I’ve always heard the critics say that an important element of a good movie is that you must “care” about the characters (good or bad) or the movie will not work. I agree.
So…is it good movie making or irresponsible movie making if we are made to “care” about characters that are murders, thieves, killers and the like? My examples:
1)“Natural Born Killers”: I found myself at the end of the movie ROOTING that Mickey and Mallory would get away, despite the fact that they were heartless killers of innocent people.
2)“Bugsey”: In the end, I wanted Bugsey Segal and “The Flamingo” to be the most successful Casino ever, and for him to live “happily ever after” with his love. In reality? Segal was another selfish, heartless killer and thug.
In contrast, I didn’t like the movie “Ghandi” because AS IT WAS PRESENTED (I’m NOT talking about the real man, so no flames…!), I was indifferent about the “character”.
The list could go on. (“Godfather” comes to mind, and Pat recently alluded to “caring” about the charcters in “Spider Man”), but you get my drift.
So…good or irresponsible movie making for “making” us care about thugs and murderers?