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Subtly Subjective

Banes at Sept. 14, 2023, midnight

On a recent Quackcast episode here on the duck, Ozoneocean made an interesting point about some older raunchy comedies.

The point was that in some of these movies, the female characters were presented a certain way, maybe not as three-dimensional as the male characters, or maybe came across more sexual than most people usually are, but that this actually made sense, because the story was being told from the teenaged male point of view. That's how these hormone-addled teen boys were seeing the world in the context of that story.

It reminded me of a pet theory of mine that the Deadpool movies, which I really enjoyed (fingers crossed on the third one rounding out the trilogy well!), were kind of a subjective reality as well. It's not spelled out that way in the movies - but it was one way I was able to justify certain things about the movie.

Of course, I'm not talking about an actual 'dream sequence' or 'imagination sequence, or an 'unreliable narrator' situation, where the subjective take is obvious.

For example, the character 'Colossus' (the big metal guy) was an important character in the X-Men comics for many years. He'd been seen in the X-Men movies too, but more of a background/supporting character. Actually, the actor from the X-Men films was offered the chance to voice the character in Deadpool (his voice would be mixed in with other voices). The actor turned it down, apparently because he didn't agree with the changing of the Colossus character, who is completely different in the Deadpool movies.

For me, because of the nature of Deadpool, the change in character worked for me without feeling inconsistent, because I took the crazy vibe of Deadpool to be the result of a subjective reality. At least partly subjective.

So, the Colossus we see in Deadpool is a big, goofy dude because Deadpool sees him that way.

Granted, superhero movies since then have gone all in on the multiple realities thing so it matters even less than it did then (and I didn't see anyone other than me online even thinking about this at the time, so maybe it didn't matter then either).

But the fact remains that a movie, or a show, or comic, just like prose, can be a subjective reality. I think it's less obvious in the film medium, and easier to imagine a book or story as being subjective. But many movies and shows can be appreciated as the point of view of the main character, and not an objective reality.

There's a school of thought that our real lives are the same - that the way we see life will be the way life is. So if we think the world is against us and we always lose, that will be our reality. And that we can change that by changing our mindset. I've seen some signs in my own life that this might be true.

From a Certain Point of View.

Have a good one!


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