Musing on the movie, The Avengers

Went to The Avengers–mainly because I wanted popcorn–and was struck by the way Hollywood is presenting American characters these days. Ten years ago, the Liberal movers & shakers were obsessed with their hatred of George Bush, the Mideast wars, and our military. George Clooney, Matt Damon, Reese Witherspoon, Jamie Foxx, Tommy Lee Jones (to name a few) all starred in vehicles portraying our government–the military in particular–as deceitful and brutal. They wrung their hands over the innocent terrorists being hurt or killed. They were passionate in declaring their belief that all the world’s problems and the attacks on the USA were our government’s fault. They proudly held themselves up as patriots for daring to show the CIA for what they were–torturers and murderers. The movies all bombed. I’m still puzzled by Avatar. The bad guys were American businessmen and the military and it still made a fortune; maybe because of the use of new technology and the marketing campaign. I noticed that when they re-released Avatar last year nobody went to see it. Now we have the Avengers. The Capt. America character was movingly portrayed as a soldier, very aware of his limitations, humble in his aspirations, and very alive to the fact that he’s a figure of ridicule because of his belief in the goodness of his country. Even smartass Robert Downey Jr’s character finally admits that maybe old-fashioned patriotism might be needed now. I almost dropped my popcorn. A movie not trashing America and the military? Wow. And it’s making a fortune. Apparently, the world is ready to see a movie about the decency and worth of America. I was touched. But I’m still not ready to forgive the Fondas, Clooneys, Damons, and Witherspoons (and she’s the descendant of a signer of the Declaration of Independence! He must be rolling in his grave). I think the only reason they’re admitting error is because they’re not making any money. Their movies were used as propaganda by the enemy and made the war much more difficult for our kids in the field…all so they could feel important. It’s their First Amendment Right to make these kinds of movies; our kids did their jobs in Iraq and Afghanistan in spite of them. But there are consequences. The Loyal Opposition has always found a way to express disagreement with an Administration or a policy–but serving the enemy is not one of them. Shunning has always been the most potent punishment in the US. Being ignored must be the worst thing in the world for such self-absorbed silly people. Of course, the fact that they make lousy movies might have something to do with their lack of success. Whatever. The marketplace is working.

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About Barbara Schnell

I've dedicated my life to full-time employment avoidance. I've been an actress, renovated a 1921 California Bungalow, set a cash-winning record on $25,000 Pyramid, and came in last on Jeopardy. I live in Los Angeles with my patient husband and two cats.
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