What's with these reviews?!
I just watched an old movie from 1995 called Operation: Dumbo Drop which was a Disney movie based on a real life event in the Vietnam War.
Basically, some American soldiers are assigned the task of sending an elephant over to a village in time for their ceremony.
The reviews just shocked me. Half of them were discussing the physics of dropping the elephant off of a plane strapped to a parachute, others were saying how it was appalling in its light poking in the horror that was the Vietnam War.
Do these people not understand a comedy when they see it? Are they so uptight that they get offended by every single thing ever?
There were at least two TV series made in the 1960s that were satirical comedy about two wars. Hogan’s’ Heroespoked fun at World War II, and M*A*S*H poked fun at the Korean War. Yet no one complained about those two like they do here.
And guess what? Both WWII and the Korean War were terrible. All wars are terrible.
If they wanted a true-to-life, gritty, realistic depiction of a war, then they should’ve looked elsewhere. This movie, like the TV series I mentioned, just plays lightly with the wars they are set in.
I swear, people just love to get their feelings hurt at everything. It wasn’t like the movie was going “Oh look! Innocent people are getting hurt in the crossfire! HA! HA! HA! Too funny!!!” It was about a group of guys delivering an elephant across Vietnam. The plot was the elephant, not the war.
Movies like this are a well-deserved break from the many, many war movies that are nothing but the realism of war.
Know what? Someone ought to make a comedy movie set in the Civil War in 1863. A small band of five Union soldiers makes a promise to a dying man that they’d get his wife and little girl to safety. Problem is, they’re in Georgia. Safety that the man speaks of is Massachusetts. The soldiers must brave the elements, themselves and other Confederate soldiers as they accomplish this feat. The title?
Race to Massachusetts
It’s a comedy, not meant to be taken seriously. I can already here them whining now.
“This movie makes the appalling judgment to bring comedy to a terrible war.”
“Once again, we have a war movie where the Americans are the big damned heroes.”
“So how are these guys not being put thorough military court for desertion and potentially being marked as traitors for helping this family of a Confederate soldier?”*
Hey, it’s comedy. It’s not supposed to be taken seriously.
* I may have to look into that one, though...
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