I’m one of those people who complain that Hollywood doesn’t make enough serious movies. There are way too many gross-out films like “Hangover 8,” and way too many comic book films like “Spiderman 7.”
I must confess to a certain amount of hypocrisy. I read the reviews about “Detroit.” I knew it was a serious film about a major event in U.S. history. Good cast, amazingly good director, who happened to be a woman. And it was playing at our local theater.
Nonetheless, I didn’t go to see it. I couldn’t bear to watch the execution of three black guys in the Algiers Motel. I know it happened. John Hersey wrote a book about it. I just couldn’t bear to watch it.
Neither, it turns out, could most movie goers. “Detroit” has been a major disaster at the box office. At this point it may not even make a profit.
I bought three tickets to the film because I think it is important that Hollywood make serious films about serious issues. I just don’t want to see them.
To compound my hypocrisy, I did see the latest Spiderman film.