|Amanda Seyfried portrays Peter's mother, Mary, and here she is, in the opening scene, dropping off her little Peter at the orphanage of Eternal Prudence. The importance of this cannot be overestimated. Pan was the ancient Greek god of drunkenness, orgies and decadence in general; there is even a statue, at the link above, of Pan having sex with a goat. This is who Peter Pan is meant to convey, the god of debauchery. Why? Because we are all animals, and if socialists appeal to our animal instincts, then we will "naturally" become socialists so we can be "liberated" from the prudishness of Christianity and start having all the sex and orgies we want. Yes, the film is counting on that. Socialism appeals to the base, animal instincts: look at the people who are liberals; Christianity holds out the hope that we can overcome our baseness and cultivate within ourselves the image of God our Father. What we have, then, is a war between the god Pan of decadence and Jesus the God of sacrifice, morality, justice and love. To emphasize this even further, we have a battle of the two Marys as well: Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ, and Mary, the mother of Peter Pan (shown above). There is a statue of Mary in the orphanage office that Pan twists the nose on and the floor falls away and they discover a "treasure trove" of food and hoarded supplies, suggesting that the leaders in the Church and the Church itself, keeps everything for itself rather than distributing to the poor and unfortunate; it's important to note, however, Peter and his friend indulge in every jar they can open, but they never once think of saving any for anyone else, rather, they keep it all to themselves. This is just one of many examples, especially when we bring Hook into the equation, of socialists revealing what less-than-average people they are (and that's being charitable of me). One of the examples of how terrible and horrible these ugly, fat, mean nuns are is in them insisting that there is nothing special about Peter. That is a terrible and false depicting of Christianity (but what else would we expect from them?). Holding that each of us is created in the image of God makes each of us singular, special and with a unique destiny to be fulfilled, hence, why Christians are against abortion. Socialists, on the other hand, hold that each person is only an animal and to be used and put to work according to the dictates of the State and the Party. The State decides what a child's future will be, not the child or his/her parents, the way people get to decide today. When Peter gets to Neverland, Blackbeard asks Peter if he is "the messiah" of the boys and those he has oppressed, clearly a reference to Obama, as Barbara Walters referred to Obama as the messiah of the liberals even though he had disappointed them. This is also a reference to Darren Aronofsky's Noah. Peter replies that he doesn't believe in bedtime stories, but the film makers obviously expects the audience to.|
|After the disastrous singing of Smells Like Teen Spirit (discussed below), Blackbeard "welcomes" the new arrivals with his rules, of which, there are only two: first, work hard and your hard work will be rewarded; second, those who do not work hard will feel the sting of his displeasure. The "Protestant work ethic" of America being summarized by a pirate clearly marks Blackbeard as a capitalist (if there was any doubt by this point in the film what the film makers wanted to label as their primary narrative vehicles) while the mining pit the boys are working in is meant to symbolize any given job in America. Now, there are at least two other films which have all ready discussed "the pit": the first was Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises, when Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) was thrown into the pit by Tom Hardy's Bale and he had to get out (please see War and Revolution: the Dark Knight Rises for more); we also saw "the pit" in Divergent, because that is where Dauntless trains to become the best at protecting society. Whereas these two pro-capitalist films see the unfortunate circumstances in life as something to be overcome and to make us work harder to become better, socialists see it as making us into cheats and scoundrels but, given that Hook is a hero, I think that's more of what they as a political party hold up as "honorable" rather than it being a legitimate by-product of legitimate capitalism.|
Peter can't read.
narrative motif, a symbol that alerts the viewer to what is important but not being spoken so that, when the whole kingdom of Oz itself is in a protective bubble that gets burst by the Wicked Witch in Oz the Great and Powerful, or Asgard itself isn't able to get its protective shield up against the attack of the Dark Elves in Thor: the Dark World, pro-capitalist film makers have recognized the symbolic value of the snow globe and have incorporated that message into their own, larger narrative; with Pan, however, these images are taped together like a collage, because they are trying to replace Princess Leia with Tiger Lily, trying to replace Indiana Jones with Hook, and trying to replace the moral order (the Church and Christianity) with decadence and licentiousness (Pan and Neverland). The film maker's lack of understanding, because they have failed to develop their own critical thinking skills and think no one else should have them, either, is, effectively, what separates the incorporation of motifs and signs when considering pattern recognition, vs blatant plagiarism of Pan film makers taking scenes and ideas from films and stories they like but want to make socialist.
|This is the thing: I am perfectly willing to allow for artistic license. Unlike other critics, I don't find an inherent problem with director Joe Wright having the miner kids singing Nirvana's 1991 hit Smells Like Teen Spirit which scientifically has been identified as THE MOST iconic song EVER. At the end of this post is a video of the soundtrack recording of the kids singing the song, and the man's voice that comes in around 1:24 is Blackbeard's (Jackman's). Even though the film takes place during World War II, if the song expands the film makers' ability to communicate to the audience what they are trying to discuss, I am perfectly willing to allow for it,... the problem I have with the song being included, that other critics seem to have missed, is that the song being placed here, and sung at this point, doesn't make any sense whatsoever; so, as a means of communicating with the audience, it doesn't, it just makes it look like Wright is, yet again, a copycat, this time, imitating (poorly) Moulin Rouge. This is why the song doesn't work: the boys, who we are made to believe have all been kidnapped, and are being forced to work for Blackbeard, in the mines looking for pixie dust, is an anti-capitalist song; when one boy tries to stop singing, one of Blackbeard's "managers" forces the boy to start singing the song again; the song is anti-capitalist, while Blackbeard is CLEARLY a symbol of capitalism, so why would Blackbeard have his forced labor camp workers singing a song of rebellion against capitalism? Wright would probably have some answer that, well, you're supposed to ignore that and focus on the song being sung. Well, if a film maker fails to communicate something in the film, you can't blame the audience for his/her shortcomings; given that EVERYONE has complained about this song in the film, it's clear that Wright got it wrong. Again, if another song had been chosen, or Wright had written the script so that it was at a point where it made sense, then it very well could have worked and been quite successful. Now, why is Smells Like Teen Spirit an anti-capitalist song? Rock-n-Roll songs were an artistic weapon against the Soviet Union and communism: Rock allowed for individuality and freedom of expression, hope and the exaltation of the individual and relationships, especially romantic ones which doesn't have nearly the same status in socialist/communist societies as in the US (for example: at the end of Jurassic World, Chris Pratt's character tells Dallas Bryce Howard's character that they are going to stay together "for survival," and that's what socialists say, we are animals, and we are going to mate, but "love" doesn't exist, just sex and hormones) and we saw this in Rock Of Ages with Tom Cruise, Catherine Zeta-Jones and a whole massive supporting cast. By 1990, the US knew we had won the Cold War, and with that came the rise of Alternative music, clearly stating that relationships had become impossible, there was immense distances between men and women, many in Generation X had come from divorced households which caused a broken identity among us and led to anger and suppressed resentment against the dual-income households that had become standard in the US (you are more than welcome to disagree with me on this, but I have done a lot of research on the statistics and historical context, so I'm not saying this lightly). If Rock was an anthem of triumph and individuality, Alternative music became the anthem of defeat and dissolution of the individual. Now, however, we can say that the issues which Nirvana brings up in Smells Like Teen Spirit are characteristic of the "new" socialism threatening the world then the communism that was falling in the 1990s: "Turn the lights out, it's less dangerous," certainly applies to the opaque Obama administration which denies everything and uses any type of distraction in the media to draw attention away from whatever latest scandal has plagued the liberals; "I feel stupid, entertain us," socialists are intentionally dumbing down students and emphasizing "emotional responses" rather than critical thinking (like Peter's illiteracy); "entertain us" is clearly about the lack of informed voters and viewers who actually have any clue to what is going on or what the issues are, as they would much rather be entertained than have to exercise their brains that haven't been taught how to properly function.|
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P.S.--Here is the soundtrack cut for the mining boys singing Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit: