October 27, 2015

KURT SCHLICHTER: ‘The Martian’ Was Our World Just 50 Years Ago. “‘The Martian’ is superficially about space travel, but it is really about time travel. The plot may focus on characters leaving Earth to explore the red planet, but the strange world the movie depicts is really our own world just over 50 years ago. The can-do, optimistic liberalism it depicts is utterly alien to today’s sobby, whiny, excuse-laden version. . . . Just think of all the food-stamp cards that could be recharged if we only gave up on our silly striving toward the stars! Oh wait, we already have given up.” Well, for some values of the word “we.”

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