Most movies follow a moral code that I suppose reflects and guides popular morality.
However, minority allegiances and political positions may completely reverse the role of protagonists and "evil" characters.
Slasher movies may arouse disturbing allegiances with killers, although that may merely be one way of disarming the terror felt by some audience
members, and it's likely to be temporary and ends at the cinema exit.
Sometimes the victims are also so hapless, stupid and annoying that one is forced to root for the bad guy or woman.
However, political rooting can also lead to unintended support for supposed "villains".
For example the Whale Wars
documentary series has backfired (especially the Viking Shores series) according to a lot of blogs and reviews.
Similarly I've watched Battle for Seattle
with one person who loudly applauded the police whenever an activist got bashed.
I've also seen Westerns and films like the The Mission
with people who voiced their support for the Native Americans, and it was good riddance
to the missionary that was tied to a cross and booted over the waterfall.
If the Guarani had stuck to that it could have saved them a lot of trouble.
The movie I watched recently that totally backfired was The Eagle
, and I rooted 100 percent for the Seal People against the Roman idiot and his
even dumber masochistic slave.
Is there any possible reason to sympathize with the Roman, unless one supports empire and colonization as an ideal?
I suppose that's what we're supposed to do - support "Empire", because the hapless soldiers are so brave after all.
Nevertheless, there are anti-war movies where I have also supported capitalist "empire", and which white-washed the crimes of the Marxists, for
What movie made you root for the character that obviously wasn't planned to be applauded?
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