Friday, March 12, 2010
VDH on Tom Hanks
Victor Davis Hanson wonders if Tom Hanks is "unhinged" [here]. No, he's just a typical Hollywood liberal, convinced that history is monocausal, that the common folk are dangerous bigots, and that America is a force for evil in this world. That is indeed an unhinged [and as VDH says, "asinine"] perspective, but it is dramatically useful and, within the context of his work and social environment, quite unexceptional. There also is a difference of purpose on display here. Hanson is interested in providing a fair and reasonably accurate account of the past -- Hanks simply wants to construct an entertaining and morally gratifying film experience.