I had been born in 1976 and out of doors of “Blaxploitation” movies, there are no African American action or science fiction stars. The best movies included “Tron, inch “Superman, ” “The Previous Star Fighter, ” and “Dune. ” The characters in those movies acquired super powers, super cleverness, and had to dig deep to overcome extra-ordinarily difficult situations, often at great personal cost. That is worth noting here that the celebs of these movies were all Caucasian males, and not one of them looked like me. Terrible, in almost all of the videos with a futuristic theme there was not really a Black person shed as an extra! While if, as Richard Pryor so eloquently put it, white people were not expecting us to have the future. The Hitman’s Bodyguard Review
It is no secret that lots of action, fantasy and science hype movies contain ancient wonderful and mythological elements designed into the fabric with their stories; to see titans, gods, goddesses and fairies as characters in current day cinema is a fairly commonplace occurrence – with one caveat, these characters rarely appear in movies written or taken by Blacks, or with an all Black company.
When it comes to Black cinema we certainly have few choices for our movie going pleasure. We have comedies, action comedies, the crucial “Jesus Will Repair It” film and “Hot Ghetto Mess Drama, inches (usually not the good kind), and last but not least is the “Catharsis Drama” – films about profound suffering and abuse and how the characters where able to somehow carry on after being both victimized and traumatized. Few Black freelance writers explore the realm of science fiction, fantasy, or create movies with a magical or mythological theme.
To add levels of depth and subtle intricacy to their stories, successful writers and directors are able to use the archetypical and symbolic elements of the heroes and heroines of ancient mythological stories and folk and fairy tales. Many times these elements are being 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.
That takes study of traditional literature, world mythology and symbology in order to use the aforementioned story elements with any level of effectiveness. Study that numerous strong African American film producers seem to be all too prepared to ignore in their movie production process, as these elements are often sorely lacking in the plots and storylines of the majority of Black color cinema.
The “After Earth” screenplay was written by Gary Whitta and Meters. Night Shyamalan, with the story by Will Jones, tells the sort of story that Black entertainment hasn’t seen the likes of in a really, very long time.
A lot of critics dislike this movie because they really know what Mister. Smith is attempting to complete with this type of movie, and they may like it. While Smith’s traditional audience may be slow to co-sign this movie for 2 reasons, one is they are new to seeing African-american Americans play these kind of jobs, (although they are going to pay top dollar to watch Ben Cruise, Brad Pitt and Keanu Reaves play these roles over and over again, ) and two, they don’t really be familiar with themes described in this movie credited to the fact that as a culture, we were stripped of your initiatory practices and our reports, and because of this we are being used to seeing these kind of jobs played by White or Asian actors and performers.
By and large, the legends, folklore and customs of Africans and other indigenous cultures, have recently been demonized through religion and western culture, and so it seems we avoid the magical and imaginary images of ourselves as sorcerers, demigods and characters.