Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome was on TV, and I turned it on just in time to catch the great monologue that one of the children has. They’ve manufactured this great mythology about a nuclear strike and a crashed plane, all in a quaint Aussie accent. It’s full of great, incorrect terms like “pocaclypse” and “highscrapers”. Created ritual in film would make for an excellent Masters thesis for somebody.
I was reminded of this scene while watching the underwhelming Reign of Fire, another post-apocalyptic film. In this scene, a couple of the adults are entertaining the children with a sort of serialized play. What play do they choose? Empire Strikes Back, of course. If I got twenty strangers together from different parts of the world, what story would we collectively know better than Star Wars?