Why The Movie "After Earth" is vital
Why The Movie "After Earth" is vital
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I was born in 1976 and out of the doors of "Blaxploitation" movies, there have been no African American action or fantasy stars. My favorite movies included "Tron," "Superman," "The Last Star Fighter," and "Dune." The heroes in those movies had superpowers, superintelligence, and had to dig deep to beat extra-ordinarily difficult situations, often at great personal cost. it's worth noting here that the celebs of those movies were all Caucasian males, and none of them seemed to like me. Hell, in most of the films with a futuristic theme there wasn't even a Black cast as an extra! As if, as Richard Pryor so eloquently put it, White race wasn't expecting us to be within the future.
It is no secret that a lot of action, fantasy, and fantasy movies contain ancient magical and mythological elements incorporated into the material of their stories; to ascertain titans, gods, goddesses, and fairies as characters in modern-day cinema may be a fairly commonplace occurrence - with one caveat, these characters almost never appear in movies written or directed by Blacks, or with an all-Black cast.
When it involves Black cinema we've few choices for our movie-going pleasure. we've comedies, action comedies, the all-important "Jesus Will Fix It" film and "Hot Ghetto Mess Drama," (usually not the great kind), and last but not least is that the "Catharsis Drama" - movies about profound suffering and abuse and the way the characters were ready to somehow keep it up after being both victimized and traumatized. Few Black writers explore the realm of fantasy, fantasy, or create movies with a magical or mythological theme.
To add levels of depth and subtle complexity to their stories, adept writers and directors are ready to use the archetypical and symbolic elements of the heroes and heroines of ancient mythological stories and folk and fairy tales. repeatedly these elements are used so skillfully on be hardly recognized by the bulk of the movie-going public, but to the trained eye, these elements are obvious.
It takes the study of classical literature, world mythology, and symbology so as to use the above-mentioned story elements with any level of effectiveness. Study that a lot of burgeoning African American filmmakers seem only too willing to ignore in their movie-making process, as these elements are often sorely lacking within the plots and storylines of the bulk of Black cinema.
The "After Earth" screenplay was written by Gary Whitta and M. Night Shyamalan, with the story by Will Smith, tells the sort of story that Black entertainment hasn't seen the likes of during a very, very while.
Some critics dislike this movie because they know what Mr. Smith is trying to accomplish with this sort of movie and that they do not like it. While Smith's traditional audience could also be slow to co-sign this movie for 2 reasons, one is that they aren't won't to seeing African Americans play these sorts of roles, (although they're going to pay top dollar to observe Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt and Keanu Reaves play these roles over and once again,) and two, they do not really understand the themes portrayed during this movie thanks to the very fact that as a culture, we were stripped of our initiatory practices and our stories, and as a result, we are wont to seeing these sorts of roles played by White or Asian actors and actresses.
By and enormous, the legends, folklore, and traditions of Africans and other indigenous cultures are demonized through religion and Western culture, then it seems we shun the magical and fantastical images of ourselves as sorcerers, demigods, and heroes.
Why "After Earth" is Worth Watching
Below I will be able to outline various elements of the movie "After Earth" that make this movie worth seeing over and once again. Fathers, if you've got been trying to find a movie to require your sons thereto will assist you to start a profound conversation about rites of passage and growing into a person, you'll be wanting to see this out.
!!!SPOILER ALERT!!! - We are getting to be discussing the story and plotline from this movie and by doing so parts of the particular story are getting to be revealed. If you do not want to spoil the movie before you've seen it, STOP NOW, then come after you've seen it to participate during this analysis.
Let's begin by taking a glance at the theme of initiation that runs throughout "After Earth".
Initiation was important in indigenous tribes because it had been a system by which the young boys and girls of a given culture or tribe were guided through so as to teach, prepare and move them through the phase of childhood into adulthood and every one the attendant rites and responsibilities which adulthood entailed.
Initiation always begins with education and training, and within the movie, we start with the most character training together with his academy class. Readers will note that cadets within the military undergo a process of initiation designed to strip them of their life as a civilian to remold them as a soldier, and make no mistake, this technique of initiation was taken from the traditional indigenous cultures of Africa and passed down through other cultures and societies throughout the planet.
Training involves physical and mental exercise and tests designed to offer initiates/cadets control over their bodies, their emotions, and their minds.
It is now within the movie that we discover that young Kitai while exhibiting impressive physical abilities is lacking in emotional and mental control, issues which he is going to be forced to affect afterward within the movie.
Below is an overview of initiatory steps as experienced by the ancients and portrayed in "After Earth"
Trek Through Nature in Solitude With a Mission to finish
Initiate Versus Nature, Beasts, and Self (FEAR)
The initiate must face and overcome several trials so as to succeed in their goal (manhood)
Endurance (Breathing linked to inhalers)
The initiate must protect and ration the limited amount of supplies, ie; food, water, medical
Handling confrontation with potential danger.
It is worth noting here that Kitai failed his first encounter with danger (the monkeys) spectacularly! His father told him to require control of his Power and watch what he creates. Kitai couldn't control his fear and anxiety and thus created a scenario where his life was in peril and forcing him to escape from the confrontation he created out of fear. In initiation, this is often to be expected. The initiate must fail so as to know what may result from recklessness and unchecked fear.
This same scenario played itself call at the film star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back when Luke was sent into the "Cave of Darkness" by Yoda. Luke took FEAR into the cave with him and was confronted by it within the sort of his Father, Darth Vader - though this Vader was purely a creation of Luke's fearful thoughts.
More Steps on the trail
Facing medical emergency - poisoning by river leach and self-administration of anti-venom.
Surviving the weather - finding thermal heat vents and shelter to stay warm during cold spells.
Defying Authority or "The System" so as to try to what's right.
Leap of religion - Jumping off a cliff within the hopes that his brash act will carry him to his goal.
Surviving a predator - The Raptor or Hawk representing Heru*
Assisting Mother Nature to defend her children - fighting for the lives of the baby hawks against the attacks of the feline predators.
Divine Aid - Initiate is pushed to his physical limits and thus transcends and is in a position to form contact with the imaginary place where he's ready to reconcile together with his dead sister and is given the help and therefore the protection of his spirit totem, the hawk.
Initiate reaches physical goal but must still go higher so as to reconnect spiritually together with his Father - Kitai finds the beacon however it doesn't send the signal. Out of anger and frustration, he hears the spiritual voice of his father telling him to require a knee, (lower his physical nature in order that he may hear his higher "spirit" nature) - his father then tells him that he must go higher, to the highest of a close-by mountain in order that he can send their beacon signal (plea for assistance) into the heavens.
The initiate must face and overcome his fear here symbolized by the "Ursa" monster. Note here that "Ursa" is another name for a Bear which in some native tribes had to be faced and overcome by the young teens of the tribe so as for them to become men.
The initiate has got to enter the Cave of Darkness/Fear. it's here that the monster reveals itself to the initiate and must be fought to the death.
Initiate is hurled into the abyss and must experience death. This death isn't a physical one usually, but represents the death of the childish nature of the boy and therefore the birth of the person. Fear, doubt, and disbelief dies here, and therefore the man, the warrior is in a position to change state. Initiate is put in mortal danger so as to force a change of mind and heart.
Upon reaching the mountaintop, the initiate is in a position to completely conquer himself and as a result, his own fear and is thus ready to destroy the monster and send a beacon into the heavens to receive rescue and a return to his heavenly home.
By completing his task, the initiate during a position|is ready"> is in a position to return home and redeem (save) his Father who was symbolically dead and within the underworld or in a deep soul sleep from which only the son's sacrifice could save him. **
The makers of "After Earth" also make use of archetypes to assist them to tell their stories. consistent with the Concise Encyclopedia an "archetype" is a "Primordial image, character, or pattern of circumstances that recurs throughout literature and though consistently enough to be considered universal." Literary critics adopted the term from Carl Gustav Jung's theory of the collective unconscious. Because archetypes originate in pre-logical thought, they're held to evoke startlingly similar feelings in reader and author. samples of archetypal symbols include the snake, whale, eagle, and vulture. An archetypal theme is that the passage from innocence to experience; archetypal characters include the brother, rebel, wise grandparent, and prostitute with a heart of gold."
Some of the archetypes that "After Earth" makes use of are, the "Father," wise and valiant, yet fundamentally separated from his son, thanks to some perceived weakness or character flaw within the Son. The Son has let his Father down in a profound way, which has caused emotional and physical detachment.