First, let me say that I've spent the major part of the last couple years stationed in a country where cinemas are illegal. I'm temporarily back in the US, and have been looking forward to catching up on my movie watching. Something seems to have happened while I've been away though. Movie quality, which was hardly stellar before I left, seems to have plummeted to new depths, if previews and "The Expendables" are anything to judge by.
So that was my frame of reference when I went to see "I Want Your Money," the new documentary by filmmaker Ray Griggs.
While "I Want Your Money" features no demonic possession, car chases, explosions, or "romantic comedy," I found it engaging, entertaining, and completely lacking in what has become so common in movies that we hardly notice it anymore - incidental insults to everything conservatives hold dear.
Instead, through a series of discussions between animated Ronald Reagan and Obama characters interspersed with commentary by various conservative luminaries, (even a clip of Milton Friedman schooling Phil Donahue, which, in and of itself, is worth the price of the ticket) Griggs reacquaints Americans with what has made our nation great, and reveals how we can recapture that greatness.
Just as Frank Capra's "Why We Fight" series of movies inspired US troops in WWII and clarified the circumstances that required their sacrifices, "I Want Your Money" explains why we must fight the wave of socialism that threatens to sweep over us, and the consequences of failure.
Griggs found his own funding for this film, and how widely it will be distributed will depend on how many people see it during its opening weeks. There were only 14 people in the theater with me this evening, and although we had never met each other, we all felt some kind of kinship when it was over, and we stood around for several minutes talking about the film and the importance of getting others to see it. This was the best way I could think of to do that.
Let me encourage you to look the movie up online, find the closest theater where it's showing, and make a date to see it with as many friends as possible. Not only does this effort - and what it represents - deserve our support, but you will leave the theater feeling encouraged. From what I saw from previews for other movies tonight, that probably doesn't happen very often.