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Film: America’s Escape From Reality June 1, 2010

Filed under: Film Reviews — reelreview10 @ 7:36 pm

On its opening weekend, the Twilight Saga movie, New Moon broke records to earn 72,000,000 at the box office. Assuming a ticket costs $10 each, that means that 7.2 million people saw the cult-classic vampire flick.

Okay, now take the results of the 2008 election, where Barack Obama and John McCain were vying for office. An estimated 4.6 million voters under the age of 30 turned out for the election. You know what this means? This translates into the fact that more young people in America would rather watch vampires and werewolves duke it out than vote for the next president.

But you’ve gotta admit that films about the impossible can take the sting off of the very real ‘possible life’ of today. With America in a recession, it’s safe to say that way more than the 7.2 people who viewed New Moon search for a way out of a crummy job, a dismal paycheck and a bad housing market. To many, film is an escape out of the everyday hussle and bussle.

For the whole two hours of sitting in a darkened theater, Milk-Duds in hand, you get to worry about other people’s problems for a change.  Will Carrie Bradshaw woo her hubby in the end of Sex and the City? Do the Spartans really die at the end of 300? Oh no, Air Bud ran away! Will he return for the big game? It’s questions like these that keep movie-goers coming back for more buttery popcorn, ticket stubs and fresh brewing drama unfolding onscreen.

I’ll be the first one to admit that I’m a complete sucker for film and television. When McSteamy, McDreamy, and McNugget (or whatever you call all of the Grey’s Anatomy’s smokin’ stars) sidle on-screen, it’s pretty much a guarantee that I’ll stop the channel surfing then and there. And of course, how can we forget those leading ladies when they’re so  graceful, charming and captivating? The gentlemen want to see them and the women want to be them.

The beautiful people of Glamour-town hold a space close to our hearts. Whether your film fancy is something old, something new, something borrowed or something blue, I’ve seen them all, and I’ll review ’em as I see ’em.