Watching “Nomadland” as “Easy Rider” in 2021

I really like this version of poster.

I could finally watch Nomadland for the first time after it won the best picture of Academy award. The title “nomadland” reminds me that it is the word that we should think of again from different perspectives especially in this collapsed capitalism era. Maybe we are living in the end of capitalism world. There are so many bullshit jobs and meaningless ways of life depending on capitalism. People or families are divided into tiny pieces enough to enrich company’s benefits as much as possible, and more people are connected online, physically people were more disconnected. Such a disappointing world we live, sometimes I feel. The world became so complicated that nobody wants to live anymore.

Therefore, the title of it “Nomadland” really intrigued me. No idea I had about the information before watching it, the movie was exactly the movie I imagined. It was kind of an “Easy Rider” 2021 revised ver. as depressing but hopeful way. The both were road movies, in which you feel like you are able to see the real America. A woman in her 60s, after losing everything in the Great Recession in 2008, embarks on a journey through the American West, living as a van-dwelling modern-day nomad.

Bob: One of the things I love most about this life is that there’s no final goodbye. You know, I’ve met hundreds of people out here and I don’t even say a final goodbye. I always just say, “I’ll see you down the road.” And I do. And whether it’s a month, or a year, or sometimes years, I see them again.

A favorite quote from Nomadland

This film doesn’t seem to have an actual plot or storyline. We will watch the circle of Fern (the protagonist)’s life. The circle that seems to continue forever, but really fragile. The vans many characters use would be symbols of their lives. One of the character describes Fern’s van as “Ratty”, and she really got upset, that is because she thought the van is the same to her. The old van which had weathered bumpy roads must be a metaphor of her life. It is easier driving with vans than driving with motorbike though, something is uneasy in today’s world, that is what I could see thanks to the movie.

Author: Tomoharu Watanabe

Hi there. I'm 28 years old Japanese guy who currently live in northern part of Japan; Hokkaido, and a high school English teacher. Love reading books and watching movies and especially traveling around the world. Playing the guitar and kendo (Japanese traditional martial arts) is also my pastime.

2 thoughts on “Watching “Nomadland” as “Easy Rider” in 2021”

  1. “The world became so complicated that nobody wants to live anymore.” Is too true. I really faced the reality of this when I couldn’t get a job after I graduated college.
    “Go to college or else you’ll end up working in a factory” And I would imagine like, 1900s factories where people are losing limbs, working in freezing or boiling hot temperatures and never get a day off.
    “Go to college or else you’ll end up working in a factory”
    “Go to college or else you’ll end up working in a factory”
    “Go to college or else you’ll end up working in a factory”

    I went to college- and I never took a vacation. Over my school holidays, on weekends, I was working or doing volunteer trips- not because I had to but because they said I need to have a good resume to get a job. I never partied, I never had fun, and I would look down on people who did like, “They’re never going to get anywhere.”
    Then I graduated college and the only job I could get was in a factory.
    And actually I realized that job isn’t too bad. The pay sucked, but the working conditions weren’t what I pictured.
    All the same, I think the system is broken. I did everything I was “supposed to” and it still didn’t work out. That was a pretty dark time for me, and that’s what I was left with “The world is too complicated.”

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    1. Wow… is that really true story? Then, it is totally bulls**t. You are the most energetic, communicative, friendly, skillful, and smartest ALT I have ever met. So please don’t underestimate yourself. I really mean it. These days I seriously began to wonder if I’m living in the end of capitalism. And this covid crisis seems a terminal symptoms for our today’s society. And then I think we should do what we really want to do. At least you cannot regret by doing so.

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