No guys, I need to stop and talk about something in this movie and how fucking revolutionary it was; something that I haven’t seen in a movie before or since.
This is a movie about a kid who leaves her birth family.
Not a kid who find that they have a secret lineage or something that allows them to find their ‘true family’ - this is a movie about a kid whose true birth family is made up of bad people. So she gets out. And that is played as the right thing to do. She isn’t punished for it or made to feel bad about ‘abandoning her family’. There isn’t an underlying ‘but they’re your family and you have to love them’ or ‘they’re your family and they love you even if they don’t show it well or do hurtful things’ message of the kind that I see OVER AND OVER AND OVER AND OVER in media. Matilda gets out and lives happily ever after because of it.
We need a million more movies like this to counter the metric shit ton of movies that directly counter this message.
This is so, so, so important!!!! I was adopted when I was literally a few hours old, and for as long as I can remember I’ve always just felt vaguely uncomfortable every time a show like Switched at Birth became popular, or a movie came out about a kid being reunited with their “true” family. I never had that desire to find my “real” family because the family that adopted me is not only the only family I’ve ever known, but the best family I could have asked for. But time and time again I’ve been told that I don’t really belong with the parents and siblings that I care about with all my heart, simply because we don’t share genes the way “real” families do. People harp on and on and on about it, as if there’s some kind of inescapable cosmic destiny tying me and my biological family together. And you know what? That’s total bullshit! I have yet to meet a person who understands that I don’t consider my birth parents my “real” parents. I’m some kind of heartless monster in the eyes of a lot of people because I don’t want to meet my birth parents, and this is wrong. We need to stop stressing the importance of blood and start emphasizing what makes a true family. Love, loyalty, safety and sanctuary — that’s what families are made of, not genetics.
The thing about reality is that it’s still there waiting for you the next morning.
Dylan O’brien, Dylan Sprayberry and Tyler Posey at the Nintendo Lounge in SDCC 2014
Rule of threes, Felix. Next time Tucker throws you a grenade, it’s going to hurt.
a bubble freezing at -10º F degrees
THIS IS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL THING I HAVE EVER VIRTUALLY WITNESSED
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