Monday, August 26, 2013

Under Appreciated Sidekicks

In honor of Midnight, and his previously under-appreciated sidekick-ness, I've compiled a list of some of my favorite under-appreciated sidekicks from movies. Here they are.  WARNING: Spoilers ahead.


1. Boatswain Mate Seaman Jimmy 'Ordy' Ord from Battleship


Not only is he responsible for helping to figure out how sunlight effects the aliens, and therefore how to help get rid of them, he also has some of my favorite lines in the movie. "Because this is my pet lizard, sir, Penelope the Third." He named his lizard after his lizard. You know you're going to do that now. "He's losing his mind all over again!" Who can't relate to dealing with moments of insanity by simply rolling with it? In the end though, it's Hopper who gets the awards and metals, and the girl. 

2. Al Giordino from Sahara 


"I'll find the bomb. You get the girl." There really isn't much that needs to be said after that. Despite his comment, "Always the Al's maid, never the Al.", its as if he knows he's the sidekick, and is comfortable in that role. "No, I got the check. Don't worry about it. I'm serious. I know, I get it all the time. Sit down, I'll get the check." Okay, so maybe resigned is more appropriate then comfortable... Sure Dirk is the one who figures out what's going on, but Al is the one who springs into action and takes care of business. He's the one who makes sure machines are working, that Dirk knows where he needs to be and when. He's the one who finds the cave drawings that show the US Ironclad Texas. And more importantly, he's the one who goes outside to open the cannon port while being shot at and gets yelled at for taking so long. I'd like to see Dirk go outside and pull on a rusted chain while being shot at.

3. Marvin from RED


Marvin, Marvin, Marvin. There's so much to say about Marvin. He's got the energy and enthusiasm of a 12 year old, with the personality of a paranoid conspiracy theorist. "Well, he thought he was the subject of a secret government mind control project. As it turns out, he was really being given daily doses of LSD for 11 years." He does his best to help Frank get out of his current fix. The only time he balks at helping out is when someone needs to talk Ivan. Who can blame him though, since the last time he did, "they put some electrical wires in some not nice places." Sure he says a few...not quite PC things..."Frank, we gotta get rid of this broad. I know a great place up the road. Lots of alligators." But hey, he's always got Frank's back, and even more, um...entertaining, is he keeps his gun in a stuffed pig. A pink stuffed pig.

4. Roland and Wat from A Knight's Tale



Okay, so this one is technically two. But when they're together, they're just too awesome not to include. "We're the sons of peasants. Glory, and riches, and the stars are beyond our grasps. But a full stomach, that dream can come true." They might be a bit hesitant at first, but they stand by Will and help him in the tournaments, putting aside their personal dreams. They even stand by him while he's locked in the stocks. Wat is always the first to jump to his friends aid...even if it's usually by threatening bodily harm. "Alright, I'm about this fonging close mate! I swear to God, Quaisimodo! I ought..." Roland took apart a tent and stitched it up into a banquet tunic. By hand. "I think it'll tunic up quite nicely." No matter what happens, they're always there to act as Will's support system...or dance teacher...or personal tailor...


5. JARVIS from the Iron Man and The Avengers movies

I don't have a picture for this one because I couldn't find one that I liked. Sure JARVIS is a computer, but he's also responsible for making sure Stark's suit is working the way he expects it to. "It would appear that the same thing that is keeping you alive is also killing you, sir." He's designed to be helpful and do whatever Stark asks. More then that though, he's a bit sassy. "May I say how refreshing it is to finally see you on a video with your clothing on, sir." Plus there's the fact that it's Paul Bettany with his proper English accent. How can you go wrong with that? Sassy computer that follows your commands and does it all in a delicious accent. Need I say more?


Agree? Disagree? Who are your favorite under appreciated sidekicks?

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