That’s the idea, even if its a fairly long post as opposed to a comment. I’ve never done this before, but I doubt it’ll be too hard with this one. Entire post reproduced for ease of drafting, but I’ve linked too, so I don’t think there’s a blogging ethics issue :).
Yeah, the movie ‘Gone with the Wind’ is an American classic and all that but I wanted to see how mean I could be to an ‘epic film’. What can I say? I guess I derive satisfaction out of thinking differently. So, here goes.
The movie begins with a couple of supposedly handsome men taking shots at Scarlett O’Hara, the childish lead heroine in the movie. It has been made very mechanical and unbelievable. There is no way a sensible woman would have found it, in the least, flattering. The lady, little girl rather, has been made to witness the Civil War waged by the Yankees, three marriages and infinite amount of flirting during the course of the movie. It seems more like a deliberate attempt at squeezing war, romance and stupidity in one big package.
There’s a reason it’s an EPIC. It has a lot of ACTION. ADVENTURE. HEROISM. INSCRUTABLE CHARACTERS. HISTORY. Or, as you call it, war,romance and stupidity. It represents the emotions and hopes of a community that was endlessly vilified in the aftermath of the American Civil War. And the tempestuous Scarlett played by the divinely beautiful Vivien Leigh is more playful nymph than child, at least according to every red blooded male in the world.
The girls in the movie have been portrayed as gullible and worth only to be flirted with. The change that comes in her, as shown later in the movie, is even more outrageous. There seems to be no trace of the old Scarlet in her at all, until when Ashley comes back and confuses her. Perhaps it’s his presence that brings out the unrealistic, impulsive part of her.
How can you not understand that that’s precisely the point!!! The whole movie is the tale of how the War changed lives and characters, how the sweet, tomboyish, beautiful Scarlett becomes someone desperate to make the most out of her tattered life, in the only way available to her at the time: by marrying a rich and able man. It’s a movie that that tells us how a woman can stay in love with a man in the face of the greatest difficulties. It’s a tale of how the love of your life may turn out to be someone you couldn’t possibly have imagined in that place. It is NOT a movie that takes any sides whatsoever on the feminist cause.
Scarlett: As God is my witness, as God is my witness they’re not going to lick me. I’m going to live through this and when it’s all over, I’ll never be hungry again. No, nor any of my folk. If I have to lie, steal, cheat or kill. As God is my witness, I’ll never be hungry again!
There is a line in the movie ‘She’s after your bow now’ which clearly removes any doubt about the intention of the ladies in the movie. It is hard to believe that she agrees to dance with Mr. Butler, who she had addressed as a dog in the first part of the movie, for no apparent reason. The impulsiveness of the character, Scarlett, is that of a child while the role she plays in the movie is that of a fine lady.
And yet again: the complex reasons that lead to her dancing with Rhett Butler form the crux of the story. The impulsiveness that so surprises you is what makes Scarlett O’ Hara one of the most enduring characters of American literature. If you don’t understand that, there’s really no point proceeding further. Rewind, and start over.
The men in the movie are not as refined as they are supposed to be with respect to the theme of the movie either. They address Mr. Wilkes as the ‘Captain of the Troop’ and they don’t even rebel against him when he says that there shall be no war. What could get more cowardly than that! The way Mrs. Hamilton says, “Oh dear, oh dear!” and faints is nothing less than melodramatic. It’s hard to miss that Scarlett seems turned on when Melanie cries on her shoulder when the list of those who died in the war comes. The scene gets, quite interestingly, abruptly terminated.
Oh come on.I mean, seriously.What sort of IDIOTS would complain when told by their commanding officer that they wouldn’t have to fight? I certainly hope you give regular testosterone shots to whoever you marry, because he’s not going to be able to make enough on his own for this sort of machismo.
Evil little joke running around in my head, but I think that may be crossing the limit 😀 . For all those with imagination, it involves Scarlett, a crying Melanie and yes, testosterone shots.
Even in the middle of the civil war, Mr. Butler keeps his cool. When she asks what he was laughing at, he answers back that he was laughing at her. He looks so calm that it seems that might actually have been organizing the entire uproar. After the war is over, she sees the gory remains that the war has left behind. Even at this point of time, all she has to say is, “Dirty Yankees!”
And again, again, AGAIN! Rhett Butler is portrayed as the kind of man who simply does not CARE. Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.Get it? Except of course he really does love Scarlett until the very end, and simply pretends to be unperturbed. She treats him as the man he pretends to be till he actually becomes just that.
Take a good look my dear. It’s an historic moment you can tell your grandchildren about – how you watched the Old South fall one night.
[to Scarlett] I’ve always loved you. But you’ve never given me a chance to show it.
Overall, the movie seems way too far fetched to believe. There are a few characters who are suffocated with too much to deliver in the movie while there are others who have little or no relevance. It is an over-ambitious movie that has managed to convince people that it is good entertainment, of the laugh at the movie genre. As far as the ten Academy Awards that it won are concerned, I’d say, “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.”(Quotes from the movie here)
Yay. Congratulations. At least you managed a snappy ending. Now if only I’d bothered to do that statistical analysis Randall Monroe says he did, I could’ve told you just what the chances were that at least something would be good.
PS: Staying pissed is injurious to health. 😀