In Your Eyes and Broken Age, Act I: Personal Journeys

In Your Eyes

The Joss Whedon penned supernatural romance.

I’m not big on romantic comedies–they just aren’t generally told in a way that appeals to me at all. So naturally, the parts of the movie that I most disliked were the rom-com bits in the middle. As a matter of preference.

Thematically, though, it was interesting.

For Rebecca, her struggle is between fitting into the world as she’s “supposed to” fit into it and not being afraid of being who she is. That conflict is externalized in the two men in her life–her husband, who goes to absurd lengths to fit her into the mold of who he wants her to be. And Dylan, who accepts her as is, more than she accepts herself. She’s clearly out of place in the life she has with Philip, but comes alive whenever she interacts with Dylan.

Rebecca starts the film as something of a doormat who believes that she needs direction–I can’t bring myself to think of her as an emotionally-developed adult, though she’s on the path towards becoming one. Dylan’s problem is a little easier–he starts off the movie with not a lot going for him. He needs motivation, something to make him care.

The outside world blatantly disapproves and doesn’t understand how Rebecca and Dylan are finding their happiness. And the beauty of it is, this disapproval does absolutely nothing to shake that happiness. Not until other consequences come into play, anyway.

I’m not really fond of the trope where the guy a girl’s already with turns out to have something wrong with him to justify her leaving him for another guy, but I understand that both men were meant to represent different things in her personal journey.

Overall, interesting movie and definitely worth seeing.

In Your Eyes is available for rent on Vimeo.

Broken Age, Act I

Broken Age is a point-and-click game with a huge emphasis on storytelling, and it’s hilarious. It also has the distinction of contributing to the viability of Kickstarter, as one of the most highly-funded crowdfunded projects.

Both story lines follow protagonists who have lived their lives with a sense of complacency, in the moment where they chose to exhibit agency. Their stories are mostly separate, but the plots tie together in a really awesome way I can’t tell you about. It needs to be experienced.

It’s got a comedic flavor to it, despite dealing with some gruesome stuff. The humor is great.

It follows two characters.

1) Shay is on a spaceship, with a computer that insists it’s his mother. His days are repetitive, and the computer concocts fake “mission” for him to go on with no real risk or accomplishment, praising him all the way. He never really gets to achieve or experience anything. As a character, he’s oddly good natured (and voiced by Elijah Wood). His story starts when he decides to break up the monotony.

2) Vella has been selected for the Maiden Feast, as a representative of her village’s best qualities. This is a great honor for her and her family. She’s always known, like everyone in her village has always known, that participation in the Maiden Feast is essential for the village’s wellbeing. Still, as the big moment approaches, Vella can’t help but start doubting how much of an honor it really is. And how necessary it really is. Her story starts when she refuses to accept her fate.

The storytelling is so much fun, even though the normal point-and-click weird logic is present. I was completely not expecting the story to turn out the way it did. Absolutely fantastic story, and I can’t wait for Act 2.

Broken Age is available on Steam for Windows, Mac, and Linux.

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