It seems there is a trend occurring with movies and television programs. I could be wrong. I would like to read what you think in the comments. I’ve noticed that the individual hero archetype is being exchanged for an intentionally diverse and sometimes perverse collective of people. The last few movies I’ve watched, and some of the new shows made by the streaming platforms seem to feature diverse collectives, or teams, working together to overcome the antagonist. The protagonist is being replaced. One example of this that is fresh in my mind is the new Matrix movie. Not only was Neo not the main hero, but he seemed like a pathetic, week, shadow, of his former machine dominating self. I won’t spoil the film for you. If it weren’t for all the people helping him through the story, he’d have never made it to the end. I know, many of you will say, “But, in the original movie he was helped by the team of people on the Nebuchadnezzar,” and you’d be right. The difference is that the story was obviously about him being, “the one,” and he was. In these newer films and programs the focus is more on the collective team, rather than any one individual hero type protagonist.
It seems to me that the shift is intentional. I don’t think the people paying for these movies and shows to be made want people to view themselves as heroes. I think they want us to value the collective instead of an individual who excels. They sell you on the idea that it is in the name of diversity and inclusion, but when everyone is special, no one is. They might say, “It is more realistic that a team would be needed.” To that I say poppycock! These people are doing things that are all based in fantasy, and you are telling me about realism? No, I think there is a more sinister intent behind the scenes. The message is, men are not the future. Light skinned people are over. The virtues of the past, are offensive. We are your replacements, and you’d better role over and take it.
I hope I’m wrong.
2 thoughts on “A Trend in Movies, and Television?”
You made a very interesting observation that’s well worth considering. There have been many compelling stories over the years about groups of people that banded together to achieve something great. These stories promote loyalty, teamwork, and selflessness. The Sandlot might be a good example. Tolkien’s Fellowship of the Ring is a great example. Such stories are valuable, because we need each other. But Tolkien also employed archetypes and stressed the importance of individual character and sacrifice. Most Hollywood movies these days seem to strive to promote a secular humanist agenda rather than tell a story that resonates with humanity. I think you are correct that such stories do not encourage the individual to strive for greatness.
Thanks for the comment. There is a difference. I’m glad I’m not the only one to notice it.