First and foremost, Cillian Murphy is the sexiest avatar alive. (But really, he kind of does look like an avatar.) And he’s such a good actor, which is what really makes my only big gripe even more apparent to me…
The actor who plays Grace is so ….meh for me. I understand they’re going for the waifish, proper-looking woman who can put on a good game face, but Annabelle Wallis reminds me of a twig, just kind of quivering in the wind. She doesn’t seem to act with her body much at all, and she takes up so little physical space. Her voice is how she stands out, sure, but that doesn’t mean that when she’s not singing (or harboring dark, I’m-kind-of-a-killer brooding thoughts), she has to fold herself up like a fan. So I find the portrayal kinda weak, and then next to Cillian Murphy, it nearly falls flat. He’s got such a good presence, seems to engage with the lines. I just don’t get that from her.
Of course, I have fallen madly in love with Thomas Shelby character. A tormented and damaged lawless man in period attire walking down the street with a gun on his hip and a watch in his pocket is my kind of steamy television. I seriously might dream of him tonight.
But besides my personal feelings towards these characters, the whole show is really fantastic. Grace is the only one of the whole lot that doesn’t just nail it — Polly, Campbell — even the actor playing Kimber gets it spot-on. The background and setting are particularly fascinating, and I get the feeling the portrayal of that time in place and history isn’t so terrible. And the music! It’s exactly the kind of music I listened to in middle school, like The Raconteurs and White Stripes (and PJ Harvey and Sonic Youth, ooooh), and I find the music to be quite enhancing.
Second series is on Netflix in November!
I want to be clear about this: I am white. I write this as my perspective, and that’s all this is. These are my thoughts after reading other perspectives, which are also inherently flawed; ergo, I do not state any of this as fact or of importance.
From what I gather, Raven-Symoné is not popular right now for some very big reasons. (Is it wrong to be glib here?)
In my honest yet flawed opinion, I am sad that she has used her time in an interview with Oprah, with a national all-ears audience, to declare, “I’m an American. I’m not an African-American; I’m an American.” She effectively renounced her race, heritage, and an integral part of her identity, and she passed it off as merely renouncing a label. And she effectively she split herself from African-Americans and deemed herself a “colorless” American.
And she broadcasted this declaration to attentive viewers at a time like this; as the gross assault and the equally gross inaction of Ferguson PD looms in the minds and hearts of the devoted activists as they battle for justice.
Now, I’m not trying to silence or invalidate Raven-Symoné’s self-expression; I am critiquing as to engage in a discussion. I am also open to critiques, other further thoughts, or straight up “this is why you’re wrong, you fucking moron” about my opinion; and I will really and truly consider any thoughts on the matter.
EDIT: Also, in another moment of the interview, she says “I don’t want to be labeled gay.” A lot of people in the tag said this as well, but it seems she’s really not comfortable with that label, even as she’s coming out to the public through tweets and pictures and interviews.
And it resonated with me. I’ve had a hard time with labeling myself — I had some very sticky situations and intense, complicated feelings from 13-17 because I was sexually attracted to girls, but I didn’t feel like I could own the label “bisexual.” People around me didn’t take the label seriously; in a way I didn’t take it very seriously. I didn’t even know anyone who was bisexual until I was 17. And then David came along, and I was attracted to him of course, but he was the first guy with whom I believed I could have a real relationship. Now, our relationship isn’t very traditional, which has actually helped me embrace my bisexuality; but I’ve found it very hard to express it as I’ve committed myself (for life!!!!!) to a heterosexual man. I have no regrets, though. David’s the best when it comes to respecting my sexuality.
What I mean is this: at 22, I’m still finding my own path as a bisexual, and I can understand that Raven might be finding hers as a woman who is attracted to other women (as she wishes to be referred) as well. She said a lot of pretty appalling things in the interview, but this little bit drew sympathy from me. It can be a struggle for anyone.
“ …the point of releasing these [nudes]—or threatening to—is not the pleasure of seeing someone naked. After all, there are millions of images of naked women who happen to be consenting available online. It’s about…the pleasure of hurting and humiliating a woman who offended you by being unobtainable, and by standing up for other women.”