I will keep this (as) brief (as possible). I didn’t want to do this, but I have to. I have to!!! !! Look how many exclamation points! Here comes a quick post in defense of Chappie, because everyone is tearing it apart and It’s Just Not Fair!~~!!!!!
Elysium disappointed me, because I wanted it to be something that it wasn’t. Then, when I saw Interstellar, I got what I had wanted Elysium to be. They’re obviously really different stories. What I mean is that I was expecting a feeling from Elysium that I just didn’t get.
I love the end of the world. I love it. It makes me feel sick, but I love it. It’s going to happen. It has to happen. I probably won’t get to see it. Maybe I will? I love thinking about it. I love imagining what it will be like…the events leading up to it, how those events might change if one thing gets done differently. Thousands of alternate timelines! Some intersect! Some don’t! This is not what you’re here to read about!
When Neill apologized for Elysium, I thought that meant that Chappie was gonna be what it was advertised as. But it wasn’t what was advertised at all! Instead, Chappie was cute, and fun, and funny, and new, and there were robots, robots, robots. Was it perfect? Nothing’s perfect. You’re being silly.
Chappie has a heavy message hidden within an extremely palatable story. It touches on so many of my favorite topics! Human nature, ethics, technology, war, AI, religion, politics, government, corporations, The Future, LOVE!!!! The ways they all naturally overlap, the ways we force them to overlap…you get the picture. But you don’t have to worry about all that when you watch Chappie. You don’t have to chart a thousand different timelines and figure out the continuity 100 years back and forward. You don’t have to leave the theater feeling like you’re going to puke the way you did after Interstellar, because that’s not what Chappie is.
Chappie is just a story about life and relationships. WITH ROBOTS. There is a motivational cat poster. There are unlikely heroes. There are robots. There are robots. There are robots. Different types of robots. One of the robots is called MOOSE. It flies, and its little legs dangle stupidly as it does. There’s a rubber chicken. There’s another rubber chicken.
This light-hearted approach to storytelling in a fantastical setting is what I like to call Incidental Sci-Fi, and it pleases me greatly. Chappie is a very relateable, very simple story, and it happens to be set in a world with robots. It’s an imagining of how the things that we are familiar with would go down in a place that we are not familiar with.
And there’s room for that, god damn it! There’s room for everyone’s stories!
Maybe that’s the crux of my opinion. Maybe I feel like Chappie was worth writing, worth telling, worth seeing, because I have to tell myself every single day that my story (a story with averymuchlot in common with Chappie) is worth telling, too…
If you don’t like Chappie, and you wanna sit there and blast its feefees into dust, fine. But I think the world would be a better place if you sat down and turned it into what do you want instead. Take the parts you like and the parts you don’t and add, and subtract, and get your smell all over them. Go ahead! No one’s stopping you! You tell your robot story the way you like it.
I have so much more to say, but I’m gonna leave it at that. I really, actually, truly am quite busy.
In closing, if you like The Goonies, or Back to The Future, or Community, or Adventure Time, then I think you should give Chappie a try.