Metamodern Film Reviews

We are seeing more Metamodern Film Reviews:

Alien: Covenant review – Ridley Scott’s latest space exploration feels all too familiar
“Fassbender is back, too, as the creepy deadpan robot who glides around in the style of a Jeeves/Lecter hybrid, wearing a tight-fitting outfit apparently made out of nylon, and in which he appears as flat-fronted in the trouser department as Barbie’s boyfriend Ken.”

Funny film review, but important in it’s truer context! It is an example of more realism-based reviews where appearances of style, clothing, and socialization of characters appear to be the new measuring sticks of both the review and the sci-fi films.

This is all new Metamodern stuff folks…..the complete rejection of Postmodern views of fantasy the past 50 years in film should it fail to measure up to modern realistic cultural yardsticks. It’s as if the escapism is utterly rejected in movies. Yet in these views, there is some expectation that fiction fit the modern paradigm and new global message of the youth that all messaging now fit the newly conceived, or more aptly perceived, Humanism and Modernism that’s now slowly returning to Western and American culture.

What’s fascinating is that, as older film makers, book writers, and script writers come under this new microscope, even they won’t be able escape these Metamodern trends and tropes until all these films and their directors get sucked into the cultural Metamodern bubble and must perform to survive or else face rejection at the theater by this new critical generation of viewers.

I feel that what’s changing as we move from Postmodern films (1965-2010) and embrace Metamodern Film (2010 beyond) is less a rejection of “escapism” in film but more about the fact that the younger generation sees these movies and stories as completely disingenuous from the perspective of the more Humanistic modern cultural view that’s evolving.

That is all part of the younger generations early need to explore themselves within the social context, questioning who they are and their value systems in a bipolar political world that’s full of con artists and crooks, where people say or look one way but act another behind the scenes.

That’s again the reaction against the past that now culminated in the failed political and cultural climate we have today. Today’s world is a culmination of the works of the Baby Boomers, their parents, and 50 years of Postmodern rejection of government, community, and institutions as holding any real value, in combination with the new embrace of money and the rugged individualism that comes from all that.

The youth are nothing like that and seeing that failed paradigm. They desire connections within the culture and greater society….even beyond themselves, their parent’s views, and the technology that they wholly embrace. They seek through realism and rejection of fantasy tropes that sense of Truth about how they all connect culturally, as they know it’s there and needed, but the institutions that once supported it prior to 1970 have all long ago been torn down. This they sense in themselves but have not yet fully perceived in history. Their Humanity perceives something is not right though they can’t quite grasp why or when it happened in history as they were all born after 1980 when Postmodernism was in full force in American culture already.

As we move forward I expect we will experience more of this sort of cynical view of film where only comic relief and mockery in what should be serious fantasy films forms any sort of true relevancy to this generation. Once we break through this trend I expect more Human-centered emotional drama where plots are less good versus evil or man versus nature and more man versus himself themes.

This then begins a renewed Modernism in film and books where the goal is self-discovery but within the context of the larger social play, and the message driven home is “yes we are good people and government is good too and can serve us all to make us all better and the world a fairer place”. Postmodernism didn’t have that message after 1965. But kids today do.

Again that’s what Modernism was in America from 1900-1965….the idea that we are all here to use technology and our hearts and minds to build a better world and better government that serves us as a “group”, not just as individuals making money and pillaging the system for profit. That’s the old Postmodern view that is dying as these relics of Postmodern tropes slowly get dismantled in film. And so kids are revisiting Modernism’s meaning again, not just through the promise of Digital Technology but will increasingly do so socially and culturally coming up.

As an author, and first year Generation X’er (born in 1965 the year Postmodernism began), I’m very happy and yet sad to see these trends shift. I’ll miss the deep dark psychology and spiritual freedom in Postmodern film the past 50 years. 

But I’ll also be happy to see the end of that violent, drug-addicted, anti-family era die. The kids today will forge a new Humanistic culture that I’ve been waiting to see since my Grandparents passed on, where family, values, integrity, and social norms return to the society as a whole and people’s rights and morality and participation in that larger society also has supporting value beyond those of just the rugged individual.

– the Author


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