Excerpts from an article by Jenny McCartney
And we know that entertainment aimed at young people is becoming markedly more violent. My generation was terrified by the Child Catcher in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang; the current one is diverted with torture and agonising death.
Little boys have always played with swords and guns. But they did not always play at beating a prisoner's genitals with a rope, or stitching a live bomb inside a man's stomach. For that innovation we must thank Hollywood, the industrious factory of dreams, now frequently devoted to churning out nightmares.
The poet WB Yeats once wrote, "In dreams begins responsibility", yet Hollywood will never take responsibility for its most brutal dreams so long as the paying public still flocks to the theatre of cruelty.
NOTE: Our granddaughter went to see this movie last night with her dad. One of so many. Nothing shocks us anymore, on the screen or in real life. Hollywood keeps going down the drain and we keep buying the sludge. Church pews are increasingly unfilled and tickets for this stuff are bringing high dollars on the black market. Great job parents. We wonder why flash mobs attack shoppers outside the mall or why we see preteens doing adult crimes. Can't figure it out, can you?