☠ "We've become a nation of slogan-saying, bile-spewing hate-mongers. We've lost our kindness. We've lost our soul. " ☠
When I first saw the red band trailer for God Bless America earlier this year, I was incredibly stoked and ready for an anti-pop culture movie suggesting violent solutions to all of our problems with celebrities and reality shows. Boy, was I wrong.
God Bless America is probably the most hypocritical movie I have ever watched in my entire life. The protagonist claims that America has lowered itself to taking advantage of the weak and that people do or say incredibly offensive things to be part of the everyday “buzz”. In fact, he cares so much about American media that he’ll leave his tv on with all the programs he despises and watch it all! He also has utter loathing towards people who are downright impolite. This is where the movie splits two ways, good and bad.
The little enjoyment I got out of this movie were the small scenes when he would kill everyone who were rude to him. The best scene was when he shot the double parker and the movie goers. Ridiculous, I know, but so satisfying.
The bad is basically everything else. He decides to go on a killing spree and targets the most annoying celebrities on tv. In his mind, this is justice for America…but doesn’t it seem hypocritical? His relationship with the girl was also stupidly two dimensional and even less if that’s possible. What annoyed me the most were the protagonists “unjustified” kills. I did not understand why he killed some people like the man behind the stage for simply saying, “Are you deaf?” Do you really expect staff to have patience when dealing with unauthorized persons backstage? If anything they have the right to be mouthy. His biggest kill was the American “Idol” kid (William Hung anyone?). Why did he do that? Was it because the kid made him look like the biggest jackass in the world for killing thousands of people? It also happens that the girl appeared at the show just in time to join his suicide run against the cops. You respect a girl for who she is, you force her back home because you care about her and then…you let her join you to kill cops and everyone at American Idol with no way out. Brilliant. Marvelous. Logical. This movie, simply put, could have been something amazing, and just completely flopped. Way to muck it up, Bobcat Goldthwait. ///
God Bless America verdict in a sentence: Utter hypocrisy and disappointment all in one package. ///