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So, a year ago a little movie came out and totally changed my life. I had been slowly getting back into the feeling fannish again thing with Pacific Rim, writing fic for the first time beyond Yuletide (well, I wrote one Pepper and Loki hanging out keeping vigil with a girls' night story after Avengers), but I had no idea the tsunami of fannishness that would sweep me away with Winter Soldier.

I should have guessed. I mean. I loved the comics, I love Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes more than I can coherently render (SebStan's been ruining my life for years, OMG his mouth, his eyes, his voice, his everything), and I had fallen in love with Steve Rogers somewhere along the line totally against my will, but such is the power of Steve and Chris Evans. My adoration of Natasha Romanov is boundless, and Scarlett, and so they are two great tastes that taste great together and she fucking owned that movie. And then there was the casting of Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson--when they announced it, I might have squealed to a level only dogs can hear. I'm not admitting to anything. Because I adore Sam in the comics and I adore Anthony Mackie and it was kismet, I'm telling you. Kismet.

But then. It was a '70s political thriller. Maria was in it! Sam Jackson got to be a major badass! Robert Redford was eeeeviiiillll. Frank Grillo! And Peggy fucking Carter still being awesome just lying in a bed, calling Steve on his issues. That flashback. To the end of the line. I just. I still cannot. I love this movie more than I can even say. I saw it 23 times in the theatre alone, and that doesn't count all the watchings in between of crappy cam copies until the DVD came out. I watch it at home all the time. It still hits me just as hard as it did then. I read fanfic at night before I go to bed--I hadn't read fanfic much at all for the past decade outside of Yuletide. I write. So many words, and I still have ideas to chase. I vid. It just hasn't slowed for me at all, though I'm sure at some point it will, and then I will be sad. I see people moving away from it already, and I get sad, because I'm just as head over heels as I was back then.

And speaking of fandoms, one of my old loves, Fast and Furious, came out yesterday. I'm sure I'll go see it, but I have a lot of pain, with Paul Walker being gone. I know it's gonna be hard. It'll be easier because the last two movies weren't quite as important to me as the first and the fourth, but I did enjoy a lot of the fifth one (caper!). So spoil me, if you've seen it. I know I can't go until I know what to expect.


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Apr. 4th, 2015 09:00 pm (UTC)
So spoil me, if you've seen it. I know I can't go until I know what to expect.

It was sad, but not wrenching, imo. I still cried but I thought they did as loving a job as they could on it. I wrote about it in my lj. The movie itself, aside from how they handled the Brain storyline, was as OTT as you'd expect. I love all that so I had no problem with it. I loved all the movies, the more ridiculous the more I liked them? I don't know. I think this one is actually probably not as good as the others, or more ridiculous in any case in terms of the stunts and the plot devices, but none of that bothered me, ymmv.
Apr. 4th, 2015 10:04 pm (UTC)
I saw your post--how do they actually handle Brian/Paul being gone? Does he walk off into the sunset or something, or does his character actually die in the movie? I was hoping to hear that Han and Giselle were magically not killed in the last movie. That really, really depressed me. I'd had this fnatasy that the death we saw in Tokyo Drift would have been a total fakeout.
Apr. 4th, 2015 10:29 pm (UTC)
His character does not die in the movie. He lives, Mia lives, their kid lives. Dom very much lives. He's immortal! Han and Giselle are sadly not magically not killed, which I was hoping for, too, at least for Han to not be dead. They did it with Letty! Why not with Han! I'd be happy to hand waive away any weird plot devices. But alas, at least not in this film.

So, to be more specific, they have a very light subplot of Brian struggling with domesticity and life as a Dad driving a minivan, etc, after all the adrenaline of his life before. So, Mia's like, you have to help Dom and the team with this Deckard Shaw business, and then come back to me. She's also pregnant again, but afraid to tell Brian for fear that he'll choose to stay with her instead of help Dom. So, all the movie then happens, lots of stunts, no major characters die or even get seriously injured except for Hobbs (injured, not dead, and that happens first thing). After all of the main events of the plot are done, and the bad guy is taken away, and everyone is safe, then they have a scene at the beach where Brian and Mia and their kid are playing in the surf while Dom and Letty and everyone else watches. They, Dom and Letty, etc, say something like "look at him, he's happy," and then Dom decides to leave without saying good-bye. So he gets up and goes in his car, but Brian follows and they line up at a light. Brian says something like "Thought you could leave without saying goodbye," and he's smiling and his usual goofy charming self. They then sort of race, but the camera pulls way way back and up and we see Dom drive off in one direction and Brian drive off in another. That part got me. And there's a montage. The montage was a little heavy handed, but I understand why they had that there, and I can't say I blame them for it.

The use of Paul's brothers and some cgi was pretty subtle. I only caught it a couple of times and only in the final last scene between them, and the part with Brian playing in the surf with his kid.

Edited at 2015-04-04 10:35 pm (UTC)
Apr. 8th, 2015 04:20 am (UTC)
Thanks for this! I haven't got as much invested in it lately as I once did, but it's still really powerful to me and Paul's death really affected me in a way I couldn't have predicted, so seeing this is something I have to be really prepared for.
Apr. 9th, 2015 08:16 pm (UTC)
I too was surprised by how Paul's death affected me. I still cry about it, and while I love the films I've never been uber fannish about them. I think we're not the only ones who feel the same way though. Personally, I am of the opinion that with the films' focus on found family, the audience becomes the silent member of that family especially with several films to cement that in, so even if you're just a casual consumer of the films his death felt more personal than what would normally be expected.

For what it's worth, all the reviews and online commentary I've read so far to the film's ending and how they handled their tribute to Paul has been pretty overwhelmingly positive.
Apr. 5th, 2015 02:24 am (UTC)
I am hip-deep in a Clint/Phil fic, but I still do have my fannish adoration for Winter Soldier. Hell, I am driving out to Ft. McCoy, formerly Camp McCoy, WHERE BUCKY DID HIS BASIC TRAINING, later this month.

Cause I do want to write some fic.
Apr. 8th, 2015 04:22 am (UTC)
OMG PLEASE REPORT ON CAMP MCCOY. I mean, doing research is one thing, but having a fannish report will be so much better. Squeeeeeee.
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