a couple days ago i saw someone raise the question of why Pacific Rim only seems to be resonating with millennials, and i didn’t know the answer, but i’ve been thinking about it a lot and suddenly i understand
it’s because it’s a movie about young people who are smart and capable but nonetheless handed a broken and nightmarish dying world, which is hurting everybody but especially them because they’re the ones who have to live their whole lives in it
and maybe it’s somebody’s fault but maybe it’s nobody’s fault, it doesn’t matter, but
there is a solution—which is literally to allow those young people to connect with and lean on each other and to give them the resources to take care of it themselves—but those in power refuse to take that solution seriously, so all the money and resources and power that should be going to fixing the problem are going into useless holes that aren’t going to save anybody
and everyone knows there’s no chance that things will get better. they know that everything is going to be terrible for the rest of time
and these young people take that world and the pathetic bottom of the barrel that’s been left for them and they spit and rebel in the faces of all of that, screaming that they won’t let it take them down after all
it’s a story about young people, together, exercising hope and power when they are afforded none and the stakes are so high
and it’s your story, too, if you make it be
H O L Y S H I T. Why does this not have a million notes?? I can’t comment on the part about Pacific Rim only resonating with Millennials, but as for the rest … I have seen a lot of AMAZING meta on Pacific Rim already, but—and I’m about to get stupidly fucking sappy over a goddamn movie about giant fucking robots fighting giant fucking sea monsters, because this is probably the realest fucking metaon this movie that I have seen—
We are Mako Mori.
We are Raleigh, Aleksis, Sasha, Cheung, Hu, Jin, Chuck, Newt, Hermann, and Tendo.
We are the PPDC and we have to figure out how to solve this shit and we have no money and no resources, but we have each other.
And that’s why stories matter and that’s why proper representation matters, because we’re all in this together, and that’s amazing.
#why are millenials so bad at killing aliens?
#is it because they’re afraid to get real jobs?
#this expert who doesn’t know what he’s talking about
#suggests that it could be because they are too busy using instagram
#to learn to pilot giant robots
#back in my day
#there were no giant robots
#which is why I feel comfortable
#judging the performance of the next generation
#in a fight I have never encountered
#and know nothing about
#PACIFIC FRIGGIN RIM
A lot of us grew up knowing Star Wars was great, for instance, and other similar sci-fis, but they’ve almost universally been about individual heroes succeeding where everyone else failed, which is something that resonates more strongly with an older generation. Pacific Rim has been the first movie specifically directed towards US. I hope to see more of that, more thoughts of the present and future, rather than lingering with heroes of the past.
I wouldn’t say it ONLY resonates with millennials… because some of us were raised on the myth of the lone maverick hero, the guy who bucks all authority and is always right, who has sidekicks and love interests but never a true partner, who accomplishes the impossible through his rugged determination and his awesome specialness.
And then we grew all the way up and found we could never be him, and we’ve spent the last decade trying to convince ourselves that even if we were one of the faceless masses we could still matter, we could still help. But for me at least, Pacific Rim is the first movie I’ve ever watched that validated that belief, and that’s why I love it.
All of which actually fits really well wit Strauss-Howe generational theory because the Millennial Generation is coming of age during a crisis period during which “civic authority revives, cultural expression redirects towards community purpose, and people begin to locate themselves as members of a larger group.” This is the opposite scenario to which our parents (I’m guessing mostly Baby Boomers and really early Generation Xers). They came of age in a time of cultural discovery which favoured the experience of the individual over that of the community as a whole. The heroes of our stories come as part of a group or a team because they reflect ourselves and our ideals.
To top it off, the Millennial Generation occupies the “Hero” archetype. “Heroes grow up as increasingly protected post-Awakening children, come of age as team-oriented young optimists during a Crisis […] Their main societal contributions are in the area of community, affluence, and technology." We are the same archetype as those that came of age just before and during WWII. Our entire consciousness is built around being problem solvers and community builders, as opposed to our parents who were built around the idea of the personal experience and achievement. The heroes of their stories will always be lone heroes because they reflect themselves and their ideals.
“One reason why the cycle of archetypes recurs is that each youth generation tries to correct or compensate for what it perceives as the excesses of the midlife generation in power. For example, Boomers (a Prophet generation, whose strength is individualism, culture and values) raised Millennial children (a Hero generation, whose strength is in collective civic action). Archetypes do not create archetypes like themselves, they create opposing archetypes. […] This also occurs because the societal role that feels freshest to each generation of youth is the role being vacated by a generation of elders that is passing away. In other words, a youth generation comes of age and defines its collective persona just as an opposing generational archetype is in its midlife peak of power, and the previous generation of their archetype is passing away.”