Okay, time to dust off the soapbox…because something does not add up.
Case in point:
I recently viewed a “children’s movie”, “The Lost Medallion.” Afterward, I watched in Special Features, a message from the co-writer/director who proceeded to say and I quote: “This is an Indiana Jones style movie for children with no objectable content in it, in the way of sexual immorality.”
Gee, that is great. And, the murders and threat of torture in this great movie for children are NOT immoral? Hello? The above quote of Jack Nicholson says it all.
When does violence become an okay content for children? This movie is rated PG and I find it interesting that they even have a term for cleaning up the description of violence: “Rated PG for adventure violence and action.” Yeah right, adventure violence.
Does that clean it up and package it in a way that it doesn’t hurt so much because the violence is an adventure? Let’s see, “Adventure violence” when a child watching this movie: sees a human murder another human, not once or twice but many times. And, the threat of setting fire to a pyre, of which, a young boy is staked out (I believe that is torture) or the killing of an innocent old man. And, this is: “adventure violence” and, that is acceptable viewing for a young child? Hell no! (rated R for language)
This movie needs to be rated R: for violence, torture and cruelty. However, I know there has to be a count of so many of these incidents in a movie before it becomes an R movie. Yeah right.
For the most part, I write this blog to share life events by looking at the negatives that show up and turn them around to see the gift, lesson or positive message. This is one time I am unable to do that.
I am going to end with another quote. "Each time a person stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, they send forth a tiny ripple of hope... These ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance." -Robert F. Kennedy
Sounds good, I can only dream of a world where we love, respect and our movies reflect these traits for a young mind to learn from.
My soap box is now in storage.