|citizen:||it's a bird!|
|citizen:||it's a plane!|
|*superman flies down with kryptonite between his teeth*|
|superman:||it's a metaphor|
Audrey says “fuck your gender roles”
This movie is super underrated.
Audrey is so underrated. How can you not love her?
I have a love-hate relationship with this movie.
On one hand it’s got awesome PoC characters who defy racial and gender stereotypes. It also discusses colonialism and how people tend to destroy indigenous cultures to obtain land and resources (which is why the crew ultimately decided a to pretend they never found Atlantis because they don’t want anyone else to try and destroy the culture).
But on the other hand, the whole plot is that Atlantis needs a white, cishet man to save it from extinction and for some reason he understand their culture and language better than they do.
hEY FUCK YOU OKAY
MILO WAS THE ANTITHESIS OF WHITE SAVIOR
HE WAS A NERDY USELESS LITTLE SHIT WHO WAS COWARDLY UNTIL OTHERS FORCED HIM TO ACT
HIS ONLY STRENGTHS WERE HIS MIND AND HIS ETHICS
HE WAS THE PERFECT DUDE FOR THE JOB AND THE REASON HE KNEW BETTER WAS BECAUSE HE RIGOROUSLY STUDIED TEXTS THAT HAD BEEN LOST OR DESTROYED IN ATLANTIS BECAUSE KIDA’S FATHER INTENTIONALLY LET HIS KINGDOM LAPSE INTO DECAY AND OBSCURITY
DO NOT PULL THAT WHITE SAVIOUR BULLSHIT BECAUSE MILO WAS A DAMN GOOD DUDE
wow, what a convincing argument. and presented with such class, too.
How the hell did everyone in Atlantis forget their own language? I mean, it’s not like the writings were much more ancient than Kida was. Does sinking beneath the sea destroy your ability to read or something?
Yeah, I mean, I like Milo as a character. I think even people with criticisms of his role in the movie can acknowledge he’s a pretty cool guy. I mean with Kida and stuff, she was a total badass and he really respected her in a lot of ways. Her strength, her will, her intelligence. He treated her thirst for knowledge as like “oh wow this chick is so smart and wants to learn more stuff man she is so cool I’ll share all the stuff I know with her she so smart.” And this was set in, what, 1914? And he had NO problems with working with people of color or women, treated them with respect, wasn’t surprised they were competent. For a cishet white dude in 1914, he is a REALLY cool guy in not only treating them with the respect they are owed, but doing it in a time when it’s not the societal norm and doing MORE than just giving them the respect they’re owed. He actively uses the fruit of his privilege - his education - to protect a culture from exploitation. And not even just in doing any kind of social justice work - he risks his LIFE to do it.
I mean, look at that gifset, in terms of respecting others, the thing that stuck out to him with Audrey was just her age. So Milo, as a character, is a pretty cool guy. He’s a good person. If you’re gonna have a privileged white cishet guy in a movie, having one respectful of women, POCs, and other cultures is a cool thing to have.
BUT. BUT. That doesn’t mean his role in the story was well written. It made no sense, it was white savior-ey, where they needed his knowledge to help save them when they should have been able to save themselves.
I think they took the right tack with having Kida be the powerhouse and ultimately be the one to save Atlantis and I still think it would’ve been cool to have him help. Since they ALL helped, and that included POCs helping, it would’ve been fine to have him have an important role in saving Atlantis, too. The problem was they could have had it so his role in the story was being an educated white dude that helps this indigenous culture protect itself (while treating them as powerful enough to and competent at it) WITHOUT having them be like omg the savior by knowing the things they should have known on their own. There are plenty of other ways they could’ve had him help and even him just finding Atlantis and imploring the others in helping protect it was an important role. All they had to do to make it NOT suck was have him learn all the stuff about Atlantis from Kida rather than the other way around and have his importance lie in his compassion and using the fruit of his privilege - education - to urge other people to view the Atlantean culture as complex and deserving of protection.
They could have had Milo just be a point of view character that was part of a badass POC-filled ensemble cast helping keep their modern society from fucking over another society that’d had no contact with them in ages. He could have just been one of many helping give them time to adjust to dealing with the modern invaders when they were unfamiliar. Instead the writing treated the Atlanteans like ignorant children that forgot their own language.
People criticizing his role in the story aren’t saying he’s not a cool dude. As a character, he actually is. Dude used his education and privilege the right way in trying to protect people and was willing to risk his life to do it. He went against social norms in how he treated women and POCs when a lot of people didn’t.
That doesn’t mean the writing of his role in the story wasn’t bad. His characterization was good, the role he was written into was bad, and the writers could’ve written it better. It deserves criticism, especially when there were other ways they could’ve written it. Especially when he WAS a pretty cool character. They gave him this good characterization and and in his personal manner, made him a decent guy in how he used the benefits he got from his privilege to help others, then really mucked up his role in the story in an annoying way.
The thing with Atlantis and how Milo was written in it was that even the character deserved better treatment. They shouldn’t have shoved him into such a trite, overused, irritating cliche of a role. The story would have served him better by having him be UNNECESSARY to Atlantis.They could have had it so they didn’t need him for anything. He didn’t have any huge role.
He could have just been the hero for making a choice to help them in what little ways he could and in urging the others in the expedition to have compassion. So that they could all work to help the Atlanteans adjust to the new threat to defend themselves. Rather than being the only thing that let them remember how to work the tech to be able to defend themselves.
That is the best Atlantis meta I have ever read.
I have no words that could possibly make this any better.I’m freaking the fuck out this is stellar.notsomolly
I wish I could come up with this stuff! Brilliant!
All of time and space; everywhere and anywhere; every star that ever was. Where do you want to start?
I know my kingdom awaits, they’ve forgiven my mistakes. I’m coming home, I’m coming home.
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