Brutal Sentimentality

I just saw X-Men 2. Again I am disgusted by the brutal sentimentality of Hollywood film – values which place the life and death of a single person above the murder and mayhem which surround them. Nevermind that the other characters – good, bad, innocent – have suffered. Never mind that enemies have been killed without a second thought merely because they are enemies, and the innocent left to die because they somehow end up on the wrong side of a law which says the heroes are inviolate, and all who stand between them and success worth nothing.

Then a hero dies, and everyone is tears and sadness as if only then they realize life can be lost. But they remain blind to the world; their minds never pass over the suffering they cause.

Glory in death if you must. Don’t pretend it is something better.

2004-08-21

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