You know one thing that bums me out? A lot of friends I’ve talked to lately refuse to go see movies about Iraq! What’s the matter with people? For the past many weeks I’ve been talking up Paul Haggis’s new film, In the Valley of Elah (pictured), and as soon as I mention that it actually has something powerful to say about the war, a lot of folks’ eyes turn glassy. Nobody cares!
Are we that detached? I don’t wanna go on for too long about this, because it’ll probably make me sound like a shrill crazy person, but I do kinda feel that if you refuse to go see a well-reviewed movie like Elah or the flabbergasting war doc No End in Sight simply because both of them are about Iraq, then you are — hate to say, but it might be true — a bad American.
See? I’m shrill and crazy. I’d really rather hear from you people on this one. (If you’re interested, bone up with these recent articles in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal on this particular topic.) Elah scored modestly promising returns at the box-office this weekend, but the fact is, no Iraq doc or feature or TV show (Steven Bochco’s Over There) has ever been commercially successful. Why is that?