From Dystopia To Utopia… Or Theaters 9 to 19

It was a double header to remember, we grabbed the refillable popcorn and soda and settled in for Mad Max for a reality check in destroying resources and turning our sustainable world into a dangerous dystopia where the cruelty of men is evident in their drive to survive. The shots were beautiful and the composition helped tell the story in a very evocative way. Starting with close shots and then cutting to a wider frame told the story more than the dialogue for some parts. What really caught my attention is where they used Max as a car hood ornament and were stealing his blood via pipeline in pursuit of a war vehicle.

With a five minute break between show times we hurried across the cinema to see Tomorrowland, another story of depleting our resources here on earth. This film takes the converse approach and creates a riff in the time space continuum to create a utopian city to provide refuge for humans. Created by the most intelligent and artistic men and women, the inventions were stellar and you could see the way using a pin or a space ship inside the Eiffel Tower- whichever you prefer. This film had a great look back at the World’s Fair in the 60s and glided through time with such ease that I for one left the theater excited and inspired for the future that I will be a part of creating.

I think movies based around the basic concept of change and depletion of resources are important especially for today’s generation because they aren’t thinking about these things inside their technological bubbles. We still have yet to learn how to control technology instead of letting it control us and our lives. It is so important to teach the younger generation about living with nature and how to allow nature to thrive while embracing positive change not just for the earth but for mankind. Challenging the way we think and act as a community of men (and women) is the ultimate goal of any filmmaker in my opinion. You want to get butts in seats so that you can morph their thinking by the time those same butts get out of the seats.

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