I didn't think I was going to write any more on Xanadu, but after going through some of the "Ho!" stuff yesterday and pulling up that Xanadu finale song, I've decided to embrace the weirdness a bit longer for a post or two (I mean, its not like the other things I've written on and connected to in this story aren't just as weird). That Xanadu theme song was just humming through my head this morning when I woke up.
There is a fascinating scene in the movie where Kira is convincing Sonny that she is, in fact, a Muse. Sonny doesn't believe her, so she pulls a few tricks. When I first saw it, I laughed because it was personally relatable with my own experiences, though it was obviously Hollywood-ized to be much more blatant and obvious.
She first has Sonny look up the definition of the word "muse" in the dictionary. He reads it, and then notices that at the end of the definition there is the sentence "And do you believe me now, Sonny?"
Mystified, Sonny is then led over the TV where he is instructed to watch it by Kira. There is an old black-and-white scene with two men, one who is a bad guy named Vargas. The good guy in the scene ultimately starts talking directly to Sonny (or 'breaks the 4th Wall', in phrase I used the other day not thinking about this at the time) and asks him for his advice on what to do. Sonny is further shocked at this, and exclaims what I titled this post as "How can you be talking to me? You're a movie!".
A woman named Brenda is mentioned by the bad guy, and sure enough later in the scene Sonny is watching "Brenda" appears along with the good guy in his confrontation with Vargas. Brenda is revealed to be Ki, and she is both standing with Sonny while also in the movie.
The good guy says that it looks like Sonny needs a drink, to which Kira replies that she will take care of it. Before getting back into character, the good guy in the scene wishes Sonny good luck with the upcoming opening of his joint (Xanadu) and wishes he could be there.
That is my play by play or some highlights (there is actually an additional statement made by Vargas relative to Brenda that I think is also relevant).
Here is the entire scene (it is pretty short - just under 2 minutes and worth the watch if you want to get a better idea of what I just described above).
And I actually typed something up on Sonny and Kira/Brenda involving names, and then was going to go into some other interesting themes from this scene, but then I just hit delete because I just didn't really want to, for whatever reason. If you have been paying attention over the last 160 posts or so, you probably will see many of the things that I see. If not, I don't think a few more paragraphs are going to change that, and it probably isn't something you need to stress or be concerned about anyway.
So, this is what I am going to leave it at, and I will just log that this was a very interesting and relevant scene for actually quite a lot of what I have written here on this blog, surprisingly.
I will note, though, that this scene and another scene later made me go back and revisit both my assumptions and words relating to a 'drink' that I had said would be delivered with a Stone. After some more thinking, I think the drink happens in Tirion. Meaning, the Stone(s) are delivered, but the drink happens later and not in this world. I had thought that the drink would be necessary for Faramir to both understand the communication as well as to travel, but I don't think this is the case at this point.
So, I am updating the story to have the drink happen in Xanadu... I mean, Tirion.