From Movies to T.V Shows: 5 Of The Greatest Rivalries Ever

What makes a movie, book or TV show more impactful than a rivalry between two characters, the answer is…….I don’t know!, but there is something about rivalries that brings us back to whatever it is that we are viewing. It adds to the intensity. When they are well done, its what we remember most about these films/t.v shows. So, with that in mind, here are 5 of my favorite rivalries in the realm of entertainment that I have experienced.

5) Gerald Lambeau and Sean Maguire (Good Will Hunting)

Gerald Lambeau (left) and Sean Maguire (right)
Gerald Lambeau (left) and Sean Maguire (right)

While not exactly a rivalry, the love-hate relationship between these two in the film was something that I could not ignore. You see, one of the major aspects to rivalries (particularly good ones) is the admiration and hatred the characters have for each other. This is something that is present in all of my personal favorite rivalries on this list.

What I love so much about their relationship is how inconsistent it is. One moment they are respecting each other, acting like adults and another moment, they are fighting each other like kids! You can see in their fights that they once cared for each other and still do. This is more apparent when they are arguing with each other about their ideals. Gerald wants to make Will a great mathematician, considering his potential while Sean wants him to do whatever he wishes and not to be manipulated into doing mathematics for the rest of his life. Each time they argue over this, it makes for some of the best written scenes in the film and for one of the best rivalries.

4) Professor X and Magneto (X-Men First Class and Days of Future Past)

Profeesor X (left) and Magneto (right)
Profeesor X (left) and Magneto (right)

You all saw this coming, and this list couldn’t be complete without comic book rivalries. Professor X and Magneto is a prime example of a great rivalry. Like the previous spot on our list, what makes them work is the fact that they were friends once. It only makes their hatred for each other more impactful. But unlike the previous list, this rivalry isn’t one sided.

You can see both sides of the argument. Eric/Magneto hates humans and the motive behind it is pretty well explained. He experienced the Holocaust, that reason is good enough. Charles/Professor X is someone who, unlike Eric, is willing to see the bigger picture. He is willing to see what mutants and humans can achieve once they put aside their differences. This makes their rivalry work for me and was the best part about X-Men First Class and Days of Future Past.

3) The Bride and Bill (Kill Bill Vol. 2)

Bill (left) and The Bride (right)
Bill (left) and The Bride (right)

This is one that not many talk about. In fact it’s probably the most underrated rivalry ever (if there is one I guess). The Bride and Bill, two skilled assassins were once lovers. They cared for each other and their fallout led to two awesome revenge flicks (details of which I won’t spoil).

With their final showdown in Vol.2 and their rivalry coming to a close, I was rather pleased to find out that it wasn’t a hand to hand beat down. Rather, it was a conversation that led to confessions – each of them explaining to the other why they did what they did. Like other spots on this list, what the script does so well is hint at their past relationship. They seemed to truly love each other and that’s what makes the conclusion to their affair a bittersweet one and their rivalry a memorable one.

2) Batman and The Joker (The Dark Knight and all of the DC Animated Batman Movies)

You know who is who
You know who is who

Okay, this is as obvious as it comes. We all know this rivalry. Hell, people who don’t even have a clue about comic books know about Batman and Joker (at least I think they do).

The rivalry between Batman and Joker is the definition of a love-hate relationship. Batman and Joker have been arch enemies for years in comic books, movies and T.V shows and we just can’t get enough of these two. They are obstacles for each other, they test each other to their limits and will do anything to get their point across to each other – and that’s what makes it work.

Joker tests Batman’s rule of no killing and Batman tests the Joker by never giving in to his cruelty. In one way, they have this dark admiration for each other. It’s like they want to chase each other forever, despite the horrifying consequences. The Dark Knight, the animated feature The Dark Knight Returns Part 2 and the comic book The Killing Joke (It was the first comic book I ever read) are great examples. What can I say, this rivalry is a hell of a good one.

1) Tom and Jerry

Now, let’s tone down a bit. Why is my favorite rivalry a comedic one? Well, because these guys and their rivalry basically defined my childhood. I loved them for as long as I can remember. I love the chases, which define ‘slapstick comedy’. Not to mention that, rivalries in comedies almost always tend to get the best laughs.

I love the bombs, the grenades, the woodpeckers, the dogs, the high speed chases, the flat faces and so on. This is what Tom and Jerry are known for. They love to hate each other and they admire each other. Of all the rivalries on this list, they are the ones that stay true to the love-hate factor. They hate each other like any cat and mouse would, yet they stick with each other like no other friend would and that’s exactly what makes their rivalry special to me.

So, that’s about it my dear friends. Thanks for reading! Tell me, which is your favorite rivalry? Give your personal favorite in the comment section below.

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X-Men Days Of Future Past Trailer 2 Review

Hey guys, I am back to bore you for another long post. A lot of interesting things have been going on, most importantly, a new trailer for X-Men Days of Future Past (let us just say “DOFP” for further references) has surfaced online and a lot of high anticipation for Captain America: The Winter Soldier due to the acclaimed reception it has received following the movie premier prior to its release. I am really excited for both these movies and I am seeing The Winter Soldier the next weekend, be sure to check out the review on my blog soon

So in this post, I am going to talk more in detail about the new trailer for X-Men DOFP.

First off, let me point out the fact that I loved this trailer, but it does bring up a lot of questions in my head, and that is a good sign of anticipation, but on the other hand I am nervous about this film. My prediction so far about this film is rather peculiar and I also have to point out that this film has a lot of expectations that need to be fulfilled, but more importantly, it needs to answer A LOT of questions. Regardless of how epic the trailer might be, it cannot cloud these facts. So, moving on to the trailer review.

The first-half of the trailer takes its time in establishing the situations of these characters. They are in a post-apocalyptic world where mutants are on “the edge of extinction” as the elderly Charles Xavier narrates. We get a glimpse of a lot of mutants, like Kitty Pryde, Blink, Bobby/Ice Man, Bishop, Wolverine, Charles and Magneto (elder and younger versions) and Storm (who probably dies in the shot that revealed a Sentinel attacking from behind).

 

 

This description probably structures up to the first minute of the trailer. It tries its best in not giving away the entire plot but giving us the necessary plot points that we need. Now a lot of people hated this part of the trailer, but I guess I am the minority. I loved Patrick Stewart’s voiceover, it was magnificent, and the sense of fear, danger and hope all at the same time in a single voiceover was something that I simply could not ignore.

What do we imply from this?

  •   Charles Xavier is the central character of this film, whether or not the older version or the younger version gets the major part doesn’t bother me much, but much of the first minute implies that Charles really has a major involvement in the film’s plot.
  •  Wolverine will have the most screen time in this film compared to all the characters. I definitely stand by the previous point that I stated, but do remember Charles is played by two actors of significantly different ages. Wolverine plays his part in the future as well as the past. A lot of die-hard fans of X-Men were disappointed as it was Kitty Pryde who goes back in time, but I am a huge fan of Wolverine and I like the decision that they send Wolverine to do this job and I can’t get enough of Hugh Jackman.
  • At least 45 minutes to one hour of the film will take place in the future. A lot of war scenes were shown to us in the trailer and it does showcase a lot of sentinels and a lot of action sequences are going to be around the future timeline. The trailer gave us a lot of shots of the future for at least 1 and half minutes throughout the trailer, although I am sure that the future will take at least up to 45 minutes of the movie, I am definitely not sure whether the scenes are going to be intercuts between the films past and future timelines or will it be a continuous narrative.

As we move on, we get a glimpse of Wolverine lying down on a rock-like structure with Kitty Pryde’s arms on either side of Wolverine sending him back to his younger body in the past (with her new powers?). We see a few shots of the younger Charles, with long hair and a full beard, we see Magneto escaping a prison with a few iron balls (a nod to the X2 scene). We see Mystique as a much less innocent character. A few shots of Boliviar Trask introducing sentinels are seen. Wolverine is seen in action. Charles seems to be standing in a few shots. In the last few shots, we get to see Magneto showcasing his powers near a football stadium and lifting a couple of cars, throwing a few men off and a lot more.

What do we imply from this?

  • Mystique will be a far less likeable character than she was in the first film. She really seems like she has taken a seductive turn to her character much like Emma Frost (the woman in the diamond skin in First Class). Both these characters seem to be very similar for many reasons
  • Charles and Magneto’s friendship have a really strong focus. We see an older Magneto who is regretful of his actions and we see a younger version of Magneto who isn’t. There are two opposite situations throughout the trailer, we see how Charles and Magneto fight each other and we see a regretful Magneto trying to redeem his friendship with Charles by the future near the end of the trailer (“All those years wasted fighting each other Charles”). This particular scenario makes me have a strong feeling that the scenes are going to be intercuts of the future and the past.
  • Kitty Pryde will have a larger role than the audience expected. Although it isn’t Kitty who goes back in time, it seems to me that she has an integral part in this film, she is seen at least 5-6 times throughout the trailer and she seems to be the one who sends wolverine back in time
  •  Wolverine will convince Charles and Magneto to be friends again. Wolverine has gone through a lot and I am pretty sure in one way or another he will make sure that they work together, he probably will threaten them.

As all the shots are done, we see the final glimpse of the older Charles and the younger Charles (who is in tears) facing each other with the older Charles saying “You’re afraid. I remember “.

What do we imply from this?

This is going to be a turning point in the film. It is going to be at a point where the younger Charles is burdened with expectations and faces his older self, and after this conversation (which will be 5-10 minutes long), he will do what is necessary to make things right.

After this review I think it would be best to point out the problems this film has to solve

  1.  Continuity – This film needs to answer a lot of questions based on the unexplained questions that were created in X-Men 3, especially, how the antidote created only a temporary effect and how Charles is still alive and how can he stand in a few scenes.
  2.  It needs to explain things – This film needs to do a lot of that. As I said earlier, it needs to explain how Charles is able to stand, how Wolverine got his Adamantium claws back, How Kitty Pryde is able to send Wolverine back to the past, why the elderly Magneto does not wear his helmet?, How did the war break out?, How were they able to recruit mutants and if the war broke out in the 70s, how is it that the events in X-Men, X2 and X-Men 3 take place? It needs to answer millions of questions
  3. It needs to be a long film – The film needs to be 2 and half hours at least to promise the level it has promised to be. We will only find out later
  4.  It needs to have a central focus – Despite the fact that we are all excited to see a lot of characters in this film, Bryan Singer needs to make sure that the film has a central focus on only a few characters
  5.  It needs to be a good film – Above all this film needs to be good and if it isn’t, I don’t have to describe how angry the fans (including myself) will get.

 

So guys, we are all excited and nervous about this movie, what are your predictions? How do you think this film will turn out? Please do like this post and follow this blog if you like it and be sure to catch my first film review in 2 months for Captain America The Winter Soldier