Black Swan is immoral because a character
Anyway, since Camila believes that movies made 50 or 60 years ago were so moral and had such "beautiful messages," let's take a look at the morality of a couple of the great films she mentions, Casablanca and Gone with the Wind. How do they square with Mormon morality? (Spoiler alert: since they've been out for 69 and 72 years, respectively, I assume you've had time to see them.)
Casablanca is indeed a highly moral film. It's about moral dilemmas and finally extols the nobility of personal sacrifice for the sake of high ideals. Even so, one can scarcely describe it as highly compatible with Mormon morality. To save time, let's skip over things like Rick's alcoholism, or Captain Renault extorting sex from refugees and arresting innocent people to cover for his friend ("Round up the usual suspects"), and cut to the chase.
|She's married to someone else|
|They're both married to someone else|
So why do Mormons like Camila B extol the "morality" and "messages" of movies like Casablanca, which actually challenges Mormon morality, and Gone with the Wind, with its amoral heroine, while decrying movies like Black Swan, which usually are actually no more morally unconventional? Because the characters in Casablanca and Gone with the Wind keep their clothes on. And that's pretty much it.
That's how Mormons are trained to watch movies and judge their morality: by what they show. Not by what they say about what they show, but literally by what they show. Depiction equals "glorification." Thus, Casablanca is "moral" despite (or rather because of) the way it glosses over things like alcoholism and the sexual exploitation of refugees and despite its rather positive take on adultery, simply because it vaguely implies sexual situations rather than depicting them explicitly. Black Swan, on the other hand, is "immoral" because it explicitly depicts drug use, self-harm, and sexual situations, even though it depicts them negatively as tragic symptoms of mental illness.
That's what I meant when I called Camila B's piece a "juvenile rant." It has nothing to do with how old anyone is; there are many good young critics on the internet, some no doubt younger than Camila. And in this case, with the "preaching to the choir" venue in which it was posted, other than one mild dissent, the adults in the comments all agree with her. (Although one of them does manage to call up a vague sense that there's something wrong with the morality of Gone with the Wind.)
No, what I mean by "juvenile" is watching movies and seeing no further than Swear words! Oh my gosh! Drug use! Oh my gosh! Naked people! Oh my gosh! What I mean is the childish view that if a movie includes those, it is immoral; if it doesn't include them, it is moral. If that's how anyone wants to look at movies, that's fine, it's only their loss. I just wish they'd choose the movies they watch more carefully and then, no matter what their age, leave the reviews of the grownup movies to the grownups.
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