Monday, May 18, 2009
Saw a movie...found it offensive
I watched The Reader on pay per view this weekend. Kate Winslet won the Oscar for this one. I found it offensive. It wasn't offensive because of the sex scenes. Actually the sex was integral to the storyline between the 18 year old boy and the 36 year old woman...graphic but not offensive...it had a point. What was offensive was how this story could possibly be seen as an ethical dilemma worthy to be contemplated. And I hated being made to empathize with Kate's character as a former Nazi death camp guard....because I never did empathize. So she has this big secret? What could it be? Well it certainly was not worth what she did to keep it hidden. She was a predator...she preyed on the weakness of young boy character and she preyed on the female victims in the concentration camp for her own benefit...to hide her own insecurities and weaknesses...which can be seen as nothing more than arrogance of the most disgusting kind. She used the boy and the victims in the camps to teach her to read...and for this we make a movie and thank the movie for being such a great think piece...is that what Holocaust movies have become? That's why I was offended. I hope the writer did not think this woman's actions were up for serious debate as to whether someone else might have done the same? UHHH...YEAH most people would have done differently. Unbelievable. Of course because of people like her...Hitler road in...got elected and got away with it...that happens in a world without absolutes. I know my old ethics teacher would have made us watch this movie as THE example of situational ethics...which is a dead theory now...WHY? because it doesn't work. As soon as it ended, I bought Marley and Me on Pay Per View...to make up for this bad choice.
Posted by Tonto at 3:10 PM