In a review in The Verge, Tiffany wrote:
Watching Patriot’s Day in a crowded theater in lower Manhattan, it was bizarre how well the script broke for applause. The camera lingers on a smirk from a special agent who assures one of the bombers’ wives that she doesn’t have a right to a lawyer: “you don’t get shit, honey.” The audience that I was with dutifully filled gaps like this with clapping and scattered whooping. This movie caters to a jingoism that the political right has spent the last eight years defending from the withering gaze of an incredibly enlightened president, but even New Yorkers found it in themselves to cheer for what is now the winning team.Lower Manhattan.
Isn't that near Ground Zero?
In reviewing the movie, she began by looking at the actor. She pointed out Wahlberg's cowardly beginning -- "As a teenager he was a criminal and a violent racist, arrested for the attempted murder of two Vietnamese men" -- but she is more upset with the 45-year-old's current career:
As the star of Lone Survivor (based on a true story of tragedy in Afghanistan), Deepwater Horizon (based on a true story of tragedy at sea), and now Patriots Day (based on a true story of tragedy in Boston), he’s the poster boy for films about needless violence against American bodies — an affectless prism through which viewers can project their own pre-conceived (and carefully catered to) notions of American heroism. This isn’t a designation that came to him easily or quickly, but now he’s settled into it like a second skin.Tiffany seemed to like him better when he was beating up immigrants and black children. He served only 45 days of a two year sentence for assault. I don't like the man.
She did not like the character:
His latest starring role is as Sergeant Tommy Saunders of the Boston PD, in the Boston marathon bombing movie Patriots Day. This film marks his third collaboration with director Peter Berg, who has actually literally credited Wahlberg as his muse. In it, Wahlberg is the mostly useless ensemble member — a stand-in for you and me.
That’s a role Wahlberg has perfected over the last five years. Last October, Charles Bramesco of Rolling Stone described a cohort of American films including the works of Peter Berg as “neo-patriotic,” remarking on how “our cinematic saviors have moved out of the stratosphere and into the house next door.” These heroes — male, always — are there to defend the dream we’ve “clawed our way into realizing.” In Lone Survivor (2013), Wahlberg is not the sniper or the commander, he’s just a medic who warns everyone “watch your cock and balls” around poison oak. Whoops, didn’t mean to become a hero! In Deepwater Horizon (2016), he’s a mechanic who doesn’t contribute to a single major decision or do much of anything until he’s called upon to throw people onto lifeboats in the third act.Usually I would blow off a review at a lefty web site, but what conservatives think is fringe thought often turns mainstream. Look how quickly lefties came to accepting gender bending among the elementary school set.
Indeed, why should I support a felon like Wahlberg? Besides his violent streak, he is a Democrat who supported Barack Obama. And Wahlberg is a lout who had to apologize to 9/11 families for saying had he been aboard the plane "there would have been a lot of blood in that first-class cabin and then me saying, 'OK, we're going to land somewhere safely, don't worry'."
But Hollywood and the press forgive felonies (including Roman Polanski drugging, raping and sodomizing a 13-year-old girl) as long as you get the politics right.
Patriots Day does not get the Hollywood politics right. Suddenly Wahlberg's past is important again.
Boston lefties oppose the film.
And so NBC posted this news report:
Is It Too Soon for Boston Marathon Bombing Film ‘Patriot’s Day’?
Buoyed by strong reviews and an A-list cast, the film "Patriot's Day," which recreates the 2013 bombing of the Boston Marathon and the manhunt for the culprits, is expanding to theaters nationwide this weekend.
And although it's expected to connect with audiences at the box office, the project has been dogged by questions about whether it's too soon to turn a tragedy (which ultimately claimed the lives of five innocent people) into a big-screen blockbuster.Patriots Day hit theaters nearly four years after the event. Flight 93 came out a little more than four years after 9/11. Maybe if Wahlberg waited six months...
The movie has 79% positive ratings at Rotten Tomatoes, which is good. But the New York Times reported:
But those in this area — including writers for the Boston Globe, NorthShoreMovies.net and the Patriot Ledger — have been far more critical. (An exception is the Boston Herald, which gave it a glowing review.) As the Patriot Ledger said, the movie was “a cold, calculated re-enactment bordering on exploitation.”At the end of the New York Times piece (which is a good read) director Peter Berg said, “I don’t have any respect for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.”
Ahh. There's the problem.
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