Mods - this thread is not so much about the movie The Ides of March
, but my reaction to it and my realization about the acute "Political
Madness" that is pervasive here in the US. If you feel the need to move the thread to another forum, please do so. Also, I did a general search for
a similar discussion and nothing came up which matched my theme.
So I went to see the new movie, The Ides of March
with my young adult son yesterday. Although he is familiar with the general principles of
how our political system is supposed to work, he’s not quite old enough yet to truly understand the intricacies of the political arena or what truly
goes on behind closed doors. I don't know how many of you have seen the movie yet and I won't give anything away; however, when we left the theater, I
was very quiet and quite noticeably upset. My son asked me what was wrong and I asked him to just let me be silent with my thoughts for a little
while because I was feeling incredibly angry and, unbeknownst to him, ready to erupt in a fit of rage which is very unlike me. All through dinner, I
struggled to articulate what was bothering me so much about the movie, but even then, I couldn't put my finger on it. While starting to write this
thread to ask if anyone else has seen it and had a similar reaction, it finally occurred to me.
I'm angry because the movie was just so damned predictable and if you've seen it, you know what I'm talking about. IT SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN THAT
PREDICTABLE!! Out of consideration for those who haven't seen it yet and are planning to, I won't disclose any of the specific details and will
provide, instead, a general overview so that you can understand the point I'm trying to make.
The movie is about a young political idealist who makes certain choices he thinks are justified because they're for the "greater good". Some are
moral choices which he doesn't even really struggle with (disconcerting) and he carries through on those decisions without hesitation because in his
heart of hearts (at that time) he is a loyal purist and believes that seeing his cause through will be of benefit to us all.f In the end, he learns
what many of us who live in the US and most other "democratic" countries have learned long ago; everything in politics is an illusion, everyone is
corrupt or corruptible and it's all just a great big game of chess in which we're all disposable pawns. In the end, this young idealist becomes just
as jaded and corrupt as the rest of them. It was, for me, a truly troubling depiction on so many different levels, the least of which involved my
hope (or the loss thereof) that our "youth" would somehow rise above it all and find some solution to our current state of political madness.
None of what occurred in the movie reveiled any great epiphanies to me, hence my inability to initially understand my strong negative reaction to the
film, but now I finally realize what has me so enraged. It's not the film's message or ending that has me so upset, but the
of it all which showed me, with genuine clarity, that I have completely and irreparably reached the point of no return
where I've lost all faith in our political system or our ability to fix it. It's this realization about my own complete loss of faith and hope that
has me so enraged. I don't think I realized I had reached that point and it's a scary and hopeless reality.
I'm curious if anyone else saw the movie and what your thoughts are on the matter. Thanks!
edit on 10/10/2011 by timidgal because: (no reason given)
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