The concept of Westworld (2016) is a fairly simple one – a place where you can drown yourself in excess without any legal consequences. It plays on the idea that true human nature is mostly repressed. Human society flourishes because of the harmony granted by forbidding certain actions. But the repressed feelings need to released in some form of the other.
It plays on the idea that true human nature is mostly repressed. Human society flourishes because of the harmony granted by forbidding certain actions. But the repressed feelings need to released in some form of the other. Normally, those who cannot control their forbidden desires, find their release in private confines and away from the judging eyes of the public. But Westworld is a complete contradiction of this norm.
An artificial world is created where all characters are but realistic puppets. And these puppets being indistinguishable from real humans, the interactions with them are surreal too. The only difference between Westworld and the Real World is that these puppets ( hosts ) cannot harm the guests ( real people that come to Westworld). So the guests are free from all legal consequences as killing something which isn’t really alive isn’t a crime. The guests can kill, torture or have their way with the hosts. And this excess freedom acts like a mirror. The guests see their truer selves when they’re freed from the law.
Such a concept when used on the small screen, makes for a great satire on the hypocrisy of human nature. And we find pleasure in watching our truer selves on screen ( More on this statement in Movie therapy – blowing off steam ). This tendency is the reason for the success of Westworld.
So go and watch Westworld. I’ve watched 3 episodes and they’ve been truly great. The storylines are inventive and the actors methodical. In a few words, do not miss Westworld.
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