Violence in movies….
Far be it for me to turn this fun blog into something political. I really do not want to do that. Although I cannot turn on the news, read a newspaper or browse Facebook without running into the gun control debate that is not a debate I want to bring up here. One point in the debate does have relevance here, and that is the charge that Hollywood movies are part of the blame in creating a generation of people prone to violence. I think cause and effect are complex subjects and I think the question itself is an overgeneralization and demonstrates black and white thinking. So I want to bring it closer to home and discuss my feelings about violent movies. The Newtown shootings did have me evaluating my enjoyment of violent movies and I have found myself a little less comfortable with certain types of violence.
I have enjoyed movies such as Goodfellas, The Godfather, the lethal Weapon franchise, the Die Hard franchise. Heck, I am a huge Godzilla fan which has the destruction of major cities in every movie. So I had to ask myself why is watching violence so enjoyable? Are we desensitized to violence? I don’t think so. I think the bottom line is that we know that the violence in movies is not real. I think there is a part of our psyche that does know the difference between violence and reality. I think that is the way it is for most people.
We are an aggressive species. We do have violent tendencies and anger is a problem for a lot of people and it can take a life time for some to learn how to manage that volatile emotion. Many episodes from the original Star Trek series addressed mans violence and the show wanted depict human society as having become less violent. It is something I hope that does happen although I am not holding my breath. On the other hand, as I have read my history, I think we are less violent to some degree.
I find that as I have gotten older I am enjoying movies that are not to dark and depressing. I watch movies to be entertained and therefore these movies need to have some humor and light moments to them and not take themselves to seriously. So I find myself moving away from films that are too dark and violent. I have no desire to see Djano Unchained because of that. I recently watched the new Total Recall movie. The original was rated R and very violent while the new movie was rated PG-13 and toned down the violence. I liked that aspect of it.
So I probably will always enjoy car chases, phaser battles, sword fights, explosions, monster’s fighting and the occasional gun battle. I just want those movies to not celebrate violence. I still want these movies to be fun and enjoyable.
Thanks for reading my little rant, and I will be back on Friday with a return to the final movies in my Godzilla series.
Posted on January 23, 2013, in Captain's Log... and tagged Action Movies, Godzilla, Goodfellas, Leonard Nimoy, Lethal Weapon, Star Trek, The Godfather, violence, William Shatner. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.