Pessimism In Modern Science Fiction

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There appears to be a certain type of pessimism regarding how the future of our world will be depicted within science fiction. Moreover, the genre feels as if it has transcended itself into a cookie-cutter style format, with these large, overbearing industrial skyscrapers, and, cold, desolate wastelands, mixed with the cynical ideas of how the world as we know will be eclipsed by lawlessness and greed. Not only, would many critics consider these attributes as the minimum criteria for a blockbuster movie, but also, themes within that regard seem to be a prominent staple of modern science fiction. Inasmuch, this infatuation that general audiences exhibit when viewing a gloomy and dark tomorrow, make movies like Spike Jonze’s 2013 film, “Her,” a genuine breath of fresh air. “Her,” is a melancholy love story that takes place in a not too distant future, where, rather than featuring a gritty and warped reality, Jonze flaunts his visual storytelling abilities in order to conduct a world that not only sees through the lens of an optimist but, also pivots a sense of purism, realism, and futurism in an era we are not too familiar with. Certainly, one of the distinctive features that separate “Her” from its contemporaries is how the production designer KK Barrett managed to create a recognizable, yet, an entirely different world from our own. Barrett, who has worked with Jonze on a number of other films, as well as, being the production designer to Sofia Coppola’s 2003 film “Lost in

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