Last nightâ€™s Red Eye discussed how Hollywood films like to use certain kinds of villains over others.Â Host Greg Gutfeld has a beef with the new “Rambo,” “GI Joe,” and Quentin Tarantinoâ€™s “Inglourious Basterds.”
According to Gutfeld:
â€œThese three films have two things in common.Â They avoid present real danger in the world and choose villains that are not just safe but politically correct to hate.â€
On some level this is true.Â The film industry, like any other business, generally wants to appeal to the largest audience possible.Â Picking â€œsafeâ€ enemies is one way to do that.Â As far as the new “Rambo” film, Stallone is just playing it safe because he must.Â He does not have much of a career left — just let it slide, Greg.Â As for the monumentally crappy “GI Joe,” let’s not even get into that can of worms.
â€œYouâ€™d think it would be easy for Quentin Tarantino to find a present-day enemy for the Jews (like, say, a terrorist group that denies the Holocaust and wants to wipe Israel off the map), but maybe none exist!â€
With the politics surrounding Hollywood, one thing people have to understand is that not every filmmaker thinks he or she is a politician.Â They donâ€™t all want to make political statements with their films.Â Quentin Tarantino is one of those people. All of his films have remained entirely apolitical.Â His only concern is making a great film rather than making a political statement.
FOX News anchor Lauren Sivan said this of the film:
â€œThe Jews finally have a movie where weâ€™re depicted as heroic and you guys just dump all over it.Â Give us something!â€
I am surprisedÂ by some of the backlash from this film.Â For the record, both my NewsReal colleague David Swindle and I loved it.Â Maybe those who pan it just donâ€™t enjoy Tarantino films.Â They may also just be grouping him with the usual Hollywood crazies, which isnâ€™t fair.Â Tarantino is no Oliver Stone.
Gutfeld also said:
â€œIt is distasteful to consider a battle between good and evil if itâ€™s happening now, because then you have to choose sides.â€
There is some obvious merit to this statement.Â With the current economy, filmmakers donâ€™t want to risk losing any potential audience.Â Even when ticket sales are up, filmmakers may not want to pick sides on an issue.Â Hollywood doesnâ€™t always like a clear line between good and evil, so in order to lock a distributor, a director might keepÂ his or herÂ politics ambiguous (especially ifÂ those politicsÂ are right of center).
I would certainly love to see some more films clearly takingÂ sides in the war on terror. However, a great film does not necessarily have to pick political sides with contemporary issues.Â “Inglourious Basterds” is an ideal example.