C'mon Hollywood #202
... enough with the holocaust movies!
Just writing that title makes me feel like I have to start out with the caveat; this is not an anti-Semitic article. This has nothing to do with religion, it has everything to do with Hollywood milking a particular subject matter for all its worth and cramming it down our throats. They do it with remakes, TV shows to movies, sequels and countless other types of movies, it was only a matter of time before they overdid the holocaust films.
I still havenít seen the readerÖ
I assume that there was a genuine desire amongst the powers that be in Hollywood to put the events of the holocaust on film so that the event will never be forgotten. I understand that, but I donít think weíre in danger of ever forgetting about the holocaust. It was one of the most horrific events in the history of the world, so although thereís a risk it wonít be a normal topic of conversation, thereís little chance it will ever be forgotten. If they never made another film about the holocaust, the event will still remain a major part of film lore. Also, is the reason for making so many holocaust films steeped in a desire to preserve the memory, or a desire to make money by capitalizing on a popular subject?
The ultimate holocaust movie
But the biggest problem I have right now with holocaust movies is that theyíve numbed me to the event. I actually visited Anne Frankís house about 15 years ago and it was a very powerful, excruciatingly painful experience. Movies like SCHINDLERíS LIST and others recaptured that pain and it resonated on film. But with recent holocaust films, I donít have the same reaction. Itís not that theyíre lesser films, itís that the holocaust doesnít have the same impact because Iíve seen it recounted and replayed so many times. Itís sad, but Iím actually numb to the events of the holocaust.
Good take on the holocaust.
As it turns out, I actually like most films that deal with the holocaust. The three films last year that dealt with the holocaust were all pretty good and at least they found some new angles on the event. With the few exceptions, most holocaust films are done pretty well and usually have powerful performances. But the novelty of the event has worn off. THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PAJAMAS was an incredibly sad film, but it didnít hit me as hard because it relied too heavily on the sadness of the holocaust to drive the film. Fifteen years ago, it would have worked, but now audiences are too numb to the tragedy and it fails to evoke the emotions it used to.
Not bad, but it didnít tug the heartstrings like it tried to