11/09/2007

Michael Clayton - a comment


Jim and I went to see Michael Clayton. The reviews have been good. We have talked to people who recommended it. It was fast paced, emotional, well acted, violent, and disturbing.

I left the theater feeling that I had been drawn in as a viewer-participant in a cold blooded murder of one of the characters - - it left me unsettled. And asking questions about whether this is the kind of thing I want to come in and watch. Do I need that in my life? How will that change my take on or understanding of the world and life?

Like someone being mesmerized by a cobra, I sat and watched it. Until I shook myself out of the trance. Have I become so desensitized to violence that I can watch close up as a human being injects something lethal between a person's vulnerable bare toes - human beings coolly killing another human being because it is an expedient thing to do - its not personal; its business.

While I munch popcorn and sip Coke. This is entertainment?

I don't need that.
Better to cook popcorn at home and eat it while watching a classic film on TCM.

4 comments:

Granny Sue said...

Nor do I, Ellouise. As you know, that's why the TV left my home. Your post is a thoughtful examination of what "entertainment" has become, and I find it a frightening commentary on our current society.

Perhaps there will be a backlash--I talk to many people who are as tired as we are of violence and mayhem entering their lives in the guise of entertainment. I'm a fairly average person--what I feel is often very similar the the general public. I hope that holds true in this case, and that people will begin to take control over what they view and listen to, and choose entertainment that enriches our world instead of demeaning it.

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