Archive for November, 2007
by Aaron on Nov.26, 2007, under
I make it a point not to take anything written on 7chan seriously, so when they called Mark Millar’s Wanted self-indulgent tripe (in slightly more foul terms) I was a bit skeptical. So… I read it.
It’s a decent read, but upon further reflection contains a powerful message, which I will get to, but this requires a bit of back story first.
At some indeterminate point this Fall, my film criticism instructor, Gordon Maclaughlin said something very profound. It was along these lines: “We as Americans say we have freedom, but we really don’t. We can choose stuff off the dollar menu, we’re good at that type of stuff, but most of us would have trouble giving up what we have right now and leaving for another country at any given moment.”
This idea of what really constitutes freedom is what makes Wanted appealing. The main character, Wesley Gibson, is essentially Joe Schmo. He has a dead end job, a whore of a girlfriend and no prospects. When given absolute control over his life, he (at first reluctantly) seizes it. He is promoted from prole, to bourgeois and finally… to lord, from rule-follower to rule-maker.
This brings up the entire nature of freedom. Conforming to a set of rules and such. Why, exactly do people follow these rules when the rules are made by people who are just as scared and stupid and alone as any other schmuck?
Make your own fate. Do your own fucking for a change.
by Aaron on Nov.21, 2007, under Uncategorized