'The Good Wife' and 'Michael Clayton': Must-sees in China?
The Chinese have decided they need to be reminded that good always triumphs over evil, and no one does good-over-evil better than the Home of the Brave. I mean, there’s a reason Superman said, “Truth, justice, and the American way.”
That’s the takeaway at least from a recent Beijing panel hosted by the National People’s Congress in which Chinese politician Huang Qifan encouraged his country’s judges to seek out “hero-driven foreign action films” and “Western courtroom dramas” in order to better control their own emotions while deciding cases, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
I know what you’re thinking: This is totally understandable. Also: Why didn’t they make any specific suggestions?
If you’re reading this in China, no worries. Here is a list of three top choices to brush up on if you’re heading up against a foreign hero and/or into a Western courtroom. What else should make the cut?
The Lincoln Lawyer
Logline: Americans are essentially good people who become better when reclaiming their goodness. The best of Matthew McConaughey’s chewy-upstanding thrillers, with enough gun-play to double as an action film — plus Lincoln Lawyer has the added bonus of indicting materialism (in the form of Ryan Philippe’s shark-eyed playboy) and lax Western parenting.
Logline: Americans are essentially good people who get roughed up by a not-good world. Required viewing for any corporate-legal types who find themselves drifting out of the courtroom and into a moral murk. Bonus: Learn how to avoid a car bomb and perfect the Weary Clooney Scowl.
The Good Wife
Logline: Americans are very polite, propulsively mobile schemers, and possibly toxically narcissistic. We’ll forgive the Chinese for forgetting to mention that some of the best courtroom drama no longer happens on the big screen and instead point them to CBS’ four-year-old procedural, which does the double duty of pinching the nerve of American cynicism and showing off all the latest in Western businesswear.