“Just tell me why you keep trying to run away.” Éomer asked. “Don’t you trust me?”
“It’s not that.” Tamina huffed. “How many times do I have to tell you? My safety shouldn’t be a burden to your people.”
“Then explain it better. I don’t see how a few mercenaries…”
“Those mercenaries are just the beginning.” Tamina explained to him. “Once they realize it’s not enough to capture me, they’ll send more people. What I have with me it’s… It has no price. People would do horrible things to get it.”
Éomer pressed his lips together. “I won’t ask what it is, but I want to know if it’s dangerous to my people.”
“No.” She told him immediately. “The way it is now, it’s harmless. But if it gets in the wrong hands, if people get it and take it back to my home…” She sighed. “The damage would be unfathomable.”
He took a deep breath in. “I’ve made a vow to protect you, and I don’t intend to go back on it.”
“I’ll get you out of Rohan myself. Just tell me where to take you.”
Tamina couldn’t believe her ears. “Are you saying… Will you take me?”
Éomer pushed Tamina’s face against his neck. “Don’t talk.”
For the first time since they’d met, she did exactly as he’d told.
She’d escaped -again- and he’d managed to track her down to this tavern, but they had a little problem. Apparently there were mercenaries also looking for the princess and they were there.
Éomer sat down on a corner table and pulled the princess to his lap. Fortunately she was already wearing peasant’s clothes, however her dark hair called too much attention in the Mark.
So he had the princess on his lap, his arm around her waist and an eye on the three men who clearly didn’t belong in that tavern.
He could also feel her breath on his neck, but he was trying not to notice it too much.
“I saw three of them.” He told her softly. “Do you know if there’s more?”
“There are two more outside.” She told him equally softly.
Éomer took another -discrete -look around. He could probably take those men with Éothain’s help -his friend was waiting outside with four other men -however, it’d bring too much attention. People would know the princess had been there. He wanted to take her quietly back to Edoras, if possible.
He was going to strangle her once this was over.
There was music playing in the back and loud voices singing along. Éomer could see most people were already quite drunk and it was getting rowdy in there. Hopefully that would make those men believe the princess couldn’t be there and leave.
One of them -clearly the leader -was looking around, checking the women carefully. Éomer saw the moment his eyes fell on Tamina.
It was definitely because of her dark hair.
He observed her for a while, then elbowed the man beside him.
“Fuck.” Éomer growled.
“Wht?” She whispered urgently.
“I think they suspect you.”
“Do something!” She hissed.
Éomer huffed. “I will, don’t worry. But don’t get angry.”
When he saw them taking a step in their direction, Éomer did the only thing he could think off; he put his hand under her dress -just on her thigh, though -and pulled her in for a hell of a kiss.
“Princess.” Éomer bowed his head to her, because he did learn how to treat a lady. “Feeling better?”
If looks could kill, he’d be dead three times over. “You mean in my cage?”
“You’re not a prisoner.” He indicated.
“Then let me go!” It wasn’t the first time they’d had this exact same argument.
Éomer sighed, suddenly. “I can’t. It’s not safe.”
“It’s not safe for you if I stay.”
That stung at his pride as a warrior. “We can protect you.”
“My safety isn’t your responsibility.” Her eyes were softer, and -for the first time since she got there -Éomer believed the feelings behind her next words. “And it shouldn’t be a burden to your people.”
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[ ♫ + Tamina! ]
Fires At Midnight - Blackmore’s Night: I stood out here once before / With my head held in my hands / For all that I had known of this place / I could never understand // On the hills the fires burned at midnight / Superstition plagued the air / Sparks fly as the fires burn at midnight / The stars are out and magic is here
What kind of world will there be
When I wake up from this dream?
I hear you call so far away
Just keep me close when I'm afraid
And don't you give up on me
As I dive into the dark
Slip into the endless sea
Don't you give up on me
Are you swimming in the stars?
Breathing in eternity
Don't you give up on me
Send me a name and I’ll give you a headcanon
» still accepting | @phantomdream sent:
I was trying to send a meme and instead tumblr made me unfollow you! So rude. Anyway, gimme some Zeke headcanons! And maybe one for Zeke and Tamina, if it isn't too early for that!
Very rude! You tell Tumblr that I love you and to stop that tomfoolery right this instance! D:|
Ahem. While I wouldn’t have considered this a headcanon before, I’ve seen some debate over whether Zeke legitimately has claustrophobia or not, so for the record, let me say that mine a hundred percent does, and it is acute. Capable of being triggered by the standard tight spaces or merely by being in a pitch-black room. And it can, under just the right circumstances, result in a panic attack.
Maybe it’s cliché, but I’ve seen a few movies/interviews where Gemma Arterton is just giggling her (gorgeous) little head off, and I think he’d find the sound wholly endearing. Princess Tamina may be an earnest and refined character, but I could see him sneaking the occasional joke in to try and get her to laugh once they’ve gotten to know each other a little better.
Everything you write is gold. Gold in the form of words - you're just so incredible at everyone you put together. The passion you put in your characters and the way that you can just portray everything is incredible and I consider you an inspo. I'm so glad we write together cause i love you and i will pull biggs out of hiatus 484830r84 times if it means writing with you ❤️
I can’t believe you came into my house and incapacitated me with such niceness. Honestly, though Han, I’m so glad we write together, on Heidegger and Biggs - and idk much of anything about Dark Souls but I followed you on that blog anyway - and have just made it all work out so fun and interesting. I just think you’re so great to write with and talk to and be friends with, even if you curse the dash with just the most awful and hilarious sin. And yes, what you did is a sin, Han. (I love you for it, I laugh so hard with your Palmer bs, even if I feel like I have to bleach my eyes afterwards.) But for realsies, I adore the fuck outta you so much.
The muse I’ve interacted with the most on this blog is Princess Tamina, a lady who radiates elegance and strength, which is one of the many things that I loved about her character from the movie and also just happens to be illustrated beautifully in your writing for her. You put a lot of thought and love into each and every one of your muses!
And gosh, bless you for giving Tamina a chance to thrive in an otherwise dead fandom! I also almost wrote Garsiv, but lmao that would probably somehow get even less traction. But I love our thread together and the bits of plot we have figured out, and I’m so glad my Tamina is a good writing match for you and Zeke ;; You have such lovely writing and an incredible grasp on your muse, and I can’t wait to write more with you. You’re amazing, okay <3
You have to ask? Giiirl we've been RPing for /years/ and I've always adored your portrayals. From the AC fandom (lots of fond memories of Cal), to Remedy games (that Alice tho), to Final Fantasy (your Luna is still amazing) and all the many muses and fandoms you portray on your multimuse, I'm always impressed and thrilled to continue RPing with you. Not to mention your fab writing. <3
Can you even believe it’s been almost four years now? Little hiatuses in-between, but Cal and Alice and Luna - and now Jessie and Beth and Jack - are all able to get some really amazing play with help from you! I love Jez and Temperance, and I look forward to writing more with you. Maybe we can nudge Cal out of hibernation sometime, too <.< I miss writing that guy, he was really such an incredible muse, and so easy to bounce him off of you. You’re so amazing to write with and talk with and ily <3
So! Another movie adaptation review. This time, I’m doing (*insert drumroll here*)...
PRINCE OF PERSIA: THE SANDS OF TIME!
(This movie was recently added to Disney+ btw. Guess they finally remembered that it existed...I opted to not pay like Speed Racer though. Yo ho yo ho, a pirate’s life for me...)
It’s based on the Prince of Persia series (the Sands of Time Trilogy, not the two originals or the 2008 remake). So Disney got the rights to make this movie way back in...
2004? The movie came out six years later!
Anyway, they got the rights at that point. The producer apparantly worked on Pirates of the Carribean, so they decided to try and make a PotC esque franchise by taking cool elements from the source and making a good movie from it (though this time it was a game instead of a theme park ride). They also changed some stuff for the release date in hopes of launching a such a franchise afterwards.
So did they succeed?
Haven’t seen development for a second movie...so...I guess not. Come to think of it, outside of a likely mediocre VR game, there’s been nothing new for Prinxe of Persia in Ren years since the release of this movie and forgotten sands...
But I’m not here to discuss the issues of loosing what could have possibly-maybe-not really been another great franchise like Pirates’. I’m here to discuss whether or not it’s actually a terrible movie as many say it is.
This time, I’m going to try to break it down to pieces for the purposes of being comprehensible and sounding like I know what the fuck I’m talking about rather than just giving a likely subjective opinion...
ANYWAY LET’S GET TO IT!
1. THE STORY (spoilers ahead)
If you went to this movie believeing it would try to exactly copy the story of the first game, then I’ve absolutely no idea what to tell you. So I guess I’ll make a list of similarities and differences about such things
Persian Prince attacks city, gets Dagger, saves princess, runs from bad guys, fights bad guy, gets sent back in time to the start of the game (or movie in this case) and prevents the villain’s plan from ever really getting off the ground to begin with.
Said Prince is good at parkour and swordfighting.
Unfortunately, Princess doesn’t do much outside of being eye candy, occasionally share exposition, and take the Dagger from the Prince at one point (could they seriously not make her, like, be at least able to fight well? C’mon Disney, if you wanted to make this movie discount pirates, at least make the female lead more like Elizabeth and less like Sleeping Beauty!)
The King dies and then un-dies when the timeline gets reset or whatever
And now Differences! First, I will say that I understand some of these had to be made to adjust to the new medium (video games and movies aren’t experienced the same way, after all), but I’m still going to list them
The Prince has a name: Dastan.
He has two brothers, Tus and Garsiv
His uncle is the revealed villain instead of some random no-name Vizer
The movie is mostly in the desert city of Alamut and some nearby desert-y areas of Persia while the game takes place in India
The Princess’s name is Tamina instead of Farah
A lot of the side peoples like the Hassansins, Seso, and Sheik Amar were added to the movie
The Prince doesn’t release the Sands of Time in the start of the story. Instead it only happens in the Third Act
So, I’d say overall there was an alright job at changing the story to fit a movie setting more. You can’t really have a character that has much more human interactions as opposed to just parkour and fighting sand monsters not have some sort of name. The side characters help to establish decent side parts to the story.
Overall, I think the story is...okay. It’s not amazing, but I think it gets the job done in a reasonable fashion.
2. THE CHARACTERS
Now for the other important part. Before I get into the performance, I will say I’m disappointed in yet another instance of whitewashing in Hollywood. I would’ve definitely liked it if they could’ve avoided this issue, but for now I’ll tick off points for that and discuss the performances.
Jake Gyllenhaal does a pretty great job as Dastan. He’s a dashing rogue with some good lines and generally sells his performance pretty well despite the mediocre plot and story.
Ben Kingsley does a good job as the traitor uncle Nizam. While he’s not always as threatening as, say, the Hassansins, he does certainly have his moments in the film and his motivations are hinted at early in and make sense.
Richard Coyle’s Tus (left) and Toby Kebbell’s Garsiv (right) are mediocre. They’re not as interesting as Dastan or some other characters I’ll mention later, but I will say Tus as a character seemed a lot better and more fleshed out for the most part than Garsiv.
Tamina. Already said she’s a missed opportunity for a badass female lead. However, Gemma Arterton makes most of her interactions with Dastan pretty believable and I’ll admit that her attempts at trying to get the Dagger of Time back from The Prince are pretty neat and she almost succeeds two out of four times (actually nearly killed him in one of them, but he gets saved by:
Yeah, I know it’s a dead meme, but you get the idea.
And lastly, one of my personal favorite performances in the movie, Alfred Molina as Sheik Amar and Steve Toussaint as Seso. They’re not in the movie very long, but I have to say that they’re both my favorites in their own way. Molina’s Amar is quite funny and bizarre and makes for an entertaining supporting character, and despite the unfortunately limited speaking and screen time for Seso, his skill and general badassary are portrayed well.
I’d say most of the characters were good despite the many missed opportunities for the characters and the whitewashing issue. So! I’ll wrap up with a discussion on the effects and action (but not music. The soundtrack was pretty generic imo.)
3. THE ACTION AND EFFECTS
This is definitely the highlight of the film. The action, from the free running to the fights, is all done very well. One of my low key favorite scenes is just before the invasion of Alamut, where Dastan climbs the outer wall. Also, the effects when he rewinds time with the Dagger are amazing. (links aren’t working for me right now so you’ll have to find them yourself.)
Honestly, there’s a lot wrong with this movie between the whitewashing, the not-always-great characters and interactions, and the mediocre plot and soundtrack among other things. However, when this movie does something well, it does it pretty damn well. I think it’s a shame that this movie wasn’t completely able to break the “video game movie” mold, but for what it is, a swashbuckling action adventure movie, it’s good.
Honestly, if I had a decent mike, I could probably make a small YouTube series outta this instead of making a Tumblr essay...
Could you imagine Carmella becoming a 3x Miss Money In The Bank?! That would be an interesting prospect and something I wouldn’t be mad at... There is a history that has yet to be tapped into fully with Sasha, Bayley, & Carmella that I’d like to use in order to create a storyline that’s exciting for everyone so lets begin! Bayley & Tamina would have a rematch from Money In The Bank on SmackDown. In the middle of this match Carmella would attempt to cash-in on Bayley but is stopped by Sasha Banks before the cash-in could be made official. Lacey Evans randomly gets a SmackDown Women’s Championship match at Backlash and Carmella attempts to cash in again but gets stopped by Sasha for a second time! Both cash-in attempts are stopped by Sasha as a strategic way to coarse Carmella into a match at Extreme Rules... A match where the Money In The Bank briefcase is put on the line! Carmella accepts and for the first time ever (correct me if I’m wrong) The Boss & The Princess of Staten Island have a 1 on 1 match!
During the match, Bayley attempts to interfere but gets hit with a super kick from Carmella. Because of this, Sasha Banks is able to lock in the Bank Statment and win the Money In The Bank contract! Bayley, who is still dazed by the superkick, is being helped up by Sasha but that’s only for show! The moment Bayley is on her feet, Sasha hits her with the briefcase and cashes in becoming the NEW SmackDown Women’s Champion! This sets up Sasha vs Bayley for SummerSlam and makes Sasha Banks the 1st Women to cash in the MITB contract without actually participating in the ladder match! This is where I’ll stop because my instinct wants me to have Carmella help Bayley win the title back at SummerSlam and I know nobody wants to read that so we’re going to pretend that was never said... Would you want to see Carmella become a 3x Miss Money In The Bank?!