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I kind of want to do a Dork Court article reviewing the REVIEWS of Zack Snyder’s REBEL MOON because I always thought MAGA guys saying the world has Trump Derangement Syndrome was ridiculous when normal people point out maybe, you know, NATO is a good idea and immigrants and the American Dream is the fucking point of all this USA stuff but whatever. My area of interest is I thought this was a hillbilly’s view of the world, but it looks like the pop culture elite have Snyder Derangement Syndrome.

There’s no way this is so bad that it’s inspiring these heights of critical lambasting. I mean, can it? I’m sorry I think Ben Affleck is the best Wayne/Bats since Adam West but maybe the issue isn’t his films but your reaction to the reactions? That sounds… deranged, to me. It’s almost as if these folks are using Snyder as a rallying cry for everything bad in the world. Um, he’s trying to entertain you, folks. Keep it all to, you know, if you were entertained or not.

I have tried to have these conversations with folks I assume know better but their side always comes out as this inarticulate ranting about something else that just makes me think this guy’s output is hitting something fragile in a particular kind of person. I don’t want to lose any friends over it, but you can get what he was trying to do with the heroes and also, at the same time, not like his zombie movies. Or you can get the love letter to Comic Con he did in SUCKER PUNCH without endorsing all the male gaze stuff. Except Jon Hamm’s scene. That was the point of that one. SUCKER PUNCH comes out now, and A LOT more people would get it. So, Snyder’s a demon because he’s ahead of the audience? Me, that’s somebody I WANT working in entertainment.

Anyway, it’s Christmas, Theo. The time of miracles. My hope for everyone this holiday season is that they just unclench.

Maybe there’s not a whole article there, but this one from Den of Geek was hilarious: “When we see him later in the film, why has he donned the antlers of an elk, transforming his silhouette into that of a Viking god?” Because there was a STAR WARS comic cover once everybody loves with Threepio and war trophies and a big ass gun and all anybody wants is a robot with a gun, man. Maybe some antlers, OK, but juxtaposition always works. Hmmm.

Larry Young
Larry Young
Larry Young is a writer: non-fiction, graphic novels, and pop culture criticism. His work has appeared in ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY, VARIETY, and THE YEAR’S BEST SCIENCE FICTION. A frequent guest on the video podcasts MILLION DOLLAR MAILBOX and WORD BALLOONS, he’s also co-host of SERIOUS STAR TREK and the sister YouTube channel of this website.


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