Tuesday, August 15, 2006
David Denby Defends "World Trade Center" From Its Far-Right Praise
This is another take on it, kayinmaine. (She decided to avoid the movie after eharing how much the far right loved it.) I can't blame her, but I'd hate to give them ANY power over anything, even something as mild as what movies I see. "Those are conservative themes," writes Denby for the New Yorker on "WTC," "much praised for their appearance in this movie by the kind of right-wingers who have long hated Oliver Stone. Some of the euphoria—Cal Thomas, a columnist and a commentator at Fox News, calls the movie “one of the greatest pro-American, pro-family, pro-faith, pro-male, flag-waving God Bless America films you will ever see”—is not only inane, it’s enough to turn you off moviegoing altogether. Can “World Trade Center” really be that bad? No, the ideologues laying hands on the movie won’t sink it. Stone bulls his way into our emotions with his usual force but with greater clarity, sanity, and measure than in the past, and he is better at violent spectacle and at capturing the stages of dying than any other director. This square movie, at its best, is very powerful." By the way, Denby is a good example of a critic that still matters. They never kept people away from bad popular junk but they can champion new filmmakers and new movies like the very good "Half Nelson."