I came to be in 1976 and outside of “Blaxploitation” movies, there were no Charcoal action or science fiction stars. Definitely the movies included “Tron, inch “Superman, inch “The Last Star Mma star, inch and “Dune. inch The heroes in those movies had super powers, super brains, and had to dig deep to overcome extra-ordinarily difficult situations, often at great personal cost. It is worth noting here that the stars of these movies were all Caucasian males, and undertake and don’t seemed like me. Terrible, in most of the movies with a futuristic theme there was not even a Black person cast as an extra! Like, as Richard Pryor so eloquently input it, white individuals were not expecting us to be in the future.
It is no secret that many action, fantasy and science fiction movies contain ancient magical and mythological elements incorporated into the fabric of their stories; to see titans, gods, goddesses and fairies as characters in modern day movie theatre is a fairly commonplace occurrence — with one caveat, these characters almost never can be found in movies written or directed by Blacks, or with an all Black cast.
When it comes to Black movie theatre we have few alternatives for our movie going pleasure. We have comedies, action comedies, the all important “Jesus Will Fix It” film and “Hot Ghetto Mess Drama, inch (usually not the good kind), and last but not least is the “Catharsis Drama” — movies about unique suffering and abuse and how the characters where able to somehow carry on after being both victimized and traumatized. Few Black writers explore the realm of science fiction, fantasy, or create movies with a magical or mythological theme.
To add numbers of depth and subtle intricacy to their stories, adept writers and owners are able to use the archetypical and a symbol components of the heroes and heroines solarmovie of ancient mythological stories and people and fairy testimonies. Many times these elements are used so skillfully as to be hardly recognized by the majority of the movie going public, but to the trained eye, these elements are obvious.
It takes study of time-honored literature, world mythology and symbology in order to use those story elements with any level of effectiveness. Study that many burgeoning Charcoal film makers seem all too happy to ignore in their movie making process, as these elements are often sorely lacking in the and building plots and storylines of the majority of Black movie theatre.
The “After Earth” script was published by Gary Whitta and Michael. Night Shyamalan, with the story by Will Smith, tells the type of story that Black entertainment has never seen the likes of in a very, very long time.
Some critics dislike this movie because they know what Mr. Smith is trying to accomplish with this type of movie, and they don’t like it. While Smith’s traditional audience may be slow to co-sign this movie for just two reasons, one is they are not used to seeing African-american Americans play these types of roles, (although they will pay top dollar to watch He Cruise, Brad Pitt and Keanu Reaves play these roles over and over again, ) and two, they don’t really understand the themes described in this movie due to the fact that as a culture, we were stripped in our initiatory practices and our stories, and as a result we are used to seeing these types of roles played by White or Cookware famous actors and stars.
By and large, the tales, folklore and traditions of Africans and other native cultures, have been demonized through faith and western culture, and so 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 outline various components of the movie “After Earth” that produce this movie worth seeing over and over again. Daddies, if you have been buying a movie to take your sons to that will help you to begin a unique conversation about rites of passage and growing into a man, you’ll want to go here out.
!!! SPOILER ALERT!!! — We’re going to be discussing the story and plotline from this movie and by doing so parts of the actual story are going to be revealed. If you don’t want to mess up the movie before you’ve seen it, STOP NOW, and then come back get ess seen it to participate in this analysis.