I have a small part in “Carol.”
It will be interesting to see how critics react to these films. Most people who review movies for a living are liberal thinkers. Are they godless? I have no idea. Are they ready to embrace Mr. Maher’s point of view? I believe they are.
Already, the Hollywood Reporter have labeled Mr. Maher’s fable “hilarious,” while conceding that many religious folks may not share that point of view. It is obvious the Deity likes a good laugh or else Congress would not have been created. But whether the Almighty will be chuckling over “Religulous” is, well, highly doubtful. Mr. Maher might pray for a long life.
What is not doubtful is that most critics will hate “An American Carol.” Far-left Internet sites like Salon are hammering Mr. Zucker and his movie even though they haven’t seen it. That’s because the producers of “Carol” suspected they would be treated poorly by the press and avoided all advance screenings. Why did they believe this? Well, it might be because not one American media company would distribute the film even though it features big-name stars like James Woods. A French company, whose executives may not be all that fluent in English, is distributing the movie.
No question but that both movies will anger some folks. Mr. Maher in particular is a provocateur. Promoting his film on “The View,” he told one of the women, a believer, that she should go to a mental hospital. Borat would be proud.
On the “Carol” front, more than a few people will be horrified that movie icon George Clooney is mocked. Talk about roping a sacred cow! Belittling God is one thing, but denigrating Mr. Clooney? Are there no limits to the madness?
It will be interesting to see which movie wins at the box office. Will the pagans score big? Or will the first conservative satire ever clobber the atheists? At this point, only God knows, with apologies to Mr. Maher.
And if this culture war cinema battle isn’t enough, President Bush in a couple of weeks. I’ll make a bold prediction: Many critics will love it. Can you imagine anyone sticking up for Mr. Bush at this time?
I don’t know whether Mr. Stone believes in God. But he should.
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