Last Saturday, I brought my younger brother to the movies.
Being the adrenaline-seeking youngster he is, I took him to see Thor: The Dark World. Chris Hemsworth was shirtless, and things blew up. So it was basically any Marvel movie.
I was sitting in the packed theater, watching this film, thinking, “Why in God’s name did I spend so much on this movie? Why does everyone love these movies so much?”
The only answer to these questions that I could think up were
- People are rich and have nothing better to spend it on.
- Everyone is a sadist, and when something explodes it’s exciting.
Now, perhaps I’m being an extreme cynic for criticizing the billion dollar series, but trust me, I have my reasons.
When I saw the delight in the eyes of the audience, I just wanted to barf. People in this movie were dying these horrible deaths. Then it occurred to me, audiences don’t believe in the harsh truth that is death. And I think the only reason I’ve been taking it so seriously in films recently is that two weeks ago, I saw Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution.
The short film/documentary follows the story of a young Syrian woman photographing the horrors occurring in Syria present day. She’s incredibly strong, and brave for venturing into the battle zone, as she confesses watching her best friend being shot by the military in front of her.
Something this real and this terrible reminds me of why I truly love film. Through movies, we are able to capture moments. Whether that moment is used to entertain, or inform, these moments are vital to existence. The fact that Hollywood today has become so commercialized scares me. There are filmmakers out there, fighting the good fight, and we as an American society are paying money to see stupid blockbuster films instead. My point is, next time you have ten bucks burning a hole in your pocket, refrain from films that will rot your brain.
On a side note, I’d like to strongly encourage everyone to donate to the relief effort in the Philippines. It’s a horrible event, and incredibly personal to me. So for the holidays, give a little back to the less fortunate.