The 2022 FIFA World Cup kicked off this past Sunday in Qatar. With billions of soccer fans all over the world tuning in, some awesome memes are bound to pop up, including one mocking one of Hollywood’s most ridiculed cinematography preferences.
The so-called “Mexican filter” has been a staple in American movies and television, so it’s no wonder sports fans are familiar with its tired usage on countless occasions, including absolute masterpieces like Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul, where it’s often implemented to set the tone in scenes south of the border. Of course, the oversaturated yellow filter is also common for stories set in the Middle East, and any Arab, Muslim, or Southeast Asian country, for that matter. However, the FIFA group stage match between Mexico and Poland opened the doors to make fun of another common theme.
In this case, noted meme account My uncle’s meme stash (@myunclesmemes) posted an image on Twitter that splits a shot of the opening ceremony at the Mexico-Poland. One-half of the image uses the yellowish “Mexican filter” while the Polish side is depicted with a sombre grayish tone that is so common for practically anything set east of Germany. Suffice it to say, anyone who’s watched a World War 2, Holocaust, or Cold War film can recognize this aesthetic, which is used to add a grim and hopeless vibe in so many cases.
Anyone who has seen Narcos or more glaring offenders like Netflix’s Extraction will recall these oh-so-yellow vibes. Meanwhile, the muted Polish colors will bring memories of even certain parts of Inglourious Basterds, proving not even the likes of Quentin Tarantino are above this practice. Mexico and Poland’s encounter ended with a 0-0 draw, an absolute blasphemy in the eyes of coach Ted Lasso, making for the first scoreless game in Qatar 2022.
Both teams are now tied for second place in a Group C that also saw Lionel Messi’s Argentina get the shock of a lifetime at the hands of Saudi Arabia in a 1-2 loss that already makes this lot one of the most interesting at the World Cup. Despite numerous controversies surrounding host Qatar, this World Cup is expected to draw over 5 billion viewers, and the likes of Ted Lasso, Ryan Reynolds, and Rob McElhenney might have a little something to do with that, as their Welcome to Wrexham docuseries has been a hit in the United States.
Ironically, McElhenney’s beloved USA drew 1-1 with Wales, where the two actors’ Wrexham plays, and Reynolds’ Canada team was unlucky to fall 0-1 despite putting on a magnific performance against Belgium. Luckily, anyone resenting these results can jump onto FIFA 23‘s World Cup mode and try to change their favorite team’s luck.
Source: @myunclesmemes | Twitter