Neil Gaiman’s ‘Coraline’: Why Do Adults Find it So Creepy?

Neil Gaiman’s ‘Coraline’: Why Do Adults Find it So Creepy?

Neil Gaiman’s ‘Coraline’: Why Do Adults Find it So Creepy?

I first read Neil Gaiman’s book ‘Coraline’ a couple of years ago, when I was sixteen. I don’t remember what made me pick it up, or what was going on in my life at the time I read it, but I do remember that I found it unnervingly creepy. A couple months ago, I started reading Gaiman’s “Good Omens”, in preparation for the upcoming TV show next year.

I couldn’t remember where I had heard the author’s name before, so I looked up Gaiman’s other books and noticed ‘Coraline’ on the list. I had forgotten most of the plot and events of the book itself – I just had emotional memories: this creepy-crawly feeling down my spine whenever I thought of the story. Nevertheless, I remembered that it had been a good book, so I decided to read it again.

(Full admission now: I have not watched the movie. I will be discussing the book only – though from reviews of the movie I gather that it stayed largely the same.)

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The story is about a young girl named Coraline, living an ordinary life with parents who love her, but are often busy, making her feel as if she is being ignored. One day, she discovers a bricked-up wall behind a door that sparks her curiosity, and she returns later that night to find that the brick wall has disappeared.

On the other side of the door she discovers a nearly-identical world to her own, with another flat, an “other mother”, and an “other father” with black buttons for eyes. Cats and mice talk, the toys in her other bedroom are alive, and these alternate parents seem to give her the attention she desires.

However, Coraline soon finds out that her other mother’s goal is to make her stay on the other side of the door forever, and sew black buttons into her eyes. The other mother kidnaps Coraline’s actual parents to convince her to stay. Coraline must escape the other mother, save her parents, and rescue the souls of the other children who had been the other mother’s previous victims.

For the first third of the story or so, everything seems normal.

Nothing weird is going on, no sense of danger or alarm, until Coraline starts to interact with the other mother. Then the intensity of the story starts to build to approximately the same level of scariness as a typical Doctor Who episode. Still doing fine. Then, without warning, it plummets into the world of dark thriller, possibly horror, in the space of a few pages and it is suddenly clear how dark this book has been all along. You’re left on edge and thoroughly rattled for the rest of the story and I know when I turned the last page the first time I read it, my reaction was something like, “What the heck did I just read?”

The weirdest thing about this story, however, is how, almost universally, children and adults view the story differently. Children see the story as a fun adventure, a little suspenseful at times but everything works out in the end. Adults, however, or at least those above a certain age or maturity level, will view the book as the most unnerving children’s story they’ve ever read. I am no exception.

But what creates this difference? What is hiding in the pages of this book that adults can see but children can’t? It seems a little counterintuitive – usually children spot hidden things long before adults do.

Gaiman himself has commented on the difference in this article from CBS:

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However, “adults get scared,” he said. “Adults get disturbed, and I think one reason for that is because it’s a story about a child in danger and I think we’re hardwired to worry about children in danger.”

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That may be part of it, but I think there’s more.

‘Coraline’ incorporates many details that remind readers of other fantasy stories; for example, the doorway through which Coraline crosses over into the other flat reminded me instantly of C.S. Lewis’ “The Magicians Nephew”. Going further into that analogy, the passageway between the houses in that story ultimately led to another world via Uncle Andrew’s study. In ‘Coraline’, the door leads to a fantastical alternate reality – the same level of anticipated danger resides in each.

The addition of these same elements, I believe, are why adults see the horror much clearer. We have read more books (hopefully). We have heard more stories, we know when plot elements mean more than they say. I think one of the things that terrifies me the most in the story is the rats that sing in her dreams: “We were here before you came, we will be here when you fall.”

The element of rats elicits a response by itself – anyone who has read any amount of stories knows that rats are usually depicted as evil, while mice are innocent and harmless. But this combined with the song implies the idea that evil will overtake Coraline, an unstoppable wave that will leave her behind in its wake.

It’s like in M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘The Visit’ (which I do not recommend but have watched recently and can’t get out of my brain), when the grandmother asks her granddaughter, “Would you mind getting in the oven to clean it?” We know instinctively that this is not only suspicious but downright wrong, and there are literally a dozen versions of the Hansel and Gretel fairy tale telling us why that is a bad idea.

But children who have not known these stories as long or may not connect the references will miss all these warning signs that those of us who are older and more well-read will not. I think you’d find, if you did the research, that the age at which a child first realizes the darkness in Coraline will directly correlate with the number of books that child has read.

Is ‘Coraline’ a creepy book? Undoubtedly. Is ‘Coraline’ a good book? Again, the answer is a resounding yes. ‘Coraline’ lends itself to quite a bit of fun psychological analysis and I think it will stay in my list of favorite books for that reason.

Have you read ‘Coraline’? How old were you when you first read it and what was your reaction? Let me know in the comments! Also, to support my geeky writing habits, I have begun designing and selling t-shirts. Feel free to hop over to the shop and check them out!

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My Top 10 Fandom Christmas Posts 2018

My Top 10 Fandom Christmas Posts 2018

My Top 10 Fandom Christmas Posts 2018

Merry Christmas, everyone! For this post I decided to pick my top 10 favorite Christmas posts off Pinterest and Tumblr to share with you guys. Most are fandom-related, some aren’t. I’ll try to be fair – one post per fandom. I won’t let Doctor Who hog all the glory, even though it has so many of the best Christmas memes. Let me know in the comments what you think of my picks, and if you have any other memes you’d like to share!

Let’s get started!

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This meme is from the Christmas episode Voyage of the Damned, and my brain was doing the same thing as the Doctor’s face while hearing Mr. Copper’s wildly extravagant rendition of our Christmas escapades.

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Most of the time, I don’t get the fascination with text posts involving the young versions of characters, but this one is so stinking cute I had to make an exception. And the fact that it doesn’t involve Johnlock (which I do not ship and which there are a bajillion posts about) is a definite plus.

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Woo! Way to go, Loki! Just the idea of Loki in a Santa hat is hilarious, though. I want one of those cardboard cutouts….

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I’m a fairly new SPN fan and I haven’t made it all the way through the show yet, but I’ve seen enough that I understand this one just fine. You get that grandma-killer, Sam and Dean!

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That’s a lot of cookies, for sure. My family used to do something like this every year, though I was little so I don’t know for sure if we really had that many cookies.

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Whoa. Cool it, Peeta. What’s Katniss supposed to say to that?

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I’ve always wondered about that myself….

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Ruuuude! That’s just rude. Dumbledore, you leave my baby Severus alone! I will admit, it is kinda funny though.

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Not many Jingle Bells parodies are this well done. I have seen this one a lot and it has made me laugh every single time.

What did you think of my list? Please comment and let me know! Christmas posts are fun – I wish I could have picked more than 10 for this post. Merry Christmas and have a wonderful week!

How Halloween Turned into My First Attempt at Cosplay – Part 2

How Halloween Turned into My First Attempt at Cosplay – Part 2

How Halloween Turned Into My First Attempt at Cosplay – Part 2

Okay. Sorry it took so long to get the other half of this out. I would have done it last week, only the Avengers: Endgame trailer dropped and that took priority. If you haven’t read the first part of this post, go ahead and read that first.

But, back to my cosplay story….

After my successful Amy Pond, I was feeling pretty confident that I could pull off Loki.

I mean, it wasn’t going to be perfect, since I didn’t have a black wig or hair dye and I don’t have the skill at the moment to make movie-accurate armor. What I did have was horns and a scepter provided by my friend Emily, a green cape from Party City, a cardboard box, a paper bag, markers, glue, Scotch tape, and a whole lot of determination.

So I mentioned in my last post that I had cut out armguards off a template I found on Pinterest. I got them wet, bent them around my forearms, then let them dry in that shape by putting my water bottle and a glowstick package on their sides on my desk and placing the cardboard pieces on top.

When they were dry the next morning, I very carefully took orange and brown markers and drew a design which I copied from a couple different Pinterest designs. I drew the original design in orange, then highlighted the edges and important sections in brown. Here’s a picture of the finished design:

Next time I go for a costume like this I’m going to try to recreate this look with craft foam, spray paint, and a craft awl to create actual texture, but overall, I was pretty impressed with how it turned out. I then decided to make guards for the upper arms to match, and ended up with this:

I then cut strips off my paper bag, taped them to the sides of the guards, and strapped them to my arms.

Cool, right?

So, with the horns, scepter, cape, and arm guards, I felt like I was pretty close to done, but I wanted to add just a little bit more. So I took my paper bag, and cut a long strip that I taped across my chest from my left shoulder to my waist like a sash.

I was going to leave it at that, but I wore the costume all day on Halloween, and halfway through the afternoon I decided I needed a little bit more. So I cut up more of the paper bag to put over my shoulders to suspend the cape a little more, and also added some strips around my thighs to add to  the aesthetic. Those didn’t last very long (needed to use something a little stronger than paper and tape on fabric) but it looked great if I was standing still.

I wore my tall brown boots because I always feel impressive when I wear those (and I don’t own any black ones), and slicked my hair back behind me. The horns were a little top-heavy as you can imagine, and I had to really cover them in packing tape to get them to stay together, but it was so worth it!

I wore it all day, through all my classes, and got so many compliments on it (I want to point out that I didn’t’ carry the horns and scepter around all day, though!). Then I wore it trick-or-treating with a bunch of friends to all the theme houses next to the campus, and over to the university president’s house, where he was serving cookies and cider. I put my name on the list for his costume contest, and he took a picture of me in my costume for future reference.

Guess what? The next, day, my picture appeared on his Instagram along with the announcement that I had won the contest! The prize was a $50 gift card to the campus bookstore, which is super helpful for next semester’s books.

So, thanks to Emily and my obsession with fandoms, my first foray into cosplay was successful and I can’t wait to do it again!

If you have ideas for which characters I should cosplay next, comment below and let me know! Thanks for reading!

Avengers: End Game Trailer Review

Avengers: End Game Trailer Review

Finally, the new trailer for Avengers 4 is here! After all the hype and false alarms, we now not only have the trailer, but also the title: Avengers: Endgame. Disclaimer: I have not read the comics, but I have been closely following social media conversations involving theories and comic references for this universe. This trailer made me geek out and I needed an outlet, so this is why I’m glad I have a blog now. So I can do stuff like that.

I promise, I have not peeked at any other trailer reviews as of yet, though as soon as I post this I’m going to, so all this is 100% my inferences from this trailer based on what I know. I can’t source anyone because a lot of my knowledge is from scrolling through Tumblr and Pinterest, so credit to anyone to whom credit is due.

The trailer starts with Tony, leaving a message for Pepper via his damaged helmet. Tony looks like he’s alone on the ship, which is obviously Peter Quill’s ship, the Milano.  But Nebula was left on Titan, too. Where is she? And with that question, the scene cuts to the Marvel logo, which disintegrates as a visual reminder of the events of Infinity War.

Even though it starts with an image of Tony’s helmet, the trailer looks to be more about Steve’s story. The Russos said that characters not given much screentime in IW (like Steve) will be given more in Endgame. If IW was about Tony (engagement to Pepper, dream about a baby, responsibility and burden of guilt, Peter’s death, Thanos recognizing him, Strange sacrificing the stone for him) then Endgame will be about Steve because they are equal characters and equally reaching the end of their character arcs.

There’s a quick shot of Thanos’ armor set up on a pole,almost like a scarecrow…not sure where or why. Is it a warning, a trophy, a memento?

Then we see someone walking through a field of prickly plants. It’s impossible to tell who this person is, or even if they’re male or female, but they’re limping. The left leg is noticeably stiffer than the right. The sun is shining on the camera so it’s hard to see…but my first impression was that it almost looks like Gamora. I have no proof of this. It could just as easily be Nebula, Natasha, or Bucky, as all of them wear gloves like that on occasion. But I’m leaning towards female, and it just feels like Gamora. No explanation, just a gut instinct. But if I’m right, how is this possible? Is it inside the Soul Stone? Does she get resurrected somehow? The plants could also signify that the world is flourishing with half its population pruned, just like Thanos predicted, which is supported by Natasha’s voiceover about Thanos wiping out 50% of the world’s population. Just like a forest is always more healthy after a wildfire. The prickles, however, might also signify that it’s not flourishing in a good way.

Quick shots of a once-again clean-shaven, weeping Steve, then Nat, who is still blond but her hair is longer, long enough to pull back as we see later in the trailer. Steve crying is an instant tearjerker and hits us right in the feels, especially when we remember that the last time we saw him crying was at Peggy’s funeral. (Remember that detail, I’ll come back to that). Then we get Bruce looking at photos of Peter, Scott, and Shuri. The remaining Avengers don’t know the status of any of these three individuals, though we know that Peter disintegrated in the Snap and Scott is stuck in the Quantum Realm. Scott’s name clearly has the word MISSING next to it, and it looks like Peter’s does too. And it looks like neither we nor the characters know where Shuri is at the moment.

We see a wide shot of that large room in the Avengers training facility, then Thor in a hoodie, sitting in front of a white, interestingly paneled wall. Kinda gives off a prison cell vibe, what with the black bar passing in front of the camera’s foreground, but don’t quote me on that. He could just as easily be taking some alone time somewhere in Wakanda or the training facility.

Next, a shot of Nebula obviously on the Milano. So Tony isn’t alone, though he sure seemed like it at the beginning. Maybe she hates him and won’t talk to him. She probably hates him, given that 1) she hates everyone and 2) Thanos succeeded with the snap, Gamora is gone, and yet she and Tony survived– for her character, this could easily equal survivor’s guilt taken out on him.

Then blue fingers – assuming this is still Nebula, since she’s the only blue character confirmed to be in this movie – brushing some fabric that looks like the sleeve of someone sitting in a chair, with a strap that looks like a seatbelt. Whose sleeve? Tony’s? But Steve’s voiceover (“We lost friends,”) seems to say maybe it’s someone different, maybe at a later time in the movie.

Then – Hawkeye! But, actually, I don’t think it’s him. Not really. This seems to confirm the longstanding fan theory about Ronin. Like I said, I am unfortunately not a comic reader, but Ronin is said to be Hawkeye’s darkest alter ego from the comics. While the Russos and the MCU in general cannot be said to have ever imitated the comics exactly, I have been hearing for over a year now in all the hype for IW and now End Game (so many sources I can’t even cite something) that Hawkeye will don the Ronin alter ego, who is a kind of lone samurai act, because he lost his entire family in the Snap. Which is super sad, because Clint is my favorite character, and I love his family, but it makes sense as a character motivation and would be a great next step in his character arc, which has kind of been dragging compared to other Marvel characters. This is further strengthened by Steve’s voiceover again saying, “We lost family,” just as Clint appears on the screen.

There are so many interesting things about this scene alone that I want to highlight: what’s that cool sword/butcher knife thing he’s holding? And the even cooler armguard? I wanna know more about his costume and why he chose it. Who’s that on the ground at his feet? And why does it look like they’re outside the Sanctum in Hong Kong from Doctor Strange? Doesn’t it look like the same street that the final battle happens in? If so, why are they there? And we just saw Nat at the Avengers training facility in New Jersey so how and why does she end up there?

And look – Steve is holding his compass with Peggy’s picture in it. Now that’s interesting – now Peggy has been connected with this movie twice in this trailer, even though she died in Captain America: Civil War. I haven’t seen that compass for a while. It’s nice to know he still carries it. Why does he have it out now and why was it placed in this trailer? The music and the closing of the compass lid happen in such synchronicity I wonder if there’s some symbolic meaning to it. A firmness of purpose? Is he giving up? Is it foreshadowing his death? Or is there something else going on here?

Aaaaand, the Avengers logo and title reveal! Notice, however,that the A in the background is assembling (pun intended) out of the ashes.This looks like a symbolic reference to the reversal of Thanos’ destruction,hopefully. Kind of the opposite of the “ashes to ashes and dust to dust” line from the Bible used in funerals a lot. If Thanos caused so many characters to become ashes, then surely in a comic book universe that can be reversed. And this would be the time to talk about the time travel theory, but that’s way too much for an already long post, so I’ll save it for a future one. Suffice it to say that the prevailing theory for End Game is that they find a way to travel back in time to prevent Thanos from obtaining the Infinity Stones in the first place, likely by attempting to change Loki’s timeline during or after the Battle of New York.

Also, we have to talk about the symbolism of the title “Endgame”. This phrase is used twice in the movies, once by Tony in Avengers: Age of Ultron – “We can bust arms dealers all the livelong day but that up there, that’s the end game,” and by Steven himself in IW, right after viewing all 5 million possible futures: “We’re in the end game now,”. It was my top pick out of all the circulating title possibilities and I have to say I’m gratified that I was right.

Then, at the very end, we get one more treat – because every Marvel trailer has to have a post-credits scene, just like the movies. This time it’s Ant-Man! Wait, how did he get out of the Quantum Realm? Let me guess…..bum ba dah dum! Captain Marvel! She wasn’t shown in this trailer, did you notice? They probably want to show us her skills in her own movie first. My guess is she won’t be in any of the trailers, and she will be their biggest surprise. Especially since they said that she will be the most powerful character introduced in the MCU so far. Given what Wanda did in IW, that’s saying something.

That’s a lot! Do you think I got everything? Please comment below if you noticed something I didn’t or have some insider information I’ve missed, from the comics or otherwise. I hope you enjoyed this post and keep a lookout for more soon! I’ll be sending out the other half of my cosplay story next week, unless something else comes up.

7 Reasons Why Disney’s “The Lone Ranger” Is Actually Genius

7 Reasons Why Disney’s “The Lone Ranger” Is Actually Genius

7 Reasons Disney’s “The Lone Ranger” Is Actually Genius

Disney’s “The Lone Ranger”, released in 2013, did poorly at the box office and with critics, and currently has a rating of 31% on Rotten Tomatoes. The overall consensus on this movie was that it was poorly written, overdone, and slapstick.

Critics on the site said the film was too long, that Johnny Depp should not have been cast in a Native American role, and that Armie Hammer’s John Reid was a weak and useless protagonist, especially when paired with the forceful personality of Depp’s Tonto.

I recently watched the movie again (twice in a row) with my family and wanted to submit my personal opinion, which is the exact opposite. I think this movie is absolutely genius, and has become one of my favorite movies of all time. If you haven’t seen the movie, be warned, there are spoilers, but you’ve had plenty of time to watch it since it came out.

I looked for articles online and it seems like so many people hated this film that there are few defenders of it, though this review gave it a fair pass. I cannot say I have answers to all the critics’ critiques (pun intended), but a lot of their issues seem to be more with the movie politics than the story and its effect on its audience, so instead I will just focus on my list of what I loved from a fan’s point of view.

So, without further ado, here are 7 reasons why I think “The Lone Ranger” is a fantastic, brilliantly plotted movie that deserves a better rating than it got:

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1. The Horse

Let’s start with the smaller points and work up to the bigger ones. The inclusion of this horse is probably one of the biggest reasons critics call it overcomedic. The animal is seen multiple times throughout the film doing things that no self-respecting horse would ever do and appearing places no horse should be able to reach – standing on the roof of a burning barn, drinking beer out of an open bottle, standing on a tree branch wearing a hat, etc. Additionally, Depp’s Tonto (though admittedly we must take this with a grain of salt) claims that the horse told him that Reid is a “spirit walker” and therefore cannot be killed, giving the doubtful ranger the confidence to take the shot with his silver bullet at the climax of the movie. However, the horse was genuinely helpful, always seeming to magically appear whenever (and wherever) it was needed.

While some might say that the horse was unnecessary, I say that as a western comedy (which this movie absolutely was), it is essential to the comedic property. Come on, tell me when you watched this you didn’t at least laugh once at the beast’s increasingly improbable activities! We can all confidently say with Tonto, “Something definitely wrong with that horse!”.

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2. “Wrong Brother”:

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This one is pretty funny. From the very first scene they have together, Tonto doesn’t like John. Instead, he sets his sights on John’s brother, Dan, whom he sees as a “great warrior”. When both Dan and John get shot in the canyon with the rest of their party, Tonto comes to bury them. While he’s there, the horse shows up and starts stamping the ground near John’s grave, indicating to Tonto that John is the spirit walker.

Tonto, obviously not liking this very much, starts trying to lead the horse over to Dan’s grave. He tells the horse that Dan is the “strong brother”, and that John is an idiot. But the horse is insistent, and Tonto is stuck with John for the rest of the film.

The thing that makes this really funny, however, is that it gets brought up again and again. Tonto starts calling John, “kemosabe”, which drives John crazy until he finally asks what it means. Tonto looks straight ahead and says, “Wrong brother.” After that, it becomes kind of an in-joke for the remainder of the movie, but it’s that moment that my family and I still quote all the time.

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3. The Bird:

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This reason is a little more somber in nature. The dead bird (no, not dead; “awaiting spirit to return – not same thing”) Tonto wears on his head signifies a much deeper tragedy that turned Tonto into the character he is in this movie. It’s what “killed” Tonto the Comanche and gave birth to the wandering, crazed Wendigo hunter in search of revenge for what happened to his village. He blames himself for being so easily betrayed for the sake of a trinket, which is why he still carries the bird.

I believe the bird represents the Comanche in general. Several times throughout the movie you can catch a glimpse of a live bird, especially around Tonto, seeming to imply that it is the same bird even though the audience knows it’s a stiff mannequin atop Tonto’s head – a kind of symbolic reference, which parallells the Comanche chief telling John Reid, “We are already dead”.  At that time in American history, Indians of all tribes were being killed or driven out of their lands, forced to give up their identity and their way of life. Tonto’s constant expectation that the bird’s spirit would return seems to communicate that he still hopes his people could be great again.

At the same time, just as I believe the bird represents the Comanche, the pocket watch represents the opposite, namely the greed of the white men in this story. The fact that Latham Cole and Butch Cavendish were willing to slaughter an entire village of innocent people for a river full of silver all to themselves gives a grave warning to all viewers about the devastation of the sin of greed.

This potent symbolism in the movie’s storytelling is, in my opinion, a huge point in its favor. I personally love to analyze stories and it’s gratifying when there’s more beneath the surface than appears at first glance. Though the movie is a comedy, this genuinely serious undercurrent is what gives the movie weight.

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4. Johnny Depp:

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Back to the non-serious, it’s Johnny Depp! One of the weirdest actors in Hollywood but genuinely fun to watch. I have no problem that he played Tonto because this particular Tonto is a parody of a Native American character, not a true one. He’s designed not to represent the Comache in general, but to represent “the one who lost his way”. His character is so wacky, it does nothing to appropriate Comanche culture in any way as far as I can see, because the character isn’t written to represent Comanche culture. The audience knows this going in because of the particular style of the movie, so it’s very unlikely that Depp’s Tonto would be turned into a stereotype. Plus, the movie isn’t big on historical accuracy anyway because that’s not the focus.

So, I think Johnny Depp was a great pick for this role because of the hilarious way he portrays the insane Indian, from the whole “spirit walker” thing to catching the grape in his mouth to the ladder incident on the train (Pirates of the Caribbean anyone?). And those facial expressions? I could watch this guy all day.

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5. The Little-Girl Scream:

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I had to put this in here. I just had to. We laugh so hard at this scene every time we watch the movie. I wish GIFs had sound so you could hear just how high-pitched the sound he makes is! Because it’s just a momentary funny and not a whole scene, I almost ruled out putting it as a reason. But every time I watch this movie, I look forward to this moment.

Coupled with where they are in the scene (“You’re lost, aren’t you? Train tracks? I thought you were in Indian Territory.”) and the switching between Ancient Tonto in the museum and the rest of the story, that part of the movie is also critical to the main plot. And they managed to slip that girly scream in there in such a way that it’s very funny without disturbing the momentum of the story. I appreciate that.

I also appreciate the fact that Armie Hammer was willing to make that sound in front of his entire film crew – probably multiple times as they were filming that scene. Here’s a link so you can hear that awesome girly scream for yourself:

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6. Storyline Continuity/Foreshadowing:

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This is one of my most favorites – where it starts getting really deep. You know how I talked about the symbolism of the bird and the pocket watch earlier in this post? Well, turns out that the creators of this story got even deeper than symbolism. In fact, from the opening scenes of this movie, you already have everything you need to know in order to understand the story.

When I watched this movie last, I paid specific attention to these symbols. Now, I’m getting a little geeky here because this is something I get really excited about, but bear with me.

Here’s a list of some of the most important visual symbols and characters seen in this movie – the train and train tracks, the pocket watch, the bird, the silver, the Comanche, Latham Cole, Butch Cavendish, Red Harrington (the woman with the wooden gun-leg), Rebecca and Danny Reid, and Captain Jay Fuller. In the first ten minutes of the movie after Ancient Tonto starts his story, every one of these people and visual cues appear, one after another. Watch this Youtube clip for some illustration (the person who posted it doesn’t allow embedding) – it skips bits but you should be able to catch most of the cues.

Everything you need – in one scene – right from the very beginning. The directors are literally giving you the plot but it’s so subtle and well-done that you only notice on the rewatch. This is professional, literary, genius-level writing right here, and is something that every good story has in common – it’s so deep and symbolic that you get more out of it each time you approach it again.

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7. Train Chase, Finale, and Score

This is my absolute favorite part of the entire movie. Not only is the camerawork and acting and execution of this whole scene so fun to watch, it wraps up the story perfectly, and the music, oh, my gosh, the music. I’ve noticed every single time I’ve watched this movie that the music is perfect. Everything lines up so exactly it almost seems like the picture was cut to the music and not the other way round. I found a video on YouTube that explains my excitement over this scene way better than I can, so I thought I’d put it in here for you to watch.

This video points out everything I wanted to point out about this scene, and also includes a little more about the camerawork that I didn’t know before I watched it. Also, it told me something score-related that I hadn’t known – namely, that Geoff Zanelli (who worked on POTC and scored the last one) was in charge of arranging the William Tell Overture for this scene using Hans Zimmer’s themes. I had always assumed it was Zimmer but Zanelli did such a fantastic job I can’t help but admire his skill at this. My ultimate life goal right here, ladies and gentlemen!

Well, there you go – that’s my seven reasons you should watch The Lone Ranger. Please watch the video above – it may be a little long but it’s worth it, I promise. And don’t forget to comment below with any questions or comments you may have!