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I wouldn't do that to you. I have a strict No Boredom rule on my blog, so no worries there. Kicking off the A-Z Challenge this year, and in honor of our lovely first letter of the alphabet, I'm posting on my favorite villains and/or settings, as well as a special thank you to Arlee Bird.
Here's to you Arlee! For dreaming up this fantastic challenge that has connected so many bloggers around the sphere. Learn more about Arlee and the A-Z Challenge from the blog by clicking here.
Today, I'm talking about both setting and villain from the film, APOCOLYPTO!
First time I saw this film I was left with a very tense and not so warm cozy feeling. It's harsh, bloody, gruesome, and ultra-intense. Honestly, I didn't know whether I liked it or not, there was so much to take in and deal with.
Recently, I gave it another go. And I have to say, it's pretty brilliant in terms of stirring emotion. And that's what good stories do, right? Thought you'd agree.
SETTING: Jungles of Yucatan Mexico during the early decline of the Mayan civilization. Why do I love this setting? Vivid greens, tropical rivers and waterfalls, teeming with wildlife. It really immerses you in the beauty of the jungle, and with no modern day technology present, it proves a good story doesn't need a lot of high-tech gadgetry to win fans. A great setting becomes a character itself, and this one was in perfect contrast to the horrors man can (and does) induce.
Beautifully done, this setting becomes the ultimate weapon in the end for the main character, Jaguar Paw, and the only way he can beat his vicious assailants.
VILLAIN: A good villain takes a lot to work to design. They need motives and flaws and relatability on some level. I'm not sure I ever figured out exactly what those were for this guy, but he still remains one of the nastiest bad guys I've ever loved.
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This guy gave me the willies and made me want to smack him all at the same time. MIDDLE EYE is the warrior who kills Jaguar Paw's father in front of him, and pretty much gives Jaguar Paw a relentlessly gut-wrenching run for his money, always with an evil smirk on his face. He reminded me why it's good to create the kind of villain that makes your last meal turnover in your stomach. Sometimes it's good to have characters we can hate, and in that way, they become unforgettable!
Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope to see you all month long. Leave a comment, so I can be sure to visit your blog as well. Have you seen Apocolypto? What did you think of it? Likes or dislikes? Have a fave villain you love to hate? Please share ...