Let’s talk about three things that just came out-
Jurassic World Trailer- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFinNxS5KN4
Star Wars 7- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMOVFvcNfvE
Terminator Genisys- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=62E4FJTwSuc
So odds are you’ve all watched those trailers, and my question to you is: Can we no longer feel joy? The reaction I’ve seen to all three of these trailers is overwhelmingly negative. Why? Those trailers don’t look any different from any other trailer for an amazingly awesome movie. What’s happened? From debate over how a light saber looks to outright racist reactions about Stormtrooper skin color, everybody is unhappy with these movies. We’ve got almost a year till some of these movies come out. Now, if you don’t want an action movie, then you’re right to say I don’t want to see that movie. But, honestly all three look great and are all aimed at our inner geeks.
If you want to get into debates about little things, let’s look at all the logic together. Lightsabers are an amazingly stupid idea! They would kill most people who picked them up. Even the Jedi/Sith would most likely kill themselves than their targets. Also, lightsabers can’t block projectiles. Lasers weapons work fine against blocking lasers, but three drunken rednecks with shotguns can kill even the most skilled force user. But, you know what? They look really cool. It’s Christmas time. And, if you’re giving gifts, when you finish with the roll of wrapping paper, guess what noise we all make while swinging the tube around? Same goes with Jurassic World. Looks great and will be a fun ride. We’ve got Pratt riding shotgun with some velociraptors and some new genetically modified dino thrown in the mix. I’ve got a PhD in biochemistry. If I wanted to start tearing down the movie, I could. From dino’s mostly likely being covered in feathers to the fact the half life of DNA in amber is two million years, Jurassic Park could not happen. But, that movie hits me right in the inner 12 year old. Sometimes, you just have to let that child out and enjoy the ride.
I see this a lot in the geek community. DnD 4e come out and most people didn’t even want to try to play it. Now if you played it and didn’t like it, then you get to have an honest opinion. DnD 5e comes out, and those same people who hated DnD4e sight unseen now hate this new product. But, if you haven’t even seen the end product, or even read a summary of the product, why are you making opinions on things? That’s like deciding you hate a style of music without even hearing a 30 second snippet of a song. If the movies come out and they do suck, then I don’t have a problem with honest criticism. But, let’s criticize the thing when it’s here. Right now, we have 88 seconds of a two hour movie.
So my question is: can we feel joy anymore? Can geeks see something new and not just jump on the hate bandwagon? Do we have a compulsive need to hate so much you want to be the hate hipster who’s driving the bandwagon? I’m sorry you can’t have that joy again of being young again with life being much simpler, but try to see the joy that exists in the world. New things don’t have to suck, and you don’t have to hope the suck either! Can we all just try to feel some joy?