Yours truly rarely watches movies made after WWII in our home, much less attends a new release in a theatre; but when we saw that the latest super heroes flick, The Avengers, starred Captain America with the “A” for-America badge still intact and that it had set an opening weekend record, we were like Moses upon first spotting the “burning bush” and had to “go see this great sight”.
We aren’t Moses and The Avengers was no burning bush, but we were not disappointed in the 3-D spectacle and especially its clarity on the matter of good vs. evil in the world.
We had expected that Marvel, like Action Comics with their Superman no longer for “Truth, Justice and the American Way”, had gone the political correctness route of moral and cultural relativism, lest any viewer between Hollywood, Cairo, Tehran and Beijing be offended.
But what we got, in our first trip to a public cinema since the release of Ben Stein’s “Expelled” in 2008, was a clear delineation between Good, consisting of a Captain America resurrected from having been frozen just before the end of WWII, with his good ole American values in tact, who, along with Thor, held together the flawed characters of The Avengers team consisting of Iron Man, Black Widow and The Hulk, versus Loki, Evil brother of Thor, who explicitly stood for totalitarianism as the government to “free men from freedom”.
And to top it all off, Good defeated Evil and it was a good thing, despite the collateral damage from battle.
We suspect that the recent popularity of super hero action thrillers is about more than merely capitalizing on a popular brand that young and old alike can enjoy. We further suspect that Americans crave moral clarity and are tired of the “why they hate us” response to September 11, 2001, along with the gnashing of teeth over too-broad definitions of what constitutes “torture” and refusals by the administration of President Barack Obama to even accurately identify our terrorist enemies as radical Islamists.
Our enemies are not just “extremists” or “gunmen” and the terrorist attack at Fort Hood was not a mere “workplace incident”. Evil men and women are at war with the United States, have been since we built up the Arsenal of Democracy to win WWI, and always will be as long as we hold the values, power and will to defeat the enemies of Liberty in the world.
“They” hate that they can’t behave as have evil regimes since Eve bit the Apple and enslave their own people and conquered others for megalomaniacal goals. They know that since the Shining City appeared on the Hill that is Plymouth Rock, the number living in Liberty has increased exponentially.
We are glad to see that Marvels in Hollywood still see what a special place are these United States and that they saw fit to resurrect a captain from America to lead avengers of evil deeds. That is appropriate in a world in which the real heroes for good that are fighting the evil we face in Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere; are captains and other soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines of various ranks in the armed forces of the United States.
God bless America and more super hero motion pictures unafraid of portraying the evils of totalitarianism.
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