October 17, 2017

The fight has gone out of me

I just saw the latest Justice League trailer. And before that, the newest Star Wars The Last Jedi trailer.

And you know, there’s a thread that runs through a lot of films. Films in the genre I have watched my whole life.


I’ll be the first to admit I prefer Marvel to DC *gasp* because DC tends to take the fight scenes to the extreme.

I disliked huge sections of The Hobbit trilogy because of the fight scenes.

I’m finding them tiring. Boring.

The stories end up being the same: the hero is set off on a quest or mission of some kind by an external trigger. Things happen. The hero must resolve the mission or quest through violence. Villain(s) lose/die/run off.

And I get that this is fiction. It’s escapism at its finest.

But you know, we are what we consume, whether it’s media or food or ideas. And I can’t help but think there’s a correlation between our pop culture and our response to so called enemies in the real world.

Now I am absolutely against censorship. What’s right for me, may not be right for you. And the people deciding what is permitted usually have ulterior motives. This is not a call for censorship in any way, shape or form.

These are just thoughts percolating in my head.

I wonder how interesting it would be to see the hero’s journey without the epic 45 minute end battle. A hero who works hard to build bridges and sort differences through communication. Who accepts that his/her position may not be the right one after all.

I wonder how our world views might change if the media diet we consume changes? Less black and white, moer blurred lines.

What I do know is that I will be, am, watching less of this stuff. Something has changed in me and it has affected what I want to watch and read.

I don’t know where this is going but I do know that I’m going to listen to my gut and see where it takes me.

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