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Movie mayhem: What does it say about the consumer?

Posted: January 27, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: January 27, 2013 2:00 a.m.
 

For whatever reason, ‘tis the season for some ultra-violent movies in release: "Hansel and Gretel" (please don’t confuse this killfest with the original fairy tale), "The Last Stand" (with the retired Governator), "A Haunted House," etc.

Anyone watching their advertisements on television will know these films are full of violence. I wonder: What useful purpose do they have? And then I wonder who in the world would want to see them?

The nice aspect of movies is that you have to want to see them, so if they don’t interest you, keep your $12 or find a film less violent, gruesome or sex-filled.

Consumer-based censorship tells the industry not to spend money making garbage.

But such movies continue to be made, and each seems to upstage its predecessor with even more violence, murder, revenge, mayhem.

Obviously, some people are paying to see this junk, and it’s justified by the film industry as just being entertainment.

Some folks also choose to play the violent video games that let them massacre a continent with no risk or penalty to themselves.

Again, just entertainment. Yeah, about as entertaining as Vietnam, Iraq or Afghanistan.

Romans flocked to the Coliseum to watch Christians ripped apart by lions or gladiators hack each other to death. The Roman Empire, as we know, fell.

But the Romans were entertained. Again, I wonder who in the world would want to see that?

Ask yourself and ask your children, "What am I really getting out of this movie or game?"

"Am I learning something?"

"Would I want to live in that world?"

"What does it say about ME and MY entertainment preference?"

Then think about going for a bike ride, walk, mountain climb or visit a museum, swimming pool, the beach or other form of entertainment that is far less expensive and much more fulfilling.

 

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