A Weekly Column
By Joseph Walker
“I can’t believe it,” he said. “I thought for sure you would have seen it by now.”
“Well, I haven’t,” I said. “Sorry.”
“But this movie will be an Oscar-winner! Two thumbs way up!”
My indifference seemed to frustrate him. “So that means it’s an important movie, maybe one of the most important movies of our time!” he explained. “You need to see it!”
Now it was my turn to be incredulous.
“I’m sorry,” I continued, “but I just have a hard time putting the words `movie’ and `important’ together in the same sentence. I mean, a movie is... well... a movie.”
“But this is more than a movie,” he said. “This movie is an experience.”
“I’m sure it’s powerful,” I said. “It’s just not something I want to see.”
He eyed me suspiciously. “It’s the R-rating thing, isn’t it?” he asked.
“The rating is part of it,” I admitted. “Look, I’ve heard all about this movie. How could I not? It’s all anyone is talking about. And you know how I feel about the subject of the movie. It’s something that’s very important to me. I just don’t want to see a movie about it.”
“But this isn’t just any movie . . .”
“Even if it’s the greatest movie that will ever be
made, it’s still just a movie. And
believe it or not,
While entertainment and entertainers can be . . . you
know . . . entertaining, I can’t help but be concerned when I see a generation
of young people who resent being asked to do anything that isn’t “fun.” I wonder what it says about our values when
entertainment is considered “important.”
And I worry about the long-term implications for a culture that esteems
entertainment so highly (do the words “
I know, I know.
I shouldn’t worry about such things.
Believe me, I don’t do it because it’s
entertaining. I only do it because it’s .
. . you know . . . important.
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