Starring Peter Dinklage and Elle Fanning, the movie is less interested in the apocalypse and more in what makes us human.
Post-apocalyptic stories, as a rule, are less about the end of the world and more about what it really is to be a human. Is it our capacity to think rationally and logically? Our drive to create civilizations? Our creative power? Our self-destructive streak?
Plenty of post-apocalyptic stories have posited answers like those. But two others show up in Reed Morano’s I Think We’re Alone Now: Our humanity lies in our ability to connect with one another, and in our ability (or perhaps inability) to escape the past. The film handles one of those themes more deftly than the other, but in the end it still adds up to an often moving meditation on what it really means to be human, packaged in one of the oldest post-apocalyptic subgenres: the story of the last man on earth.
I Think We’re Alone Now is about the last man on earth and the girl who finds him
The story (from a screenplay by Mike Makowsky) lies somewhere in the intersection of survival tale, relationship drama, and Black Mirror episode. It’s in good hands with Morano, who’s best known for her Emmy-winning work directing the first three episodes of Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale, itself a vision of a dystopian future with elements of a relationship drama.
Morano is also a highly respected cinematographer, and she both directed and shot I Think We’re Alone Now. The result is, of course, visually stunning, a movie that makes a nearly post-human world look like a symphony of colors, landscapes, and light.