Top 10 Iconic Movie Characters Relay

May 10, 2014
I've been passed by the baton by Sofia to participate in My Filmviews 10 Iconic Movie Characters; a relay race where a blogger removes a previous character chosen as an iconic character to be replaced by their own choice.

Here are the rules:
  • A list of 10 iconic movie characters has been made. 
  • That list will be assigned to another blogger who can then change it by removing one character (describing why they think it should not be on the list) and replace it with another one (also with motivation) and hand over the baton to another blogger. 
  • Once assigned, that blogger will have to put his/her post up within a week. If this is not the case the blogger who assigned it has to reassign it to another blogger. 

Previous bloggers: My Filmviews, Keith and the Movies, FlixChatter, A Fistful of Films, The Movie Scrutineer, Cinematic Corner, And So It Begins, The Cinematic Spectacle, Rambling Film, Reel Talk, Defiant Success, Being Norma Jeane, Lime Reviews and Strawberry Confessions, Film Flare

Current Characters:
Rocky Balboa and Indiana Jones

Darth Vader and Ellen Ripley

Mary Poppins and Holly Go Lightly

Buzz Lightyear and E.T.

Mrs. Robinson and James Bond

Removing: Mary Poppins
When I began to think of this magical nanny known as Mary Poppins, I thought about the impact that she has made and that is going to make. To predict how her image resonates with film fans, I felt that many - especially younger movie goers - struggle to identify with her. In my own life, as a movie goer, I'm familiar with her by being a fan of Dick Van Dyke and found it hard to place her as a memorable Disney character. Besides Jack Sparrow or the Disney princesses (and going to the Disney theme parks regularly), I'm also seeing that younger generation are growing up with more and more animated features. The older live action Disney films are not entirely forgettable as time goes on but not as memorable as they once were. By far, I believe Mary is an iconic character  but perhaps not in the top ten spots.

Adding: Scarlett O'Hara from Gone With the Wind
Similar to Sofia's pick at Film Flare, a character and performance that has grown to epitomize both an actress and a time period in film is Scarlett O'Hara in Gone with the Wind. Hundreds of actresses tried out for this part, but it managed to rightfully fall into the hands of the young British actress Vivien Leigh. Almost a hundred years the movie itself is an iconic example of the exemplary year of 1939 in film, but adored attention is still paid to the character for her fashion, romance to Rhett Butler, and vivacious personality which ranges of everything from manipulative, flirtatious, smart, and definitely spoiled. It's hard for me to think of film history and iconic characters, and not have O'Hara pop into my head as one of the first picks.

I'm passing the relay to Big Screen Small Words

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