Monday, March 06, 2006

Crash Backlash

Seems a lot of people are using Crash's Academy Award for Best Picture to point out how bad it was, and I don't get it. I didn't see any of the other movies (when did everyone start saying films?) nominated, so I can't really say whether it deserved to win, but I really enjoyed it. The main complaint I've seen is that it's too heavy handed in its message, which I definitely noticed, but it didn't bother me. The way I figure it, if you're dealing with such an incredibly simple concept, like racism is bad, and people obviously haven't gotten it yet, maybe you have to beat them over the head with it a little bit. I figured out a long time ago that most people aren't all that bright, so when a message is important, maybe it's not so bad to play to the lowest common denominator.

Anyway, I thought the movie was entertaining, and well intentioned, so I'm glad it won, even if there may have ben something better out there (and isn't there always?).

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Me4Prez said...

I also liked Crash. It was like a puzzle where you would get a piece and then you had to start looking again for the next one. It may have been a little heavy handed, but aren't most of us mature enough where you don't have to tiptoe around sensitive issues

Domino said...

Crash was a great flick, although I preferred Walk The Line.

Miranda said...

I thought Crash was ok, my kid owns it, I think Im going to have to watch it over again. Cuz I didnt think it was the greatest. Maybe I missed something.

Jenn said...

People were so ramped up to bash Brokeback that they had to find SOMETHING to do with their hate filled reviews! I loved Crash -- I was no expecting what we saw at all. I think we went in thinking it was light-hearted. So imagine the shock. I've heard the "oversimplifying a complicated issue" arguement and I disagree. I mean, it's a no brainer: hate is wrong...

Robert Bayn said...

Crash won because of the Academy Awards bias for anything California related, having said that, i have not seen any of these movies, and i probably never will, except maybe brokeback mountain when that comes out on DVD.

Storm said...

Whatever it was a movie or film (snort importantly while slightly titlting your head up). Actually most of what passes for entertainment causes me to snort and pinch my nose from the stench.

Does any one seriously think someone went into the theatre says I am a racist and afterwards what they had a Scrooge epiphany?

That would be like me going to see Brokeback and saying you know what adultery is a good thing.

Besides when did Hollywood appoint itself as my mentor and conscience?

Give me a Terminator mooooovie ad a bag of popcorn. If I want a mental challenge I will visit JRH or go to work. Oh that's right the mindless drones that Hollywood panders to do not have jobs.

beakerkin said...

Who cares about the Oscars? It is a bunch of self important people acting like jerks.

Now a nice demolition derby would get ratings. Who wants to rip out Simon Cowel's spleen would get ratings. I do not advocate violence but he is a jerk.

Robert Bayn said...

Beak,

I love Simon, actually me and him think alike, course i'am a Jerk.

Gary said...

I thought it was great, and I like the heavy-handed approach. Like Me4, I prefer a direct, less subtle approach to one that dances around the issue.

We (partner and myself) went to see Brokeback this weekend, and I have to say I am really glad we did. It was better than I would have expected. I knew little about it going into it, and left it keenly aware of the characters and the ideals of the film. This was no mere story they told; speaking from experience, this was very real for me. The way the characters were handled and the story told were dead on!

Needless to say, I was impressed by this movie. I think you will be too. It is so much more than a "gay" movie! So much more!