Thursday, April 27, 2006Jeffrey Overstreet has this to say about United 93:
"I agree with Schwarzbaum. There is no "SHOULD" here. For some it will be rewarding. For others, it would only tear scabs off of wounds."
Thank heavens we didn't have that pathetic attitude towards Pearl Harbor, or else we'd have lost that war. The notion that we must avoid this sort of thing is, dare I say, weak. I'll not see my children raised in a world where we remain afraid to confront the realities and threats posed by an unrelenting enemy.
John Podhoretz offers this review of the movie, saying:
"There's a lot of talk about whether Americans are "ready" to see a movie about 9/11. Some of that talk is doubtless due to the same attitude that says Americans can't possibly stomach seeing footage of the crashes, or the buildings falling. Such infantilization is an insult both to Americans, who are perfectly capable of handling such things, and to the memories of those who perished in the attacks, whose public murders are being treated as though they had been quiet and private deaths."
Yes. The notion that we are "not ready" is indeed insulting.