Must Every Movie Have a Political Message?

From a review of Shooter by Dana Stevens on Slate:

 Though much of the action in Shooter is beautifully photographed, the movie’s force is as a blunt instrument of metaphor. Shooter is a video-game-fantasy version of the 2006 midterm elections, a howl of rage at the hypocrisy of the Bush presidency and the Iraq war (not that either is ever mentioned by name). The Dirty Harry-style villain in Shooter—the punk looking to make Bob Swagger’s day—is none other than the U.S. government, as embodied by an unctuous retired colonel (Danny Glover) and a Machiavellian senator from Montana (Ned Beatty). Beatty’s character—a ham-faced amateur hunter who’s quite frank about his allegiance to big money–can’t help but recall a certain Wyoming congressman turned vice president.

I haven’t seen the movie so I can’t really judge the accuracy of this assessment. But people seem to find political messages in movies a lot of times when it’s really just an action film meant merely to entertain, I think. For example, I thought 300 had nothing to do with present-day politics, unlike others, and the discussions about Revenge of the Sith were pretty ridiculous too. Sometimes it’s better to sit back and just enjoy the explosions, people.


One Response to Must Every Movie Have a Political Message?

  1. […] hope Dana Stevens is being sarcastic there (I’ve noted this tendency in her work […]

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