October 18th, 2004
My favorite quote from this weekend is from Roger Ebert’s review of Team America: World Police:
If I were asked to extract a political position from the movie, I’d be baffled. It is neither for nor against the war on terrorism, just
dedicated to ridiculing those who wage it and those who oppose it. The White House gets a free pass, since the movie seems to think Team America makes its own policies without political direction.
I wasn’t offended by the movie’s content so much as by its nihilism. At a time when the world is in crisis and the country faces an important election, the response of Parker, Stone and company is to sneer at both sides — indeed, at anyone who takes the current world situation seriously. They may be right that some of us are puppets, but they’re wrong that all of us are fools, and dead wrong that it doesn’t matter.
I mean, say what you like about the tenets of National Socialism, Dude, at least it’s an ethos.