Not sheepish, but individ-ewe-al
2017-03-08 09:13 am (UTC)
Yes! One of the other things I liked is how the men were in the kind of roles that women would be if this were a "normal Hollywood" film about men: attractive and supportive, with a little bit of "hmm should you follow your dreams or is it Too Big A Sacrifice? Yes I have thought about it and you should follow your dreams".
About Costner's character - I wasn't as annoyed by it as the other (white) people I went to see it with, mostly because I read him as a suggested model for white audience members of how to use racial privilege to work for equality if you can. I think the movie was made in popular-Spielbergy-based-on-a-true-story film language so more people would go to it than might usually go to [what's perceived as] "a black film", and although more screentime for an invented white character at the implied expense of the black protagonists is obviously annoying, there were enough other examples of white people being actively and passively racist that I read Costner's character as being a small "hello, white people who may be watching this! do this, not that." If it weren't aimed at an audience including as many white people as possible I would think differently.
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