One of the best lessons from #BlackPanther is M'Baku. The comic character "Man-Ape" had a problematic design. Black storytellers dealt with it & reimagined him into a fan-favorite character instead of casting a white actor as the solution, a la Mandarin & the Ancient One. pic.twitter.com/Bqw4Wg2kLl
— Alan Sizzler Kistler (@SizzlerKistler) March 2, 2018
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Reimagining the Problematic Character
Ghost in the Shell
The trailer is really pretty.
I’m still pretty sure I’m not going to see the movie because of the whitewashing. If not for that, this movie has a lot of stuff that I’d be all over: amazing aesthetic, an interesting vision of future technology, a great female lead. I think it would have been exactly the kind of movie that’d work for me. But the studio ruined it with whitewashing. And I’m a bit sad about that.
Others have pointed out that the trailer is hella appropriative: “The ratio of cool-Japanese-stuff to Japanese people in the trailer is like 2000:1. There is nothing easier for Hollywood to do than disinclude the Asian faces, nothing.”.
The trailer for Valerian looks visually impressive, but I fully expect it to be narratively simplistic (which is sort of what I think of The Fifth Element: I really wanted the film to be deeper than it was).