OscarGuy wrote:I don't know if I'd say this is the first important dramatic film directed by a woman. Yes, many of the previous efforts may well be comedic or have their tendencies, but I wouldn't say this is the first important one.
I don't know if you like Sci-Fi, Marco, or not, but I think District 9 stands head-and-shoulders above the rest of America's output at the theater this year. It's unfortunate it's not more well liked or respected. Hell, I even like Up in the Air better than Hurt Locker, but that's just because it was fun to watch, which Hurt Locker is not. I don't buy the comparisons people make between this and Platoon. Platoon was at least gritty and realistic.
This, with some measures of realism, still seems to be set firmly in fantasy territory and I agree that it doesn't deal with the more desperate and difficult issues in Iraq and elsewhere. It isn't an accurate portrayal, but at this point in history, I don't think the U.S. is ready for such a portrayal...after all, we are still embroiled in two wars over there and sometimes it needs to promote some sort of feeling of pride in order to work and be accepted.
I don't think we're going to get a Thin Red Line kind of movie about Iraq, etc, for a very long while because we need the prism of history to look back with a more balanced eye at our own history.
Yes, I think you are right.
This will be a week of many American movies for me. Not Discrict 9 unfortunately, but I will get to see The Blind Side, Precious, The Messenger and maybe others, so I will have a clearer idea of this year's race.