Wednesday, April 05, 2006

United 93

I've been baffled the last few days by all the media attention paid to all the smug, sour people slagging the United 93 trailer, and to the one theater that pulled the trailer due to customer tantrums.

"It's too soon!" they cry. "It's disrespectful!" they wail. Meanwhile, every single family of every single United 93 victim was contacted by the filmmakers, blessed the proceedings, and look forward to seeing the story told -- and told in the most visceral, powerful, far-reaching, enduring form of storytelling we have.

My feelings were pretty well reflected in a series of comments attached to a blog post by Judith Weiss.
Just an observation, but after four and one-half years, some are crying Flight 93 is too soon. Meanwhile, Susan Sarandon is scheduled to star in a biopic of Cindy Sheehan, and who ever heard of her before last summer? And Norman Kember hasn't been free for two weeks, but he thinks his release was a setup and wants to make a movie about it. I certainly wouldn't bet against it. Just curious, but anybody remember Fahrenheit 911, which came out in 2004?

How could it be "too soon"? We all saw the actual footage, on 9/11 itself. We're all lucky to have survived the images and the events of that day, and we are strong enough now to handle a tribute to ordinary heroes like the passengers of flight 93. I get teary just hearing about this movie's release, but I think it is very important that it come out now...we need to remember what happened, and what's still happening.

"Remember Pearl Harbor" was released in 1942, less than a year after the surprise attack.

"Wake Island" was released in 1942, the same year the island was conquered by the Japanese.

"Guadalcanal Diary" was released in 1943, while the island was still smoking.

"Back to Bataan" was released in 1945, three years after the Bataan Death March.

We're ready for "Flight 93." Anybody who isn't should go join the Democrats hiding under the bed with their hands over their eyes.