Candy Coated Pain: Venellope Von Schweetz

I love sports movies. I love the ones about scrappy underdogs. I love the ones about fallen champions. I love the ones about team-building and the ones about falling in love and the ones about reconnecting with family. I love the ones about winning and I love the ones about losing. I love the ones about teams and I love the ones about individuals. I love the ones about athletes and I love the ones about coaches or managers or moms. I love the ones about world champions and I love the ones about small town heroes. I love sports movies. And I can be counted on to cry at the resolution, win or lose or something in between.

A quote from Marianne Williamson recurs in the film Akeelah and the Bee (a sports movie in my estimation):

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.

A sports movie, at its core, is about that fear and what it takes to overcome it. A sports movie, at its core, is about people who dare — not to be something they aren’t, but to be something they are.

Wreck It Ralph is a sports movie. There is a journey to win a medal, there is a race, there is a straight up training montage. But like all sports movies, it isn’t really about that. It’s about three people who dare to be powerful beyond measure. Of the three, Venellope is my favourite.

Venellope

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Ready-to-Wear Superhero: Gwen Stacy (Back-to-School Series)

I saved my favourite for last.

Gwen Stacy and Peter Parker at school, talking. Still from The Amazing Spider-Man.

It’s no secret that I love Spider-Man. But ever since I saw this summer’s The Amazing Spider-Man I have been obsessed with Gwen Stacy’s shoes. I need to own them. Screen accuracy would be ideal, but a) I still haven’t discovered what boots those actually are and b) the costume pieces purchased for the film were available during filming — fashion moves on. But even a like version has proven difficult to find, especially for under $300. The fact that it was Summer (in New England) probably has something to do with that, boots are just now appearing in stores again, so my quest is far from over. I will have Gwen Stacy Shoes.

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