Here's the thing. Enchanted. A lot of people love that movie, me included. But I was watching it tonight, and I realized I really only liked the first half. After that scene where Giselle gets angry for the first time, it just really... I don't know.

Am I weird for not liking the fact that Giselle changed so much? I mean, there are feminist groups all the time at Grinnell hosting Disney protests (which, as a Disney fanatic, bothers me to an extreme amount that I can't describe) where they discuss and analyze the movies to find examples of domestic abuse and sexism. Still, I refuse to think that there is something wrong with me for thinking that the Disney male-female roles are fine. Sure, there are some movies that drive me crazy (Sleeping Beauty... I'm looking at you. And Ariel is kind of a brat, yes, but she's also a teenager). But for the most part, I think they're fine.

What really bothers me about Enchanted is that Giselle had some of her optimism and naivete persuaded out of her. It's like, those are things to be *fixed*, because they're not realistic. Sure, she inspired some levity in Patrick Dempsey, but... I think I would have just liked the movie better if she had helped him work out his relationship with Nancy, and he helped her add depth to her relationship with Edward, and she went back to Andalasia and visited Patrick Dempsey/Nancy on occasion... instead of the Great True Love Swap that they had going on between the four of them. o_0

It's just, something about the second half of that movie... bothers me. And it bothers me a little that it bothers me. I mean, I consider myself to be a strong, independent woman who is happy being herself. I don't need men to validate me or give me meaning, I just want a companion, a best friend to spend the rest of my life with. In love. But if I wanted to be the kind of woman who stayed at home, raised a family, and depended completely on my man, I'd like to think that I'd have the freedom to do that without needing to be *fixed* by society, claiming I'm not living up to my potential as a woman or whatever.

I think being free as a woman, equality between the sexes, simply means that you can choose whichever way you want to live your life. If you want to be a Cougar and a high-powered CEO, than you can do that. On the flip side, if you want to marry at 18, become a homemaker and raise a family, then you can do that, too.

That said, and to end this on a positive note, I could watch the first half of Enchanted a zillion times and still love it. XD The second half is okay, but it just irks me for some reason I can't put my finger on.
Amidst all the anger and outrage I'm seeing over the recent Avatar casting, I'm just going to come out on a limb here, throw myself to the wolves, and admit that my initial reaction was:

"Oh. Hm. Okay."

Sure, I can understand how some people are angry and disappointed, like [livejournal.com profile] a_white_rain:"if you are thinking of offering up rationalizations for this creative decision - some thought or argument that makes it okay - don't. Don't do it. Keep it to yourself; post it to your own journal; keep it away from me. There is no acceptable defense." But in my opinion this very denial displays a noticeable lack of realistic thinking.

Because, honestly? What did you expect? Really? -_-;; This movie is not being made for the 18-30 demographic, the one who sees this show and recognizes its depth and significance, its brilliantly written characters and it's true message about the hope of humanity. This movie is, and has always been, planned for the 8-14 Nickelodeon Age Group, the one that watches Hannah Montana and buys Zac Efron pillows. The production company does not want to make a Great Movie, they just want to make a Good Movie, one that they know will sell to a specific group and make a specific amount of profit. Entertainment is a business, not a service.

They're not going to take a chance on new, unknown Asian child actors. They're not going to take a chance on the gritty, heartwrenching storylines. They're going to have kids running around, throwing water and rocks at each other and eventually save the world, defeating evil grownups. Because that's what they recognize, that's what they see in this cartoon, and that's what they know will sell. It's a business. They don't care about the integrity of the show.

So if you were expecting, or even hoping, for some suitable representation of this wonderful, amazing show, then I'm afraid I'm going to have to call you naive. Because where we see a work of storytelling and emotional genius, all they will ever see is a kid's cartoon, and to expect anything more out of them is just ridiculous.

And the petition? A good gesture, but futile. You can rant and rave about it being offensive all you want, and it won't do any good because the execs know what I know: whether they cast Bi Rain or Jesse McCartney, every name on that list is a person who is a fan of the show, and at LEAST 50% of them, probably even more, won't be able to resist going to see it even if they *absolutely know* they will hate it.

Sorry to say it, but its true. They're not making an Avatar movie, and they never have been. They're making a Tween Movie, so just come to grips with it and roll with the punches.
I'm feeling a little defensive. So I'm going to rant. Because I want to. And I really hope people don't take offense to this, but I've just got to make it clear:

By clicking on this cut, you are agreeing that you won't take any of the rant underneath it personally. I really don't want to offend anyone. I just want to defend myself and my interests, because someone's got to. )

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