Variety’s David Cohen saw the latest “Transformers” movie — “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” — and filed this report on its reference to President Obama, but not, at least in his eyes, in a good way.
Cohen writes, “So as usual in these movies, the federal bureaucrats are portrayed as annoying if not villainous. The President’s man, “Galloway,” is a bespectacled blowhard who becomes an obstacle to our brave fighting men and their alliance with the noble Autobots. Operating specifically under presidential authority, he makes all kinds of mischief. He says the President wants to try “diplomacy” against the evil Decepticons and hints the President would consider handing over Shia LaBouf’s character to be killed by them. He eventually is ditched by the fighting men (tricked into parachuting out the back of a transport). All this is par for the course in this kind of movie. In the first, there was a Rumsfeldian secretary of defense (played by Jon Voight) and a bit of dialogue from “the President” clearly meant to be Bush, with an obvious Bush impression on the dialogue.
“However, if memory serves, no real politicians were named in the first movie. The SecDef isn’t Rumsfeld. The president is not called by name.
“In this movie, exactly one real-life politician is named: “President Obama.” They went out of their way to make sure they named the craven, obstructionist president as Obama.”
I say good for two reasons.
One, the American people, including film makers, need to take swipes at our elected leaders now and again. It keeps them down where they belong which means on the same playing field as us. And Lord knows Hollywood threw enough punches at Bush (they still are), so poking Obama a bit seems to be only fair. If only comedians and the rest of the entertainment media would start living up to their responsibility instead of cheer leading 24/7 for our current president. And I won’t even mention how biased our so-called news media is, but I will say it’s nice to hear they are finally getting a room.
Secondly, does anyone doubt that Obama would try to negotiate with the Decepticons? Of course he would. You KNOW he would.
Negotiations coupled with an apology for America starting the first conflict of course, what with us taking Megatron prisoner and torturing him in Hoover Dam for all those years. And of course there would be calls from the left for investigations and prosecutions into Bush and Cheney’s criminal actions during initial war of aggression against these peaceful visitors from another planet. Calls which would naturally be followed by a series of interviews by a fawning media – think Oprah – trying to put a human face on these poor misunderstood robots who don’t really want to impose their beliefs on the rest of the world.
I could keep going but you get the idea.
So it’s nice to see a film that lets the American spirit shine forth instead of tamping it down. Americans want to see that kind of movie. They will pay money to see it and lots of it. If only Hollywood as a whole would recognize that.
Plus it has giant transforming robots and lots of explosions in it.
What more can a movie-goer ask for?