accomplish? Other than demonstrating she’s Little Miss Tough Asian Ninja Chick? Which would be so great, yeah, let’s have the Asian Chick run around beating up everyone, that’s not excellent character development.
This scene is NOT ABOUT MAKO.
We already know Mako could kick Chuck’s ass. She actually steps forward to do it and Raleigh stops her. They’re in enough trouble with Pentecost already at that point. We’ve already seen Mako win a physical fight against Raleigh (who is a much better fighter than Chuck). Why do we need to see her beat up someone else? Just to prove she’s “tough”? I’m so sick of people talking about Mako like she’s passive. I don’t know what exactly they want, Mako to turn into Lara Croft? Is she just supposed to fight everyone? Is she supposed to grab Raleigh and take Gipsy Danger out for a joyride or something to prove she’s defying Pentecost? Because things work out so well for people who ignore Pentecost’s orders.
And there is no conflict between Chuck and Mako. We’ve never seen them interact until now. And Chuck isn’t speaking to her, he’s speaking to Raleigh. He’s looking for the button to press to get Raleigh to snap. This scene is a continuation of the conflict that’s been going on between Chuck and Raleigh since Raleigh first set foot into the Shatterdome.
This scene is about Raleigh’s character. Chuck goads him and goads him and Raleigh refuses to take the bait. No matter how Chuck insults Raleigh to his face, Raleigh doesn’t respond. UNTIL Chuck drags Raleigh’s co-pilot into it. (And let’s not forget, Raleigh’s been alone for five years and sure he could never connect with another person genuinely until he meets Mako, then Pentecost refuses to let Raleigh be her co-pilot until the last minute, then the Drift goes to hell and Raleigh’s standing there terrified that the first connection he’s made since Yancy died is about to be taken away for good.)
So Chuck insults Raleigh’s co-pilot and Raleigh beats the shit out of him with almost no effort. It’s this scene that demonstrates that Chuck has been completely stupid and underestimated Raleigh by about a thousand miles. Chuck is supposedly the best Jaeger pilot alive at this point, and Raleigh hands him his ass without breaking a sweat. And Chuck still doesn’t learn, because even after Raleigh forces him into submission, he gets up and tries to keep fighting despite his father and Pentecost being there.
Raleigh used to be Chuck. He used to be young and think he was invincible. He used to be a cocky son of a bitch with something to prove to the world. He’s not that guy any more, so he knows what Chuck is doing, why he’s doing it, and he takes as much as he can take until he teaches Chuck a lesson he badly needs about underestimating people. And he emphasizes, with the repeated demands that Chuck apologize, that Raleigh isn’t doing this because he’s offended on his own behalf. He’s telling Chuck “I don’t care about your opinion of me, because I can break you in half any time I want, but you don’t insult my co-pilot.”
Mako, for her part, is not involved in this conflict between these two. It’s also not about her or her honor. And she’s standing there ready to dive in if her co-pilot needs her.
If you think any of the characters in this movie are boring or undeveloped, you’re not paying close enough attention.
And FWIW, Charlie Hunnam isn’t American, he’s British (which explains the rather weird accent).
I love Jim Carrey. I once met him in a 7/11, and I was getting a soda, I turned and saw it was him, and he saw I was going for a Doctor Pepper, so he said “Oh did you want one of these”, to which I stuttered out a yes and he grabbed all of them and said “too bad” and brought them up to the front. Then he bought his stuff and left the sodas there, and left. Almost immediately after, he ran back in and began putting the sodas back and paid for mine.
This is what happens when Candians are let lose and try to prank people
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