Ever since 1950, movies dealing with topics such as climate change, asteroid impacts, nuclear holocausts, pandemic etc have greatly increased in number. Especially between 2010 and 2019, these kind of movies having as main focus apocalyptic subjects kept movie theaters full to their maximum.
One of the greatest such movies was 'Avengers: Infinity War', which immediately after its release became a worldwide blockbuster.
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In 'Avengers: Infinity War', Thanos is one of the main characters: a purple giant warlord, who believes that there are too many people in the Universe with not enough resources. Furthermore, he plans and eventually succeeds to make half of the world population disappear by snapping his jeweled fingers.
However, the truth seems to be quite the opposite: the more individuals we are, the more resources we can enjoy.
Individuals tend to generally believe that things cannot go but from bad to worse. However, history has always proven that there is place for and improvement will forever happen, at its own pace.
Humanity might have lost most of its faith in the ability of improving, however, this process is real and occurring over and over again.
Pop culture, be it movies, music or TV series, is increasingly and blatantly relying on the past, and using our feeling of the longing of the past, our nostalgia, to bait us into watching or liking the content.
The world, according to many people, is heading towards a wrong and dangerous direction, and we are longing for a less complicated life, trying to find it in the past.
Joker is a psychological movie, showing the dangers of group action and the power of group narratives.
It is a very interesting commentary on society as it mirrors the phenomenon of deindividuation - where crowds assume a collective identity, dispense of individual responsibility and become willing to commit even the most heinous acts.
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