Where have all the (one-dimensional) heroes gone?
I was thinking today about war movies. Back when, we had the commando hero laying waste to the enemies of our country, without remorse or concern, in movies like “Rambo” or “Missing in Action”. At some point, this changed to movies that tried to show the horror and brutality of war, like “Saving Private Ryan” or “Blackhawk Down”.
Why the change? I find myself wondering. Is it coming from Hollywood itself? Are the liberal artists of filmmaking doing the change, simply making movies to try to show “war is bad”? Is it driven by a public that is increasingly anti-war?
And what inspired the change? Is it that the Red Menace isn’t such a menace anymore? Changed attitudes in the 90s because of a time of (relative peace)? Is it simply that CG and effects have come along that make it easier to show battle as gritty, gory, and bloody? Maybe now that we are at war again, we don’t want to see it – maybe that’s why most war films now are of medeival or ancient times instead of modern warfare (Braveheart, Gladiator, Troy, etc.).
These are the things I think about. I can’t say as I miss the “Rambo” stereotype character, but I do grow weary of “horrors of war” type movies. Anyway, just thinking.