Nightmare on Elm Street Character: Freddy Krueger Opinon Piece

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In case you couldn’t tell from the introduction, today I have completed the trifecta of slasher villains by finally writing about the guy that jumpstarted Johnny Depp’s career: Freddy Krueger.

Freddy is the bogeyman that kills you in your dream. He used to be a serial killer known as the ‘Springwood Slasher’. He killed about twenty to twenty seven children before parents ambushed Freddy in his boiler room and burned him alive. Freddy was offered an opportunity to carry in his killing as a dream demon and thus Freddy kills those who dream and sleep. He kills the children of the parents that killed him which seems like a revenge circle that never ends. Poor Freddy has only killed 43 people which is less than half of what Michael and Jason have done but Freddy is still an iconic killer.

Freddy has such amazing one liners like:

  • “I’m your boyfriend now, Nancy.”
  • “You’ve got the body. I’ve got the brain.”
  • “Yes. The souls of the children give me strength. Always room for more.”

Robert Englund is the one and only person that has played Freddy and honestly he does such an amazing job that anyone that tries to make a Nightmare on Elm Street movie without Robert Englund, already fails the film. (Looks at 2010 reboot!)

Freddy taunts and creates fear from his victims which makes him even more enjoyable to watch. Freddy has creative ways of killing and tormenting his victims. His best gruesome kill is in the original Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) where Glen (Johnny Depp) is dragged into a whole and his body explodes in a fountain of blood which reminds of the end of The Shining (1979). At this point we’ve established that I don’t appreciate murder but rather the artistic style of the production.

Freddy has the best and most terrifying outlook like a dirty version of scar faced Deadpool. (Fun fact: Freddy Krueger was referenced to describe Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds). His jumper is so stylish and the hat compliments the outfit. Although I’m not a big fan of finger knives (I prefer Michael Myer’s or Jason Voorhees’s weapon), it makes Freddy look more badass and defines him as an ultimate slasher villain.

Overall I think Freddy is one of the best iconic slasher killers there are and cannot wait for a possible movie that will bring back a terrifying version of Freddy. Plus I want to see him go against Michael Myers since his fight against Jason was the best. One of my favourite battles of all time. (Alien Vs. Predator is up there as the best battle of all time).

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Hamlet Character: Ophelia Opinion Piece

Hello again. Last time, we talked about Hamlet, Prince and Dane of Denmark. We didn’t touch upon the girlfriend that is Ophelia. A direct mirror parallel to Hamlet and the poor victim of the tragedy of the play.

Ophelia is Hamlet’s girlfriend and lover. She’s the daughter of Polonius, who is the advisor of the King of Denmark. Her brother Laertes, is in France messing around. In the end, she goes mad and commits suicide by drowning. Ophelia is victimised by most of the characters:

  • Her father Polonius, warns Ophelia to stay away from Hamlet as he is a Prince and she is a lowly member of the Danish court.
  • Her brother scares her by painting Hamlet as a apex sexual predator that will ruin Ophelia and take her virgnity away
  • Hamlet accuses her of being a whore and orders her to go to a nunnery. He then stabs her dad which causes Ophelia to go mad.
  • Gertrude makes no inclination to protect Ophelia and pathetically wishes that Ophelia would be the wife of Hamlet

The only best people to play Ophelia are Kate Winslet, Daisy Ridley and Helena Bonham Carter. Kate Winslet has created the perfect Ophelia by her madness which is defined as incurable by the men of society. Patriarchy at its finest. I feel that Ophelia is not given proper voice as she is made to be the image of victimisation. The many characters find her to be the easier character to overpower. However, Ophelia is strong. She parallels Hamlet as an ‘actor’ and not a ‘thinker’. This makes her a strong character and one that I hope gets a voice in which she is the triumphant one and not Hamlet.

Daisy Ridley recently did a film in which the entire plot focused on Ophelia and I do hope it is good, because Ophelia deserves to have a voice and to be presented more than just a symbol of patriarchy and promiscuity.

Black Panther Character: Erik Killmonger aka N’Jadaka Opinion Piece

I lived my entire life waiting for this moment. I trained, I wrote, I isolated myself just to get here. I wrote in my bedroom, living room, bathroom… I wrote for brothers and sisters right here on this continent! And all this work just so I could write to you.

So I’m writing about one of the villains of Black Panther (2018), Erik Stevens. Codename: Killmonger and Prince N’Jadaka.

Erik Killmonger is an MIT Grad that fought in Afghanistan +Iraq and was part of the CIA to take down governments and countries. He’s a soldier but also a Wakandan. His father is Prince N’Jobu who is an uncle to T’Challa, King of Wakanda. He wants to exercise his right to the throne and seek revenge for his father who was killed by T’Challa’s father, T’Chaka.

So Erik Killmonger is played by Michael B. Jordan, who is not related to the basketball player Michael Jordan. He does an amazing job as Marvel’s villain which makes the other Marvel villains look lame. You can’t help to agree with him as he talks about Wakanda isolating themselves from the slave trade, two world wars and alien invasions. Erik aims to make Wakanda better and more involved with the world. He wants to provide the oppressed black people with opportunities for a better life but the way he goes about it, is a little violent. He kills an advisor, a dora milaje warrior, his girlfriend and his partner in crime in order to become the new king of Wakanda.

He could have chosen not to do those things but can you really blame him, when he found his father with black panther claws in his chest. You feel sympathy for Erik’s mistreatment as he grows up angry, lost and confused at the way Wakanda has mistreated him and his dad. He was abandoned by his uncle T’Chaka who could have socialised him into a better person.

He’s the perfect villain that you can’t help but love and hate at the same time. He is strong and powerful and the way he tells the truth about black mistreatment, shows how proud he is of his race. I really wish to see more of Erik Killmonger in future Marvel films because he is one of the best developed Marvel villains.

Hamlet Character: Hamlet Opinion Piece

To be, or not to be? That is the question—
Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And, by opposing, end them? To die, to sleep—
No more—and by a sleep to say we end
The heartache and the thousand natural shocks
That flesh is heir to—’tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wished! To die, to sleep.
To sleep, perchance to dream

As you know, we’ll be talking about one of Shakespeare’s greatest tragic heroes, Hamlet, Prince and Dane of Denmark.

Hamlet is a young thirty year old prince, who returns home to Denmark from Wittenberg University. His father recently died and his uncle married his mother. Hamlet spends all his time moping before a ghost reveals that his uncle killed his father. Hamlet then aims to take revenge by moping; directing a play; stabbing his girlfriend’s dad; putting on a ventriloquist act with a skull; be gay with his best friend and acting like a mad man.

Hamlet has been played by many esteemed actors, and is considered to be one of the best Shakespearean characters to play on stage:

  • Kenneth Branagh
  • David Tennant
  • Benedict Cumberbatch
  • Andrew Scott
  • Mel Gibson
  • Ethan Hawke
  • Daniel Day Lewis

Each of whom have had many unique versions, but for this post I will focus on the play, Kenneth Branagh and Andrew Scott version of Hamlet.

Many scholars have tried to define who Hamlet is. In the Kenneth Branagh version, he is presented as an upset and restrained person who has the utmost anger. You can tell that Hamlet is acting mad which presents Hamlet as a lost figure. A young man consumed by the grief of his father and the hurried marriage of his mother to his uncle. This version was certainly intriguing and unique. He suited the design of Denmark which was somewhat Jacobean and Elizabethan.

However, the Andrew Scott version placed Hamlet in the modern era with Shakespearean English as the main language. I was enthralled by this version of Hamlet as Andrew Scott brought some Moriarty (From BBC’s Sherlock) into his performance. This Hamlet made it absolutely clear to the audience that Hamlet was and is mad. So I prefer Andrew Scott’s version of Hamlet.

Hamlet is one of my favourite characters because he is relatable. He is belligerent and pessimistic of the world. His procrastination levels are what I aspire and he is quite hilarious. I don’t think anyone can define who Hamlet is but then again maybe someone will figure out what Shakespeare wanted to say. In the mean time, I have to go catch up with my skull Yorick. Adieu!

Suicide Squad Character: Harley Quinn Opinion Piece

Alright puddin’! It’s time another clown-face painted person entered the scene. May I introduce what I think about Dr. Harleen Quinzel or better known as Harley Quinn.

Harley Quinn is a some psychologist who wasn’t explored fully in Suicide Squad (2016). The way she looked was amazing and has become a great halloween costume for girls, and that is all there is. She’s just a pretty face and that is what really disapppointed me about her. No offense to Margot Robbie, she did an amazing job as Harley Quinn. I felt like the true comic book Harley was not there. Although apparently Margot Robbie is planning an all female-villain film which will have Harley Quinn in it. I hope this gives Harley Quinn a platform better than in Suicide Squad.

In the comics, she’s an excellent psychologist that earned her title of ‘Doctor’ by working hard and going to school. She works hard to get past her abuse from her boyfriend the Joker and now she is dating Poison Ivy (Female villain). She once stopped a fight with Black Canary after discovering she was pregnant and took her to the hospital. Harley took care of her and gave her baby gifts. I want this version of Harley Quinn and I was dismayed, when in Suicide Squad she simply went over the top crazy and obsessed with Joker (Dreaming about a picket fence life with him, not something Harley Quinn needs to dream about).

She is presented as a weak victim that can not live without her ‘Mr. J’. All in all I feel, Harley Quinn deserved a better representation as her fighting style was interesting. She had lacked character and became a pretty face and so I just wish for a better written and developed Harley Quinn which is true to the comic book adaptations.

Hollywood Sexual Abuse Scandal Piece

Today I’d like to talk about a serious issue. Something that has dominated the news. I would like to take a moment to address the Hollywood Sexual Abuse scandal that has been going on since early October.

Let’s start by outlining a few questions:

  • ‘What is the Hollywood Sexual Abuse Scandal?’ This is a news event that has exposed big Hollywood moguls for causing shock to male and female actors. This has caused other platforms like music, politics, sports and media to expose the people that believe it is their right to sexually touch person.
  • ‘Who is involved?’ Big media personalities like Harvey Weinstein, Matt Lauer and Kevin Spacey etc. Have been accused of sexually assaulting women and men for decades.
  • ‘When did it start?’ It started on the 5th of October when the New York times wrote reports on Harvey Weinstein. Decades of his sexual mosconduct were written and actresses Ashley Judd and Rose McGowan were one of the first people to accuse him of sexual assault and rape. Since then over ninety women have accused Harvey Weinstein of rape and sexual assault. This has been coined as the ‘Weinstein Effect’ for other actors have been exposed like Kevin Spacey, C.K. Louis, Ben Affleck, Dustin Hoffman etc. It has spread to platforms with people like Mario Batali and Roy Moore being exposed for being sexual predators.

Now we come on to ‘why?’. Why do people feel it is their right to inappropriately touch someone? It’s a difficult question to answer and one we all would certainly like to ask those sexual predators. It’s interesting to know that these people who we hailed have stooped to an ultimate new level. Think about it? Before October, Harvey Weinstein was one of the top producers of Hollywood. Now we all think of him as a monster. I’m not saying that we should hail him because why would we hail someone who has traumatised women. It’s just something to think about.

#Metoo was trending on twitter and it all started with Alyssa Milano who wanted every person to come out with their story of sexual assault or harassment. We have definitely entered a time where we discover out heroes to be disgusting people. A story that truly stuck to me was Terry Crew’s story. I remember reading his story and reminding myself that men too are the victims of sexual assault. I also expressed my support for this trending topic. The sex scandal has made everyone aware and we certainly should be spreading the awareness and help those who can’t speak out about the atrocities that happened to them.

I was on the internet when I came across Mario Batali’s email apology for the accusations of sexual assault. It began sort of okay. He did not apologise to his victims but he apologised to his family, friends and partners. He then ends the email with a recipe for pizza cinnamon roles. That’s a person who does not understand the consequences and sees this as an excuse to promote himself.

Well, I have a message for those people who have been discovered or those yet to have been discovered. Especially to people like Mario Batali: You will not get away with this. No matter how much you try to silence the voices of those you harassed, those voices will come out. Nothing will protect you from your stupid actions. You need to step up and accept the consequences rather than denying the actions. Everyone knows you did it. No one can lie about trauma and those who do are just as worse as you. You are a despicable human being.

Can we forgive these people? At the end of the day we can’t. They have taken advantage of someone’s intimacy and no one can give that back. You can’t turn back the clock and so forgiveness will take so much hard work. That conclude’s my report, understanding and opinion to the Hollywood Sexual Abuse Scandal.

X-Men Character: James ‘Logan’ Howlett, Wolverine Opinion Piece

*****HEAVY SPOILERS*****

Am I allowed to open old wounds? I know I shouldn’t but I have decided to because it’s time to address the elephant in the room. I will be talking about the legendary Logan Howlett, otherwise better known as the Wolverine.

He is a two-hundred year old mutant Canadian with no memory of his past. Logan has fought in many wars and has adamantium claws which extend from between his knuckles. He is a tough indestructible animal with a strong fan following. Only one person has played him for seventeen years and that person is Hugh Jackman.

Everyone’s favourite character and one of the best performances as a superhero. I grew up watching the X-Men films and he has excelled in every film, even the worst ones (X-Men Origins: Wolverine). Hugh Jackman embodies the role of Wolverine amazingly and it puts all the fanboys (who tried to criticise his height and fear of planes) to shame. He’s in every X-Men movie with amazing cameos in X-Men First Class and X-Men Apocalypse. I think my most favourite performances of Wolverine, is the Wolverine and Logan.

Both those Wolverine-centred films gave Wolverine a grounded realism as he battles inner demons along with other people, wanting to harness his healing ability (The Wolverine) and his loss of his mutant ability (Logan). I remember watching Logan and the ending made me cry for ages. I say this now no one can take over from Wolverine as Hugh Jackman is the best actor. Maybe Dafne Keen (Plays Laura in Logan) can take over as the new Wolverine.

He has awesome lines and my personal favourite is in X-Men First Class when he tells Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr to go screw themselves. Classic Wolverine.

I am going to miss Hugh Jackman as Wolverine and I like many people will commemorate the amazing performance he gave as the best superhero.