During this record-breaking, polar vortex cold, I sat down in front of a blazing fire to watch Incredibles 2 with my sister. The movie continued off from the end of the first movie and managed to keep everything similar, besides the facial features of Violet’s crush, Tony. This could be because Tony first looked like a creep or due to a different animator’s work, but either way, it was a noticeable difference. The Incredibles franchise takes place in a world where a few people have superpowers, like Frozone, but federal governments have banned the use of them after Mr. Incredible saved a man from committing suicide. In this movie, Elastigirl, who is also Bob (Mr. Incredible’s) wife, is given an Elasticycle and opportunity to work with a passionate billionaire to advocate for superheroes everywhere.
This opportunity first leads Elastigirl from saving a Hovertrain furiously speeding backwards in New Urbem. As it turns out, the operator of the train had been manipulated by the Screenslaver, the main villain of this movie. Incredibles 2 did not disappoint and kept my family and I laughing throughout the entirety of the movie. The Latin connection to all of this, of course, is New Urbem. The Latin word for city is urbs, urbis and when declined, urbem is city in the accusative case. I’ve got absolutely no idea as to why the storyline creators chose to name the city Urbem but as we have all seen before, using a Latin word for a name makes the place seem more sophisticated and futuristic.
One of the most common stereotypes that constantly shows up throughout movies, books, and other forms of medium is the dumb jock. The dumb jock is typically both attractive and athletic but never smart. One example is Aaron Samuels from Mean Girls; Cady Heron, the main character and new girl, pretends to be bad at math, so her crush can spend time with her to help her. However, Cady notes that while helping her, Aaron consistently messes up, so she has to drop hints for him to get to the right answer. We have all seen this type of character, whether it be in a book, movie, or in other popular culture references.
However, what most people don’t know is that the dumb jock stereotype originates from Heracles. Heracles, although abnormally strong, hated sitting and learning. Because of his irrational temper, this led to young Hercules striking, and killing, his music teacher, Linus, with a lyre. After this incident, Hercules focused on using his physical strength to develop mental strength. However, by our standards today, Hercules, in no way, was a smart man.
Mean Girls is a movie that released in 2004, but it is still well-known by teenagers today. In fact, most teenage girls, including me, have lines from the movie memorized. However, what most people, who’ve watched this movie, don’t realize is that there are a lot of hidden references. The most obvious one, and my personal favorite, is that the queen bee is named Regina George. Regina is a first declension, feminine noun in Latin; its definition is ‘queen’. Coincidence? I think not. Also, there is a scene (one of my all time favorites in the movie) where Regina George’s sidekick, Gretchen Wieners, has a mental outburst, and compares herself and Regina to Brutus and Caesar (Caesar being Regina and Brutus being Gretchen). Julius Caesar was assassinated by many Ancient Roman senators, but it was Brutus who helped lure Caesar to his death. Brutus, at first, didn’t want to help the senators and join the conspiracy, but eventually broke down and gave in to them. In the scene, Gretchen questions why she can’t be as popular or influential as Regina because they’re exactly the same. The only exception is that Gretchen lacks the confidence Regina has. This can easily be related into Ancient Roman politics; the more persuasive and confident you were, the more power you had.