1. IMPERATOR FURIOSA
Ever since Mad Max: Fury Road made its debut onscreen, the world has gone pretty wild for this redefined action movie. And one of its characters, Furiosa, may have shaped her own way of what power is. Being Immortan Joe’s protector and basically the Five Wives’ she became not just their physical protector but helped the Five Wives in what to do with their lives, making them realize that they have their own lives and not just owing it all to Immortan Joe, being their wife and all. Furiosa used her courageousness and past experiences to not just witness whatever wrong is happening in front of her, but to actually put a stop to them, and be of greater help.
2. TONY STARK (IRONMAN)
The whole “superhero” thing was really accidental, it was made for survival, a quest for survival that was caused by the desire to fool around and gamble. And our Anthony here redefined the power he has known for something that other people can benefit too, not just himself. He made us realize, that some playboy, billionaire, philanthropist can be a superhero and annoying the Captain with my witty arrogance, and saving lives too. His life isn’t a complete change of heart but of an undergoing development.
3. SUPREME LEADER ADMIRAL GENERAL ALADEEN
Despotic. Autocratic. A dictator. That is Supreme Leader General Aladeen. He uses his political will for the sole purpose, of well, for his sole purpose. This movie is a satirical film about of how we believe what freedom and politics are. We usually perceive dictatorship as a bad thing, but like how General Aladeen portrayed it and redefined it, he is just protecting the wealth of his nation, that’s what the fuss is all about. And let’s somehow ignore his appreciation for nuclear weapons and his different delight for the rape center.
4. KATNISS EVERDEEN
Katniss is the revolutionary heroine we all needed. Her character made the dystopian female characters a huge scene in the fictional world, attracting more writers to empower people with their own femininity. Without the extraordinary gifts and political supremacy, Katniss is powerful because she knows and believes that she is. And with all power is all about, she defined it as simply as she isn’t aware that she is already powerful and influencing, because she is just simply herself.
5. HENERAL LUNA
The breakthrough movie of the year focuses on a historical character that wasn’t very much a breakthrough in our history books, until now. Heneral Luna used his angsty wit to win battles and to fight for our country, even though sometimes unexplainably too philosophical to fight against, we all just know deep inside that it is for the sole purpose of our Inang Bayan.
These are all based on my understandings of these characters and the power/influence they have made in the film, and with the audience. We may have different perspectives, but we can all agree that these people are all powerful, in their own magnificent ways.
- Therese Goudin