We may look cool in our selfies after the fact, but to an outsider watching us take our selfies, we probably look the opposite. This video from the Russian television network TNT Russia uses clips from famous movies to show us just how silly it seems when someone pauses everything to flash a duckface at their smartphone. Especially during major, life-altering moments. Y’know, prime selfie time!
Thanks to some sly CG work, the makers of this video manage to illustrate our vainglorious obsession by inserting a selfie-snapping hand into iconic cinematic moments. When Edward Cullen bears his chest to the sun in Twilight: New Moon, he commemorates the occasion with a selfie. Batman and Indiana Jones document their heroics with a couple quick selfies, while Gandalf, Gollum and Voldemort can’t resist the urge to selfie, either. And when Jim Carrey first turns into The Mask, no one can sssstop him from snagging a selfie in his bathroom mirror.
We’re not saying selfies can’t be fun. But if we were Neo, and it was that scene from The Matrix when hundreds of bullets were headed our way, we’d probably prioritize survival over narcissism. And on a smaller scale, this video reminds us that there’s something to be said for just living in the moment—rather than also immortalizing that moment via social media.
Still, it would be pretty awesome if The Mask had Instagram.