Thanks to Rick, whoever you are for your comment on the review of Inside Out, posted on August 17th. I responded to it in the comments page, but I think his simple remarks highlight some good discussion points that are worthy of wider consideration. Is the film industry important? Am I just over analyzing an innocent children’s film?
Here is Rick’s comment, he first pulls a quote out of my blogpost:
‘ “No wonder Riley was struggling with life, she was living in miserable isolation! May the Lord be with your spirit.” Just a thought, you might want to know that Riley is not real. It’s just a movie mate, take it easy. There are bigger battles to fight.’
And here is my reaction. First the quick reply to this is: ‘…And this is just a movie review Rick, and that line you quoted was a joke! Lighten up and take it easy yourself…mate .’
But there is a serious point here and in this I am not joking. In what was an entertaining film (although by Pixar’s high standards I would say only moderately entertaining) is the propagation of a false worldview. How important you think this is depends on how influential you think that such film will be. As a general point I would say that clearly certain parts of the film industry take it very seriously because they go to great lengths to engage the mass population with films that reinforce a false worldview in so many aspects – faith, morals, and attitude to the environment, for example. I would say that they have doing this very very successfully over the last 50 years particularly. This can be done sometimes subtly – as with this film – and sometimes more stridently.
For good or ill, popular culture both reflects and propagates a worldview as powerfully as any essay in an academic journal. If we do not like the wider culture, we cannot disengage from the culture, even if we wanted to. Even the most cloistered monk is product of the greater society of which he is part. The question is not whether or not to engage, therefore, but how do we engage? Are we going to do it well, or badly? How can we transform it so that it becomes one of truth and beauty?
Speaking generally, without having any particular film in mind, the degree (Read More)