There’s no shortage of people endlessly complaining about how horrible they believe 2016 has been, and, on the surface, their angst is understandable.
From the slew of celebrity deaths to a contentious presidential election that practically consumed the nation in anger and consternation, many view the past 12 months as having been a bit tougher and rougher than normal.
And a new mock movie trailer for a fake film called “2016: The Movie” is seizing upon those lamentations. Produced by Friend Dog Studios, the more than 2-minute video mixes together peoples’ most common complaints about the past year and frames them in the context of a horror film, showing characters increasingly terrified by various happenings.
The trailer starts by showing its characters — initially full of hope — ringing in the New Year on Dec. 31, 2015. Then, things quickly turn dark, as people are forced to cope with domestic and international events that disturb and startle them.
“It’s been kind of weird around here lately. Things just don’t feel normal,” one of the female characters proclaims. A male then responds, “It’s like things you’d never expect are happening everywhere.”
From there, the plot — which has a bit of a left-of-center bent — brings in Harambe (the gorilla infamously shot dead at the Cincinnati Zoo), phone explosions, Brexit, the presidential election, Carrie Fisher’s death and plenty more:
While the “2016” trailer certainly captures some of the negative aspects of the past 12 months — and delivers some laughs along the way — it’s worth noting that there’s something missing from the cultural discussion of late. People have spent a great deal of time sounding off about the negative aspects of the year, but few have focused on the good that has abounded.
After all, 2016 wasn’t totally horrible. From the stunning athletics on display at the summer Olympics to a breakthrough in Lou Gehrig’s disease research, there’s still much to be thankful for.
And in the spirit of looking at the glass as being half full, we’re encouraging everyone to share at least three of the positive moments, events or happenings that unfolded in their own lives this year.
The good this year: Good family health, published my first book, job change, learning to follow God more fervently. You? #2016goodness
— Billy Hallowell (@BillyHallowell) December 30, 2016
So, it’s your turn. Take to social media and let us know some of the good things you saw happen in 2016.
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