➤ Vanya & Five + parallels
[ID: An 18-piece-gifset of Vanya and Five Hargreeves from the TV-adaptation of the Umbrella Academy. The gifset showcases 9 story beats both siblings hit in their similar character arcs where them being isolated, incredibly powerful, and taken advantage of pushes them to become the most destructive, most reckless, most deadly version of themselves - a version that is both abhorrent and liberating to them. End ID.]
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I think I finally worked out what gives The Umbrella Academy it’s bizarre slightly mad aesthetic. It’s filmed almost entirely in liminal spaces or out-of-context places
Shopping malls at night
A Victorian-style house in an intensely modern neighbourhood
Stopped in the middles of roads
The basement of a gym
A bowling alley
An apocalypse long after it’s been and gone
A vaguely threatening cabin in the woods
Etc etc. Not only this but most of the characters also dress entirely out of context with their surroundings. Klaus I’m looking at you (you rock) but also Five in his schoolboy uniform, The Handler in her outrageous amazing Cruella-De-Vil styles, Luther looking like he lives in some hardy northern mountain range expecting sleet, Grace straight out of the 1950s. And there’s also a monkey. And a mannequin. They look like they’re all about to attend a costume party and wildly misinterpreted the invitation instructions.
This medley of out-of-context-ness and nowhere spaces comes together to create the most awesome bizarre aesthetic and I for one am a huge fan.
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