Appealing to masculinity

If you missed it, I said in an earlier blog Snowpiercer was my favorite, awkward, it’s a tie with Mad Max, Fury Road. Too much testosterone and energy in both movies to decide. But put on display in different ways. Snowpiercer took a much more hush and reserved path, yet seemed more gruesome, i.e. the partially slow-motion axe fight scene. But this scene, despite its brutality, seems laid back compared to the ridiculous car chase scenes in Mad Max. Yes, I’m talking about the bouncing, flaming, guitar player. The mayhem in both movies show that in a post-apocalyptic future, everything is at stake and it doesn’t matter how many lives get taken so long as order is restored. Snowpiercer appealed to my emotional side more simply because it seemed everyone close to Curtis dies, his best friend, his mentor, and many of the people he lived with in the slums of the train. Mad Max not only grabs my attention but also relates to the side of me that loves cars and is captivated by anything with a huge motor and makes a ton of noise. This makes me think that my fascination with the future is the excitement that occurs because of the necessity for survival. But I’ve learned of the unlikelihood of these events through understanding that the excitement appeals to people and therefore makes money. But these writers aren’t so shallow that they don’t have an underlying message. The natural inclination to continue living strengthens groups who work in the same direction, but pushes people to their limits not only physically, but on an emotional level. Mad Max offers the physical limits, and although Snowpiercer does as well, the emotional strain gives the audience a clearer perspective of the complexity of death.

Could an argument be made that these directors and writers simply thought of these two futures JUST to make money and gain recognition? Or are these ideas a true offering of their perspectives and views? Which of the other movies could be questioned in the same manner?


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