i love buffy the vampire slayer SO MUCH i like how STUPID it is and how CHEESY and how the makeup is dreadful and the special effects are horrible and how dumb so much of the dialogue is and how sappy the score is
and i love how the characters are scared and make the wrong decisions and don’t know what to do and sometimes forget what they’re fighting for and question why it matters and keep fighting anyway i love how lost they are sometimes and how broken they are and how they hurt each other and forgive each other but don’t forget and live nobly and sometimes terribly
i love how powerful buffy is, how incredibly strong she is and how she has to face this terrible danger that she doesn’t understand and she has to face it over and over again, not just one lord voldemort but a thousand little struggles, a thousand breaking points- not a single war but a life, a whole world, and if it’s a war it’s a war with a thousand sides. i love how buffy is strong because she’s a good leader, because she has shiny hair, because she loves her world and her friends, because she cares so badly that she can’t let go, and not just because of her ~powers
i love how spike and angel fight against their natures, how they want to help but they were made to hurt, how that thing that makes them so dangerous and so flawed and ~evil is also what gives them the power and the experience that is so incredibly valuable to The Fight Against Evil, and how simultaneously the thing that makes willow so powerful and important in that is also her weakness and her struggle
i love that buffy is a teenage girl, small and fragile-looking and working at a fast food restaurant, balancing school and social life and romance and self-image and family, trying to support herself and those she loves, trying to make the right choices, trying to have a good time at prom. i love that buffy is a hero who really lives in her world instead of just saving it, and how her high school/college/everything else life isn’t just a background to her slayer life but a real integrated part of it. she has a geometry test tomorrow and the apocalypse is next week and both of those are important to her because you can’t always live in final battles, and her day to day struggles are not minimized but rather heightened by her more supernatural struggles
but most of all i love that buffy is a hero whose true heroism lies in her connections with others, and how her femininity is her strength, and how she fights with more than punches. i love that her great hero moment is not in saving the world singlehandedly, but in helping others to find the strength to save it themselves, to fight for what they love, to fight with the power she knows they have, not just to defeat the vampires and the demons but the things in their own lives. she is a hero who knows that the hardest thing in this world is not to face the end of it but to live it everyday and are you ready to be strong are you ready to live in this terrible wonderful world with me
I don’t know what this is, but it is, without a doubt, the most attractive presentation of people to a stage I have ever seen.
#this movie did so right by her
Anyone who dismisses her as eye candy didn’t watch the same movie I did, and ought to go sit in a corner and think about their misogyny.
I mean, god, it’s the little things. That “who do you want me to be?” she asks Steve while they’re in the car is just so raw. This is a woman whose entire life has been defined by ‘who do you want me to be?’ and so she falls back on it because she has nothing else left. And Steve doesn’t buy into the trap and just says “how about a friend?”
And god, her face when she thought Nick Fury was dying. The sheer level of silent devastation she’s trying not to show and failing.
I just cannot get seeing this moving and not seeing Natasha. Because if you just dismiss her as eye candy, that’s what you’re doing (I’m looking at you, several male reviewers).
Today’s list of standout Natasha moments (it varies):
- Reaction to Nick’s death.
- Reaction to NIck’s not being dead (she looks so wounded under the physical pain and confusion).
- Suiting up and infiltrating the WSC meeting with Pierce with a gunshot wound to her shoulder.
- Speaking of that, saving their asses shortly after getting said GSW, using a heavy piece of equipment even while she could barely stand.
- Using the widow’s bite on herself.
- That moment where she pauses to gird her emotional loins before she respond’s to Pierce’s jab about the world seeing her as she is (which it wouldn’t, because of course who she is and how she is is not what she’s done).
- The steely-eyed, contained anger bubble gum snap. (Most bad-ass use of bubble gum ever.)
#scarlett johansson is a remarkably pretty woman#and it continues to piss me off that basically as soon as she turned 18#that was all reviewers could see about her#even though by that age she’d already proven herself to be a damn good actress as well#and it’s not like her talent had an expiration date#the moment she was a legal adult