Escape From Tomorrow (2013) and Fragile Masculinity

by robinhardwick

The Unwatchables

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There is a lot to say about what this film “means” and what it is “about”- read any message board or blog comments and you’ll get your variety of theories, among them the breakdown of the family unit, the power of imagination, descent into madness…all the topic avid film over-analyzers love. Despite the strange, non-narrative second act, too me,  it is painfully obvious in my mind that Escape From Tomorrow is ultimately about the loss of masculinity. There’s a war on men, haven’t you heard? I can’t exactly feel excited about such an anti-feminist sentiment, but some good cinematography and absurd story arcs would make me certainly want to watch it.

The intrigue of how this film was made will always outshine the content. The director filmed most of it at Walt Disney World and Disneyland without permission (not as if they would give him permission anyway), using iphone cameras and…

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