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'World War Z' as a Ken Burns Doc is Fun, Weirdly Invokes Nostalgia


Simply by virtue of people on the internet having a lot of free time, something like "World War Z" becoming a Ken Burns documentary was kind of bound to happen — or at least, its existence, embedded above, is certainly not at all surprising. Also predictably, it doesn't disappoint.

What's significantly more unpredictable is the amount of nostalgia it invokes within you while watching it, as if we've all seriously lived through this zombie war and it still naturally takes a lot out of us to hear first-person accounts of the carnage. As you're watching, it begins to almost turn into a social experiment of sorts: What is the most absurd, thoroughly fictional topic that still can invoke a weird sense of nostalgia if someone just puts light, inspiring music behind stills of war as various narrators recount their respective experiences of the (not real) event?

I'm beginning to think that Ken Burns can make us feel anything for anyone. I demand a fake Ken Burns documentary about the plight of the storm troopers as the Death Star is attacked.

"'All of a sudden, this bowl-cutted pansy shot my friend, and then he shot me. And I lay there, scared, and confused.' Jim the Stormtrooper, Cell Block 1138."

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