Went to see “The Lorax” this weekend. Here’s a short commentary on expectations, politics, and message. I expected the theater to be packed. I loved the book as a kid, my kids have heard it many times and we were all eagerly awaiting the movie for a while. Since we were going to the first matinee showing on the first day of release, I expected a madhouse.
Not so much.
I think it may have to do with many factors. Florida’s still in bad shape. In northeast Florida, more than half of the homes are underwater, and the unemployment rate stubbornly lingers at 10% or more. But there’s also a fairly conservative population here, and let’s be honest: conservative politics and movies that say the environment needs to be protected even at the expense of business are not buddies in America circa 2012.
So the theater was half empty. My brother, by contract, lives in a fairly liberal area (and I’m just going by political definitions here based on who they are voting for). He took his kids to see it and he said it was packed.
I think it’s safe to say that the environment, like abortion or contraception or unions, etc. and etc. ad nauseum, is a topic that has become inextricably linked to our political parties. It’s not hard to figure out what side I’m on. I drive a Prius. Every time I pull up next to a housewife getting out of a Hummer, I make a guess as to what side she’s on, too, and I bet I’m right. But once it starts filtering down to kids, the differences which will arise in 20 years are going to be more and more stark. My kids are going to grow up with a certain set of values, and Hummer Mom’s kids will have a wildly different set.
It’s always been like this, of course – Catholic vs. Protestant, Romans vs. Christians, all the way back to Neanderthals versus Cro-Magnons. I think it will continue, too. But it is startling to see that a cute, friendly movie, which teaches that trees are a good thing, seemed (in my opinion) to be anathema to a large chunk of the population. I’m sure there is a conservative equivalent… I wouldn’t see something that they would love.
Oh, well. Unless….
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