Wednesday, May 03, 2006
Why I Won't See United 93
First off, even though my blog is a benevolent dictatorship of my own thoughts, passions and mental excursions, I like to engage (once in a while) in a healthy, well rounded debate. So before I post on this, if you like to hear Chris' take (which is opposite of mine), you can read his comments here, here and here -- what can I say? He's prolific! I was mowing my yard yesterday, with the headphones on and at the top of the hour the news came on, and they reported that Universal Studios had donated $1 to the United Flight 93 memorial fund. Apparenlty the studio had promised 10% of it's opening weekend revenue to the fund. Here are my two-and-a-half objections to the movie. 1. It feels dirty to me that some movie execs, actors, directors, etc. stand to make a load of cash out of this movie. Despite all the talk about this being an "important" film, I don't trust that Hollywood is that altruistic. The bottom line in Hollywood is profit. If it won't make somebody rich, Hollywood won't do it. Don't think for a minute that this film was made out of patriotic duty, or out of obligation to the families or any of the other nonsense that it's being promoted as. (ps: donating a measly $1 doesn't get any points with me either -- what doesn't that represent -- less than 1% of total profits? I'm not impressed.) If this really is an altruistic/patriotic venture for the movie studio, then let's make it a non-profit film -- there's a novel idea! 2. While I do think that some movies are important movies that shed important light on historical events (e.g. Schindler's List, Saving Private Ryan, etc.), I think there is a delicacy that's is demanded but seldom respected by the media/Hollywoods/publishing industry. This is a pastoral bent I have, but I remember Columbine where kids are crying their eyes out and in their moment of deepest grief, cameras where being pushed into their faces. 2.5. I'm revolting against some radio talk show hosts, pundits, writers etc. who would dare question my patriotism because I won't go see this movie. This issue could really heat me up, but I can be anti-war, anti-Bush, and not see this movie, and yet love the country I live in. In fact, I love my country in part because I CAN have the opinions I have. Rant over.
Posted by charlesdean2 at 9:31 AM