OBLIVION – A Whiter Shade Of Pale

UntitledEarth, before the war. Oblivion, before I was born. A place I’ve only seen pictures. I know you, but we’ve never met. I’m with you, but I don’t know your name. I know I’m dreamin’ but it feels like more than that. Feels like memory, how can that be? (Jack Harper 青い影). I loved this tune from the first intro that was played on organ by Procol Harum. The song has a nautical theme filled with images of a mermaid on shore leave, Neptune and vestal virgins. Some claimed the song was about the sinking of the Titanic when the passengers realized their doomed fate. So their face just turned a whiter shade of pale. While others say it is in a state of drunkeness of a couple who meet at tavern to get one night stand after negotiation. Then I watched Tom Cruise sci-fi movie Oblivion (2013) and noticed the song playing in the background. As if to show that it wasn’t accidental, the song not only occupied more than a minute of screen time. It actually made into the movie’s dialogue and might describe the whole movie perfectly. Shot in whites, silvers, and quite grays, and the content is pretty pale too. The year is 2077, humans have taken up residence on one of Jupiter’s moons after a big war. Aliens invaded Earth and destroyed the moon. Commander Jack Harper (Tom Cruise) is a Tech, a sort of futuristic auto-body mechanic in a silver suit with silver gun, still on Earth. Although Jack’s memory has been erased, he recurrently dreams of proposing to Julia (Olga Kurylenko) on top of the Empire State Building. This woman one day crash-lands into his reality in one of space-pod thingies, and yes white. Why do you feel like you’ve seen all of this before? Is Jack cloned, why are there a few of him? Is it memory, or it’s just a fandango? So you’ll need to turn a whiter shade of pale to find these questions with another questions.

Salah satu film romantis namun pucat bak mayat. Berpotensi rumit misalnya Oblivion kuanggap siklus Taman Eden berikut mitos Adam dan Hawa (konsep Lemuria), kiamat adalah kelahiran baru. Maka yang dijuluki lelaki awal, sebetulnya hasil kloning species Pithecanthropus dgn DNA Alien. Wuush muncul Adam sbg moyang bagi kerabat Homo Erectus dan seterusnya. Proses revolusi tanpa bukti sekaligus gak dapat diterangkan ini, maka sebut saja Missing Link. Orang beragama bilang, sim salabim, kun fayakun, dst. Adapun Hawa, atau Eva, ternyata mewakili dua entitas perempuan. Pertama sbg alien duta pemantau. Entah kenapa aku selalu beranggapan bahwa segala Alien, malaikat, bahkan Tuhan, cenderung feminim. Maka ada istilah Ibu Pertiwi atau Mother Earth. Kedua, perempuan yg juga hasil kloning dari rusuk Adam sehingga mereka identik sbg sepasang manusia pertama. Namun selanjutnya timbul konflik khas perempuan. Si Eva pertama (alien) jadi cemburu terhadap Eva kloning. Sementara si Adam yg keturunan monyet bebal tapi punya spirit sok pahlawan, ya nyantai aja menanggapi konflik abadi antara spesies feminim tsb. Lelaki cuma patroli muter2, maen basket. Atau ngoprek2 koleksi lagu, baca koran, rebahan di tepi danau. Begitulah tipikal kita, hingga kini.
oblSekarang fokus ke lagu di film yg bikin ngiler. Selain Ramble On milik Led Zeppelin hilir mudik, lalu A Whiter Shade Of Pale sampai dua kali muncul. Juga penampakkan koleksi PH jadul. Ada Duran Duran, sampul Exile On Main Street hingga The Wall-nya PF, jelas amat disengaja. Mungkin ada lagi pesan terselubung nih, bagi lelaki yg sok paham musik plus tetek bengek romantisnya. Dunia boleh kiamat bolak balik, fisik lelaki boleh mati sekian kali asalkan emosi dan memori tetap kembali, gak ada persoalan. Itulah makna Oblivion, terlupakan lalu butuh hal romantisme untuk mengembalikan tiap kenangan, lewat musik misalnya. Don’t worry be happy. Pokoknya saban A Whiter Shade Of Pale masih mengalun, maka biarkan saja para perempuan terus sibuk adu dendam akibat cemburu. Dunia lelaki sejak Pithecanthropus hingga Homo Sapiens selalu baik2 saja. Procol Harum seolah jodoh dgn Oblivion, dilakoni lelaki yg emang pantas bikin semua perempuan pengen ribut. Selain faktor doi seorang Scientology, juga doyan Claro alias Klasik Rock era 60an. Salah satu tonggak budaya terpenting di milenium ini. *That her face at first just ghostly .. turned a Whiter Shade of Pale*

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