QUOTE from a 12/17 USA Today Article Quoting Spielberg on Ready Player One]The '80s “had a refreshing lack of cynicism, and in our story, that’s what people are trying to return to,” Spielberg says.
Forgive the double post but search 'great films of the 80's' - and scroll across the films that Google isolates. It's hilarious just about every film listed is cynical except for the films that Mr. Spielberg had a role (and the last two Star Wars).
The Breakfast Club - Big Time cynical
Back to the Future
Die Hard - Big Time cynical
Ghostbusters - cynical (EPA and City inept)
Aliens - Big Time cynical
Ferris Bueller -- never have seen it but believe authority is presented cynically
Stand By Me
Blade Runner -- CYNICAL
Terminator -- Big Time Cynical
The Shining -- not really but pessimistic
Who Framed Roger Rabbit - never saw it
Platoon -- CYNICAL
The Princess Bride
Fast Times - never have seen it but same as Ferris above
Nightmare on Elm
Full Metal Jacket -- Cynical (don't we all have a little Animal Mother in us?)
Blue Velvet -- Cynical
Beverly Hills Cop -- Cynical
Top Gun -- gotta talk to Quentin Tarentino.
Sixteen Candles -- never saw it.
Return of the Jedi
A Christmas Story -- nostalgic cynicism
Do The Right Thing -- Woke (but optimistic?) cynicism
The Lost Boys -- cynical
Dirty Dancing -- never saw it
Weird Science -- never saw it
Scarface -- cynical
The Untouchables -- forgot it
Caddyshack -- cynical
Batman -- cynical
Heathers -- generation defining cynicism
Beetlejuice -- cynical
Raising Arizona -- cynical
Bill and Ted's -- never saw it but assume same as Ferris above
Blues Brothers -- not cynical except for Illinois Nazi's but karma intervenes for them, so not cynical
Anyway, I don't think he can say that '80's cinema was not cynical except for his own.