November 4, 2014

IF THEY'RE GOING TO CEDE OPTIMISM, LET'S RUN WITH (AND ON) IT:

Man can conquer all -- 'Interstellar' breaks with leftist pessimism (Kyle Smith, November 2, 2014, NY Post)

Nolan, whose previous films included a robust defense of the Bush-Cheney War on Terror ("The Dark Knight") and a rejoinder to Marxist-Occupy Wall Street dogma about redistributionist 
mob rule ("The Dark Knight Rises"), even drops into "Interstellar" an overt Christian allegory of a wise father figure sacrificing his offspring to save humanity.

But mostly, "Interstellar" is a vision of American guts and greatness and ingenuity that would have made John Wayne smile.

Using technology, Nolan asserts, man can and should bend the environment to his will, not serve it. No matter what challenges we may face, Cooper states, in a stirring line that serves as the film's epigraph, "We'll find a way. We always have."

What Cooper means is entrepreneurship, invention, exploration -- not regulation, restriction and abnegation.

Viewers might think of a contemporary parallel: Climate-change masochists who beg for the hairshirt of American carbon restrictions -- though these would make almost no difference in global temperatures -- react with fury at the notion that technological solutions (such as removing carbon from the atmosphere) could be a better approach.

Such solutions might allow us to escape punishment. That, to liberals, would be an unspeakable horror.

"Human beings," Ridley once said, "are solution machines as well as problems; the ingenuity of human beings is what drives the world."

In today's upside-down Hollywood, it takes a sci-fi movie to remind us of this invigorating, yet obvious, truth.

Posted by at November 4, 2014 6:49 PM
  

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