As Mime and I lay around dying this week (side affects of world domination attempts…or what the mundane call “stomach bug”), we watched movies. Logical, really.
Besides introducing Mime to the brilliance of The A-Team, we watched 20th Century Fox’s movie: Epic.
Epic was not epic. (A title like that was a little presumptuous, in my opinion.) But it wasn’t the weird humour or the lack of chivalry on the main guy’s part, it was the story crux. (WARNING: This post contains spoilers for Epic and Avatar.)
my interpretation of the crux of Epic: You are born where you need to be. If you don’t fit in where you were born: suck it up. You need to be there.
My interpretation could be totally off kilter, by the way. I’m just one lonely little opinion.
For instance: Nod wants to race bird-owl-thingies. He doesn’t want to be a Leafman (a soldier). He wants to be free! Independent! Follow his dreams!
Also, Nod looks exactly like Flynn Rider. I’m not the only one who thinks so because I already found this on Google:
|Someone is fired.|
Also: we have Professor Bomba! He is…um, uncoordinated? That’s putting it nicely. He’s a freak! A weirdo! His life is devoted to finding fairies (haha) in the backyard and he’s gone a little nuts in the process.
Why can’t they shrink him down and let him live among the little winged-thingies?! He’d love that! He wouldn’t be a freak in the human society. He’d be living his dream!
He was born a human (so was M.K., his unfortunate daughter who spends most of the movie shrunk tiny), so human he will stay.
I struggle with this!
Maybe it’s just me! Maybe I’m being too fussy for an animated movie. But why couldn’t Nod be a racer? He had to learn to be a soldier and serve his country. Why couldn’t Professor Bomba be tiny like the fairies and have a great life?
The movie ends with everyone in their “proper” places (the humans as human-size and the wild and careless fairies as soldiers).
I’m a big fan of Avatar. In Avatar, Jake Sully was born a dorky little human. What happened? He spent most of the movie an Avatar and he got to stay that way! We accept that he makes a better Na’vi! He had a great life, got to ride big bat-thingies — and BOOYAH! Bliss.
|Jake Sully the human and Jake Sully the Na’vi|
I realise they’re totally different movies for totally different audiences. (Except both included tree hugging.) But the cruxes of their stories are polar opposites. It just made me think. Maybe in kids movies, you aren’t allowed to change your story…you just have to go with the flow. But then, in Tangled, Rupunzel (gesundheit) chased her dream of seeing the lanterns gleam even if it was dangerous/scary.
I feel Avatar says: be who you want to be.
And Epic says: be who you’re “supposed” to be.