Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Nirvana & Neverland: Pan & Socialist Utopia

There are some great special effects in the film, but even that isn't enough to save this horrible platform of liberal socialist agendas. More than anything, as I demonstrate below, the film makers took entire scenes from other films and just blatantly copies them into Pan. Why commit this act of plagiarism? I think there are at least two reasons. First, if people like THOSE films (Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Mad Max, etc.) then copying scenes from those successful films will make Pan a success; secondly, because these film makers obviously have no understanding of anything of real depth, no life philosophy of their own, rather, just socialist concepts they repeat back like parrots, rather than "working in" and paying homage to these other great films, Pan film makers just stick it in and paste it together, relying on other great films to carry Pan, because that is the inherent nature of a parasite, which is what socialists are. 
Pan not only received bad critical reviews, but audiences didn't seem to enjoy it, either. As I was struggling to watch the film, something beneficial did strike me, and that is how I have often written, "We aren't so much interested in originality, as in the repeating of patterns and symbols"; I haven't really explained that, and in Pan, which basically lifts entire scenes from other films, we can do that. So, let's begin with Pan and the version most of us know, Disney's animated Peter Pan.
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 overestimatedPan 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.
When a film (like the recent and equally terrible Maleficent with Angelina Jolie) begins by stating that you know the story, but "now, I'm going to tell you the real story," there are two concepts at work, and even, in conflict: Reader Response theory and indoctrination. Just as most people know the story of Sleeping Beauty going into Maleficent, so most viewers know the story of Peter Pan going into Pan; this is a case of the "implied reader," and reader-response criticism. You all ready have knowledge of the story going into the story, and the film makers know that, which means, you have a relationship with the story and with the film makers, one based on your experience and even interpretation of the "original" animated films from Disney Studios.
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. 
As you watch the film(s), you are necessarily going to be drawing upon your memories and experiences of the original films and consciously or unconsciously, comparing to the newer version, and the film makers know this, which is why, in both Pan and Maleficent, they begin by making the claim that now, you are going to get the real story. What real story? The "real" story might be a claim to be closer to the original fairy tale or book, but that's not what either film meant; rather, the film makers want you to believe that you have been duped, all your life, by a "false" story of Sleeping Beauty, and who Peter Pan really is, which leads us to our second point: indoctrination.
I couldn't find exact images, however, this is one of many scenes in Pan (top image) that has been directly "lifted" from another film, in this case, the children working in the mines in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (bottom image). As in the Indiana Jones installment, Pan also has the kids being kidnapped to work their whole lives in a mine and never get to see the light of day. Have you ever noticed all those tapes and film clips of liberals like Hillary Clinton saying one thing, and then a couple of months later, she comes out and says the exact opposite? Liberals do that because that is how dumb they think everyone is. They think they are infinitely smarter than everyone else, and everyone else is utterly stupid, as with the film makers of Pan: they genuinely thought no one would notice all this plagiarism because people are so dumb. 
It's not just the story you are familiar with that the film makers want you to doubt, but also your experience and interpretation of that story. Coming out during the Cold War years (1953 and 1959), Peter Pan and Sleeping Beauty provided us with two enemies to the stability of society and our own lives. The dangers of utopia in Peter's Neverland revealed that socialism comes with its own life-threatening problems, while Aurora exploring her sexuality with the young man she meets in the forest (pricking her finger on the spindle of the spinning wheel is a metaphor of loosing her virginity to the young man she couldn't see again, and her falling asleep is the sleep of "death in sin") was to warn of what would happen to women if they became promiscuous (which they did during the so-called "sexual revolution" and which was a weapon of socialists to undermine American morality). Not only do the modern re-interpretations of the stories, Pan and Maleficent, want to mock the originals and their lessons (because that's what socialists do, they "degrade" their enemies), but now, they want to turn the tables and make capitalism the "enemy" and morality the bonds of slavery. How does Pan accomplish this?
Peter can't read.
Another scene directly lifted from another film, this one being Gladiator (bottom). This is perhaps the most shocking admittance of the film: Blackbeard--who is a symbol for capitalism--talks about how there is "no justice, there is no mercy, no second chances," and that's important because we have seen so many films that are about "second chances and people being able to redeem themselves. The problem is, how Pan defines what justice and mercy is. Why would a socialist claim there is no mercy in capitalism? Because when Hillary Clinton leaked the emails on her personal server, conservatives were pissed as hell; to liberals, that is a demonstration of capitalists not having any mercy, no sympathy, and that's not justice: even though she was Secretary of State, even though it's a felony, even though it's hundreds of thousands of emails and the names of important sources were hacked, anyone holding her accountable for that is inhuman and a pirate, just like Blackbeard, we need to forgive her and show her mercy so she can do it all over again on a higher and more destructive level and cause even more damage so we can continue demonstrating how tolerant and merciful we are. In other words, if my sarcasm is too thick, holding people accountable for their actions is not merciful nor just to socialists: after all, we are only animals, and we don't have any free will, it's all Bush's fault, and so we shouldn't have to pay the consequences for what a terrible president he was. Trust me, besides Hook lying, this is the worst message the film tries to get the audience to buy into. 
We first learn that Peter is illiterate when he and his friend have broken into the orphanage office and begin going through their files (didn't that happen in Girl Interrupted? This is important because the film suffers from severe plagiarism problems). Peter's mother left him a note which was kept in his file and Peter has to have his friend read it for him; why is this important? The film makers made Peter illiterate intentionally. People can say whatever they want about cruel Catholic nuns, but they can't deny that those nuns provide a stellar education (Catholics are the most educated religious group in the world, second only to the Jews).
Uh-ha. The bottom image is Rooney Mara as Tiger Lily, and the top image is yet another scene lifted directly out of Star Wars: Return Of the Jedi, as well as the entire village of the savages being shot like the ewok village of the same film. In this specific scene (top image, Mara is about in the middle), Tiger Lily is supposed to invoke Princess Leia tied to Jaba (not that the old man she's sitting by is supposed to be a bad guy in the film, but the film makers want to impress upon the audience that Tiger Lily is a warrior and cool rebel like Leia). Why do this? BECAUSE SOCIALISTS DON'T HAVE ANY HEROES OR HEROINES THEY CAN HOLD UP FOR THE AUDIENCE TO ADMIRE--THEY ARE ALL LIKE HITLER, STALIN, POL POTT, MAO, PINOCHET AND KIM JUONG, ETC.--AND NO ONE IN THEIR RIGHT MIND IS GOING TO ADMIRE THOSE BLOOD-THIRSTY, EVIL DEMONS. So, socialists take legitimate heroes, like Leia and Indiana Jones, and try to convince the audience, yea, they were totally socialists, you just didn't know it until now, but now we are telling you the real story, so the heroes you thought were demonstrating the values of capitalist societies were really demonstrating the values of socialism. Truly, that's what they are doing, they are re-writing films the exact same way they are re-writing the story of Peter Pan and history. 
Peter would have known how to read, having grown up in a Catholic orphanage, which is why his friend can read, so the illiteracy is an "image crafting" the film makers want to somehow enhance Peter's appeal; how can they do that? Peter lacks critical thinking skills, just like the film makers. Have you heard of Common Core education? Illiteracy and a lack of critical thinking is what this socialist program is going for, because when people can think for themselves, why on earth do they need a government run by a bunch of mediocrities?
The top image is Garret Hudland who plays Hook in the film that Pan meets while in the mines. His hat and sleeping style was meant to invoke Indiana Jones, the great intellectual and adventurer, who Hook definitely is not. Again, this is a socialist attempt to take heroes of Western civilization who embody American values and morals, and re-cast him in a socialist light because socialists don't have any heroes they can be proud of; not a single one.  Hook is concerned about getting home, and he tells Tiger Lily that, to which she responds, "Home is where you make it." Why would she say that? Because, as we saw in The Conjuring, socialists don't want people to have homes, private property and ownership must be banned, so this is instilling in the audience the idea that wherever the government tells you to live, is home, and that's where you should live. 
So, not being able to read isn't just about not being able to read the original fairy tale, or any other fairy tale, but also historical facts, like the Holocaust and and World War II, so that one knows the past and mistakes and consequences; this is how capitalism is made the enemy, because for people who know what happened historically, they know it was the capitalist Allies who stopped socialism from spreading and communism would have enslaved the whole world. Peter's illiteracy, then, is a counter-cultural move--meaning, indoctrination, because traditionally, Americans view illiteracy with horror, hence our public education program which receives hundreds of millions of dollars every year--because being able to read and explore ideas is necessary to develop critical, deep thinking skills. Dumbing down the population is a necessary agenda for socialists because they can't bear to have anyone smarter than them realizing how incompetent and unfair their policies are, which is why, in all socialist/communist revolutions, it's always the intelligentsia that the socialists kill first, so there won't be anyone smart left to stand in their way and lead a revolt, which leads us to the despicable "hero" Hook.
I don't know why the guy on top doesn't kill Blackbeard, because the only pre-requisite for killing the pirate seems to be that a male (not a female) can fly, which the guy above can surely do, as demonstrated. Again, this scene is lifted directly from Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome when Hook, like Max, has to fight in an "arena" in order to save his life, as Hook must do in Pan. Of all the terrible qualities of Hook, perhaps the worst is that he is a liar: "I'm a grown-up, I do that sometimes," he tells Pan, and we are just supposed to accept it at that, just like all of Obama's lies, Hillary's lies, and the lies of Obama's administration, because that's what socialists view as "mercy" and "justice." Lying, then, is a "value" that socialism is advocating, because one of the heroes, Hook, is a liar and he has a successful end in the film, so he hasn't been punished for anything bad he's done, just like all the crooks in the Obama Administration. These are their values they are trying to brainwash us into accepting. 
Yes, Hook is a hero, and friend to Peter, and the love of Tiger Lilly. You're not like the men in my tribe, Tiger Lily tells Hook, the men in my tribe are honest and brave, and Hook is neither of these, and yet, he's the hero and we are supposed to believe that Tiger Lily falls in love with him; why? This is another example of indoctrination. Socialists don't want white heterosexual males who are brave, strong, honest and morally upright, they don't want a real Indiana Jones, Hans Solo, Mad Max, etc., socialists, being mediocrities, want others to be mediocrities as well, and that begins with something as simple as having the courage to tell the truth, face up to the consequences and deal with the hand you have been dealt in life; all of these concepts are utterly foreign to socialists and you can tell by a film like Pan. None of these heroes are heroes who support and embody traditional American heroes and values because this is indoctrination, the intentional subversion or replacement of the moral norms of a society with a new set of norms so that society can be controlled more easily. Traditional white, heterosexual males will resist the socialists revolution, just as they did during World War II, so they must be demonized and made the enemy of people who now identify themselves as "minorities" and the "victims" of these white males. Now, we are in a position to discuss my real problem with this film,....
So, the main drive of the narrative is that Blackbeard (Jackman), is trying to stay young and uses the pixie dust as his fountain of youth, like Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) in Pirates Of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides tries to find the fountain of youth so he won't die either; and Ian McShane is also named Blackbeard in the film. Socialists just have no creative imagination of their own, do they?
As I was watching it, I couldn't help but feel that entire concepts and scenes had been lifted right out of other films: the first lines quoting (nearly) exactly the opening lines of Maleficent about hearing the "real story," orphans lined up getting a bowl of gruel was taken straight out of Oliver!, the boys breaking into the office as in Girl Interrupted, Peter unable to read the letter and the letters swirling around on the page as in Percy Jackson and the Olympians: the Lightening Thief, the children working in the mines like they did in Indiana Jones and the Temple Of Doom, the savages acting like compared to nature in Avatar (which many critics have pointed out), the village of the savages in Pan immediately made me think of the Ewok village in Return Of the Jedi as well as Hook threatening to go his own way and then showing up later during the fight to swoop in his ship and hit Blackbeard's like Han Solo in Star Wars, while Tiger Lily dressed in that bizarre outfit leaning on the "stage" was invoking Princess Leia from also from Return of the Jedi, the kids in the mine singing Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit (even though this is World War II) as the old men sang Like A Virgin in Moulin Rouge (more on Nirvana below), Blackbeard looking for something to help him live forever like Jack Sparrow's search for the Fountain of Youth in Pirates Of the Caribbean: On Stranger Shores, and trying to become the new Davy Jones in Dead Man's Chest, and Blackbeard putting his thumb up or down referenced Gladiator, just to name the scenes I recognized from one viewing. So, how is this different from "pattern recognition" that I am always promoting?
Understanding.
This is the third worst part of the film: in the original animated Disney version, Wendy, Michael and John go back home and grow up; in this version, they don't, they go to Neverland so they never have to grow up, and this running away to utopia to indulge all your childish, undisciplined fantasies is exactly the kind of "hook" socialists are betting people--especially young people--will buy into so socialists can stay in power. 
When House at the End Of the Street used a snow globe to convey the idea of the US having been in a protective bubble, and then we also saw a snow globe just as the US is being attacked in Red Dawn, those were connections, a 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. 
In conclusion, Pan is not only a poorly constructed film--reflecting the general lack of creativity and self-expression which is born of intelligence and hard work--it's a socially, politically, morally and economically devious narrative as well, meant to intentionally replace those symbols of greatness in our culture which we have always looked to for inspiration, as well as re-writing the very history of our battle against socialism in the make-believe version of Peter Pan's story they have dared to offer a sophisticated audience. Regretably, I fear there will be more of these films, rather than studios having learned their lessons from this massive flop, but audience members can at least be armed and prepared when we are being force-fed such ridiculous fairy tales of Karl Marx.
Eat Your Art Out,
The Fine Art Diner
P.S.--Here is the soundtrack cut for the mining boys singing Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit:
On the last note, there was a big stink about Rooney Mara, a white woman, portraying the Native American character Tiger Lily, rather like the pro-socialist film The Lone Ranger had Johnny Depp portray Tonto. What are we to make of this? That socialists invoke being the party of the minority, but when it comes right down to it, they are more interested in helping out the people they like, rather than the minorities they claim to speak for and represent.