Thursday, April 27, 2006

United 93: According to Salon

How funny. Nyarl & I both post on the same topic on the same day. I've got bad news. A substantial amount of Americans are not going to see this as a wake-up call. A substantial number are going to walk away from the film:

...I wish I could stamp out of my mind. What's the value of artistry that sucks the life out of you?

They're going to have "atavistic" reactions to the attack by the passengers on the hijacker and find these emotions unpleasant as opposed to ennervating. I read an article on this film a while back where the reviewer felt that this film would be a dividing line between those who clearly get what the war on terror is all about and those who don't. Clearly, Stephanie Zacharek doesn't. Still, from the sound of it, she gave the film a fair watching if she let her own emotional baggage get in the way of a fair reading.
The really bad news is the fever-swamp left and the alkali-desert right (I like those comparisons, they seem apt) have latched on to the film and are reading it the way they want to read it. Read the letters which follow the review. Which, from my film school background, has basis, but it's sad that they can't simply take it for what it is.


Nylarthotep said...

Who me? I didn't post that.

I'd say it's funny that both you and the geekWife did, but then again, you're both running on similar wavelengths on movies and terrorism

Granted said...

You know, I should have realized when I read "let's hope most Americans feel" whatever, 'cause you just don't give a rats pattootie what most Americans feel.