Audrey says “fuck your gender roles”
This movie is super underrated.
Audrey is so underrated. How can you not love her?
I have a love-hate relationship with this movie.
On one hand it’s got awesome PoC characters who defy racial and gender stereotypes. It also discusses colonialism and how people tend to destroy indigenous cultures to obtain land and resources (which is why the crew ultimately decided a to pretend they never found Atlantis because they don’t want anyone else to try and destroy the culture).
But on the other hand, the whole plot is that Atlantis needs a white, cishet man to save it from extinction and for some reason he understand their culture and language better than they do.
hEY FUCK YOU OKAY
MILO WAS THE ANTITHESIS OF WHITE SAVIOR
HE WAS A NERDY USELESS LITTLE SHIT WHO WAS COWARDLY UNTIL OTHERS FORCED HIM TO ACT
HIS ONLY STRENGTHS WERE HIS MIND AND HIS ETHICS
HE WAS THE PERFECT DUDE FOR THE JOB AND THE REASON HE KNEW BETTER WAS BECAUSE HE RIGOROUSLY STUDIED TEXTS THAT HAD BEEN LOST OR DESTROYED IN ATLANTIS BECAUSE KIDA’S FATHER INTENTIONALLY LET HIS KINGDOM LAPSE INTO DECAY AND OBSCURITY
DO NOT PULL THAT WHITE SAVIOUR BULLSHIT BECAUSE MILO WAS A DAMN GOOD DUDE
I’ve been trying to tell people this for years. Also, what differentiates Milo’s experience from the white savior complex is his expectation and his attitude. When looking for Atlantis, the last thing Milo expects to find are people. He says the most they thought that they would find are carvings and pottery. And he would have been happy with just that.
And even when he finds the Atlanteans, he treats the culture and people with the utmost respect (peek the scene where the crew has their audience with the king). He never tries to interfere in the people’s way of life nor change them. He’s merely an observer fascinated with the culture/people and just wants to know more about them.
In most movies, the white savior comes into the situation with an attitude of superiority and only through his interactions with the native people (and a lot of times a beautiful native woman) is he humbled and then eventually brought in as an honorary member of the people. Milo never asks for thanks or wants to make a name for himself. He does what he does because he loves it and it’s a way to keep his grandfather’s legacy alive.
Yeah. Milo was a damn good dude.
Okay, so Atlantis is one of my all time favorite movies, and definitely in my top three Disney movies. I fucking love this movie. But, that being said, Milo being a “damn good dude” doesn’t change the fact that there are serious white savior tones to this movie.
Here’s the thing: yes, Milo is different from the typical white savior, but a character’s actions and behavior don’t negate the intent of the writer. It’s like the age old defense of oversexualized female characters by saying “but she chose to wear this!” No, she didn’t. A real live human being chose to draw her that way. Well, this is the same kind of thing. Yes, Milo is nice. Yes, Milo was respectful. Yes, he’s a good guy. But you know what? The writer still chose to create a story about a group of POC who needed a white man to save them and help preserve their culture. He knew more about their culture than they did, in some ways. He taught them about their own language and technology. And guess what? Some person chose to make the story that way. Somebody sat down and decided to make a narrative about a white dude who saves a bunch of POC and helps to restore their language and teach them how to use their own technology, and then save them from destruction. The writer chose to make him white, the writer chose to make the Atlantean people in need of rescue, both from outside forces and from the slow loss of certain aspects of their culture, and chose to make Milo the one to save them.
Whether or not Milo is a “damn good dude,” the people in charge of writing the story still made the conscious decision to make in a white savior narrative. Even if the character is respectful, the concept is not, plain and simple.
Thank you so much for adding that.