I wanted to be able to call this film solarpunk. I wanted to like this movie and come away from it excited. Unfortunately, neither ended up being the case.
Rather than looking to the past and reimaging history into alternative futures, solarpunk looks directly into the future in search of something brighter.
If the futures we imagine aren’t accessible, and if they don’t go out of their way to include and make space for these communities, then the worlds we are building can’t by any right be called utopian.