Hopefully by now you have seen the first Planet of the Apes movie dated 1968. I will call it 1968 since there are two Planet of the Apes movies with this same, identical title. For goodness sake, it was almost 50 years ago and 1968 is a classic… pfah, all right, well, if you didn’t watch it yet you are going to be lost in all of the world-connecting work I am going to be doing here, so it will be hard to catch up to this once it gets rolling. If you have watched it, great! I am going to be using all the different Planet of the Apes sources to prove points, after all. This is only part one so you still have time, first to overview the three main themes of 1968 and how they resound in today’s society.
1. 1968 is a movie about race relations.
No reasonably thinking person would argue that this topic is THE issue of the 2016 election. There are too many instances of race crime happening, right now, in America, and too many excuses about the handling of it. The issue of hate in our times is depicted in the news on the daily. We have to try and make this self-defeating behavior end, in our times. More on this later, but seriously. Shame on us, shame on us.
2. 1968 is a movie about irony.
Alanis Morissette used irony, and she caught a hard time for not using it well, or perhaps understanding what it is, or for using bad examples. Irony has been around for a long time, but many folks do not use properly. The kind of irony to which I am referring, is, according to a Google search:
a literary technique, originally used in Greek tragedy, by which the full significance of a character’s words or actions are clear to the audience or reader although unknown to the character.
Plenty of the heroes and villains of 1968 act without seeming to understand how they affect the world. Taylor in 1968 becomes everything he is accused of, and Dr. Zauis from 1968 is a harbinger of doom… just the same way our presidential hopefuls are not seeming to understand what their actions say about them.
3. 1968 is a movie about politics.
What movie ending has been talked about more than the final scene in 1968? None, I would venture. And the whole basis of it is that it is where man finds his destruction at his own hands because he cannot figure out how to co-exist peacefully with all of the other parts of the world.
You see what is happening, right?
This is easily the most important election I have been alive to witness and be involved in. I have personally experienced some of what I expect to take place in November – harassment and pigheadedness in my own polling place. That type of nonsense is going to be magnified this year more than any other.
1968. 2016. 48 years separated by a heartbeat and more similar than different.
NEXT TIME: Oh, by the way, did you notice we are evolving into the planet of the apes. Great. This is part two. Coming soon!