Friday, April 01, 2005
I was expecting people to hate the movie for its nihilism and its horrific violence--from the right, as it were. It has the standard Hollywood Christians-are-corrupt message right up front, like every other Hollywood movie. But at least this one is a noir, and in a noir everyone is corrupt, so I could suspend my hatred for the cliche.
But then I found this lovely hissyfit from the famously lefty Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Sitting through the thing, watching scene after scene in which I was being asked to be entertained by the spectacle of helpless people being tortured, I kept thinking of those clean-cut young American guards at Abu Ghraib. That is exactly the mentality Rodriguez is celebrating here. "Sin City" is their movie.
That one left me speechless.