You got this, man!

The reaction of mankind to the apocalypse within a movie can reflect the attitudes of mankind at the time the film was made. War of the Worlds came out at a time when nuclear war was seemingly becoming more and more of a possibility. This film shows the reaction of the characters as being one of defiance; they try as hard as they can to defeat the martians and save civilization as they know it. Now while these ideas were presented in the original serial written a while before the movie, why did the filmmakers find it so important to adapt this story at the time they did? With the Cold War looming, the American people likely were very anxious. They likely had doubts about where the country was headed and how the future would look. What mankind needed at these times of uncertainty was to know that when their way of life was threatened, they could come together to protect their ways of life. This film, I believe, is different in that instead of asking a question about the human condition, it is rather trying to give some hope to the world that the human condition is stronger than any hardships that should try to come against it. It flips the rolls to where instead of answering a question it asks one of the audience about whether or not this kind of spirit was possible in present circumstances. And the audience can be confident in saying yes. With this in mind, what does it say about the present when mankind’s reaction in a film like Wall-E is so radically different?


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