I saw it opening weekend.
Worst special and digital effects I’ve seen in an MCU movie to date. Things were so bad that you could tell what was and wasn’t green-screen, and the 3-D only made it more obvious. Some of the CG involving Goose the Cat is so completely off I almost had to wonder if this wasn’t a subtle way of showing a key detail about him rather than the work of a designer who’d never been around cats in their life since real cats can’t move like that.
The poor effects work alone is IMHO enough to where a person would be justified in skipping the movie entirely, or at least waiting for it to hit the discount matinees.
The way I see it, Warren took herself out of the running with her DNA bit, while AOC’s “New Green Deal” proposal was so preposterous she’s no longer going to be taken seriously even by people within her own party. We can pretty well scratch them off.
The strip is verging on 20 years old at this point. Cho quit the strip in the early 2000s to protest what he saw as excessive interference from his editor, and planned to continue the series as a comic book. But chronologically, “The Big Book of Love” is as far as the series goes; Marvel Comics came calling right as the comic books finished re-printing the dailies, and nothing more came out.
His “veteran” status has come into question. Although he did indeed serve during that time period, he reportedly never went to Vietnam itself and may have had some discipline issues.
So… nothing about the fact that Phillips approached the kids and not the other way around?
Or anything about the Black Hebrew group shouting insults at the kids in the first place?
When it’s this heavy-handed, I treat it as a parody whether it was meant to be or not.
My guess is that this was all tactical in nature, and he’s got one final card to play.
At the end of last year it was publicly revealed that several key leaders of the national-level Womens’ March held anti-Semitic beliefs and attitudes. This created so much scandal that a key supporter quit the group because she felt that by continuing to support the group she was supporting religious bigotry.
It’s all but threatening to collapse the group from within.
Those were from a “blackout” game from several years ago, so far back that none of the current crop of kids would have been students unless someone got held back a year. Not only would everyone wear all-black to the games, some kids went so far as to wear black face paint.
Wikipedia’s got an article on them, so that should give you a primer. The gist of it, though, is that these groups tend to see themselves as direct descendants of the Jews in the Bible, with more militant groups holding that this fact was erased from public knowledge in a deliberate attempt at keeping blacks down. These more militant groups have a reputation for being nasty to people who they don’t see as allies.