Sylvester Stallone is being obliged to defend his new hit movie, “The Expendables”, from a curious charge from the LA Times. It seems that “The Expendables” is far too pro American to suit the mainstream media.
According to the Hollywood Reporter:
“All that pro-American schmaltz where right is right and wrong is wrong should be left to country music and Fox News, not Hollywood,” suggests Steven Zeitchick in the Times article. He writes, “When times are confusing, we want movies to reflect that confusion, and even to make sense of it. But we probably don’t want to pretend that confusion doesn’t exist.”
To which Stallone responded, “I’m innocent. I didn’t do nuttin.”
Mind, Zteichick’s assertion is wrong on so many levels that it boggles the mind. First, the times are not confusing at all. People are quite clear about the times. We are assailed by economic chaos, the threat of terrorism, and a political class led by a President who are essentially clueless about what is wrong and how to fix things. If you don’t believe that, ask a Tea Party member.
Stallone’s “The Expendables” provides a fairly simple solution that has worked very often when evil people are busily doing the Devil’s business: shoot them in the face. That seems to work whether evil is incarnated by a narco dictator aided and abetted by a rogue ex CIA agent, an Al Qaeda terrorist, or a street criminal.
Indeed, Stallone suggested that is exactly the theme of “The Expendables.” “It’s pretty straight forward, You’re bad, you gotta go.”
Stallone suffered the same sort of slings and arrows about Rambo during the 1980s as he laughed all the way to the bank. The critics liked the first movie when the iconic hero was being abused by red neck sheriff’s deputies. But in the second movie, Rambo went back to South East Asia and essentially won the Vietnam War by himself after the fact. That, the critics complained, should not be allowed. Then in the third movie, Rambo went to Afghanistan and chased the Red Army out. (Almost true; the Soviets left within months of the movie’s release.)
The critics tut tuting about how “The Expendables” is just not the sort of movie that should be allowed in this age of Obama, the anti Rambo, really shows that there is a disconnect between the people who judge movies and the people who pay to see them.
Fortunately, though, “The Expendables” are cleaning up at the box office just as much as they did in the story. So we can expect to see them again. And may evil doers everywhere tremble in fear.
Sources ‘The Expendables’ Film Review, Mark R. Whittington, Associated Content, August 14th, 2010
Sylvester Stallone: U.S. ‘apologizes too much’, Paul Bond, The Hollywood Reporter, August 20th, 2010