Two movies, tons of inspiration, and tons more of negative reviews
“Suffering itself is not a virtue; one’s fight against suffering is.”—Ayn Rand
There are two movies out right now that are inspirational beyond belief. One is a true story. The other is the first third of a (fictional) novel that’s been called the second-most admired book ever writen, just before The Bible. Both are being hammered by critics: The true story ranks a dismal 53% on Rotten Tomatoes. The first third of the novel story ranks a near-all-time-low of 6%. To put that 6% in perspective, the only movie I could immediately find reviewed lower was “The Hottie and the Nottie,” a Paris Hilton vehicle that was a gross-out comedy rip-off of Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew” that came in at only one point lower: 5%. Something is wrong here, for a number of reasons…not the least of which is that the two films I want to talk about have many idealogical differences. Yet they say a great deal about what is acceptable in Hollywood and mainstream media today, and what is not.
I’ll start with the true-life story first. About 8 yrears ago—some of you might remember this on the news or Google—13-year old surfer sensation Bethany Hamilton was attacked by a shark. She lost nearly all of her left arm, 60% of her blood, and nearly her life. A quick link to the true-life tale, via Wikipedia:
A movie—Soul Surfer—was made, and recently came out documenting her incredible ordeal and comeback. Inspirational, right? A 13-year old surfer girl gets her arm bitten off by a shark, survives, and still manages to become a champion surfer? With just one freakin’ arm? How in the world did she learn to balance on a surfboard with only her right arm? After all, think about it: Her weight equilibrium is permanently off-balance. But she managed all the same. Again, inspirational? Not according to reviews of the movie. They take issue with the “inspirational” part, because Bethany’s Christian faith pulled her through. Read the reviews here:
OK, maybe 53% isn’t too bad? But what about the movie that only had 6% of good reviews? Was it also about someone with Christian faith, who used that faith under dire circumstances? No…it was about main characters who are athiests, from one of the most prominent athiests of the 20th century. It’s the movie no one thought could ever be made…from a novel that appeared in 1957, and is now #21 on Amazon’s best=seller list, despite having been published 54 years ago. It is Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged.
So does Hollywood embrace the faithless? Well they do NOT, if the faithless are also indivuidualists and capitalists. And Ayn Rand’s characters unapologetically are individualists and capitalists:
It’s no wonder this pathetic culture loved The Beatles so much. John Lennon’s arguably most famous and most-loved song is Imagine:
“Imagine there’s no Heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today ....
Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world”
Sound like any President driving our country to bankruptcy, and a culture that devalues the individual, whether religious, courageous, ambitious, successful, or any combination thereof??? It’s practically The Communist Manifesto put to music, and no doubt why the elitist Left in Hollywood hate both movies I’ve mentioned. Condemn a mosque at Ground Zero? Politically incorrect. Condemn someone whose Christian faith pulled her from a near-death shark attack to champion? Well of course. Condemn individualists and capitalists who don’t have that hokey religion just condemned for the surfer girl? Well, of course.
The mainstream culture in this country is pathetic. We embrace all who are not our own, yet condemn our strengths, our ideals that built us from the 1700s. We embrace philosophies—socialism, communism—that have historically been proven to fail. We cherish rugged, handsome murderers (Che Guevera, anyone?) and condemn a Russian immigrant who escaped the Bolshevik Revolution and came to this country, penniless, and went on to inspire millions (that would be Ayn Rand). We condemn a movie about a courageous 13-year old, because she’s Christian, yet condemn anyone anywhere that condemns any religions outside Christianity (don’t condemn the Mosque, don’t burn the Koran, censor South Park…do I need to go on???).
Pathetic.[ Edited: 25 April 2011 11:55 PM by mrmwebmax ]
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