Chuck DeVore at Big Hollywood
says that the Disney studio's remake of Escape to Witch Mountain, which was based on Alexander Key's science-fantasy book, turns the US army into the bad guys:
The film would have been better without the gratuitous attack directed at America’s armed forces. The U.S. Department of Defense was shown throughout as being composed of a bunch of overbearing heavies. A more direct slam occurs when one of the alien kids says that their planet is dying and that there is a debate on their home world between those who favor a military conquest of Earth and those who want to study the Earth’s environment to learn of a way to repair the damage to their own world. It was as if Al Gore and Dick Cheney were battling off-world by proxy.
I didn't think much of the first adaptation of Key's novel that was produced in 1975, and this doesn't sound much better. Especially considering that the plot sounds almost reminiscent of another recent movie made by Pixar
that was animated. Hmm, I can only wonder: do the two alien moppets use their telekinetic power to mobilize tanks and drive them straight at the soldiers? Do they even try to levitate machine-guns and aim them at the soldiers' temples? Ugh, I don't want to think about it anymore. All I know is, don't let your children see this. There may have been movies in the past that, if they depicted soldiers as baddies, usually did it much more plausibly, but since the turn of the century it's only taken a turn for the worst.
Labels: anti-americanism, military, Moonbattery, showbiz