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I watch a lot of movies. Unmistakably, supernaturalism has dominated cinema for nearly two decades now. Since 2001, each year's top-grossing movie concerned main characters or worlds with supernatural powers (2008's The Dark Knight being the only exception). Wizards in the Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings franchises; Jedi knights in the new Star Wars trilogies; and teams of superheroes in the Avengers series; these characters, along with many other magical beings, have absolutely ruled theater screens. Of the top ten franchises in recent film history, eight are explicitly supernatural. Only James Bond and The Fast and the Furious represent a real world. Why is supernaturalism growing so rapidly in popularity? In the '80s and '90s, the top-grossing movies each year were usually set in realistic (Top Gun, Fatal Attraction, Rain Man, Titanic) or scientifically advanced future worlds (Back to the Future, Terminator 2, Jurassic Park). Only a few (Star Wars, Ghost, Aladdin) had strong supernatural elements. But the switch to supernaturalism came rather abruptly in 2001, and hasn't abated yet. Could this have something to do with 9/11? Was there a national re-orientation away from the real world after those planes brought down the Twin Towers? Or was Hollywood simply headed in this cinematic direction due to other factors?
I googled to see if this was discussed but I didn't find anything. Has anyone seen this movie? I'm finding that 3+ years later, there's still debate going on about its ending. I saw it in theaters so I got to see this trash on big screen. The ending completely blindsided me though. It's a very underwhelming "emo" melodrama that, out of nowhere, decides to end the life of its main character, like this: http://youtu.be/RPyd9J9kkJk I think the worst part in the theater was the sound of the oncoming plane. You cant hear it as well in that clip. As soon as that date showed on the chalkboard I was confused. Then when I started to see WTC I was just in disbelief. There's a bit more after this, but that's how they ended it. Nothing about the previews or the movie itself suggested it had any ties to 9/11. I recalled afterwards that it started in 1991 (at the very start of the movie, when Tyler was a kid, they showed the date), then jumped ahead 10 years. And I knew it was in new york. But that's it. You don't see the date again till it's written on the chalkboard. WTC is never in view. They carefully hide that it's where his dad works. The plot is basically this loner kid who falls for this girl. tries getting his life together, mending ties with his big-executive dad. That's where he heads up to in the scene above. Nothing about it had any ties to current events, or specific locations. Curious if anyone else saw this? I was personally outraged in the theater. My (ex) girlfriend couldn't understand why. (being a Pattison fan, she thought it was wonderful). What boggles my mind is when I was looking at this video, and its comments and those of blogs on the subject, there's a large majority of fans who loved the ending, and support its message...saying things like it gives them "greater understanding into the suffering of that day" ; and how it taught the lesson that anything could happen, even 9/11, so you should live life to the fullest. That was the most popular sentiment. Sometimes I feel like the world's going to hell in a handbag.