Some liked it, some hated it, some were like "What the fuck, we are British, we don't quite get this part of American history."
No one thought it was great, but there was a fair span of reviews.
Anyway, it got me thinking of a trend I've noticed with my friends involving the original movie.
They either seem to really, really love it or really, really hate it.
It's rare to see any middle ground on the film version of Gone With The Wind.
For the record, I love it and Rome Girl despises it so much that it's the only film she refuses to let me purchase - and this is a girl who let me buy Jason X - In Space.
Yeah, I get that it's a very problematic movie. A couple scenes are very racist. And there is one scene that makes me cringe in the way it seems to endorse marital rape.
But those scenes are not the entirety of the movie. And this movie was not made in 2008, it was made in the 1930s. It's a product of its time and ideas that seemed normal then should seem out of date today. In the same way that there are scenes in movies we love today that I'm sure will seem offensive to audiences 60 years from now.
Despite it's faults I love it for what it does well. It shows a beauty of a time gone past, but also shows the warts and flaws that made that time and era have to end. I love the dichotomy that is Scarlett O'Hara. You hate her because she is a flawed, vain and awful woman in many ways, but because she is, overall, very strong and true to her heart, you understand why Rhett loves her and puts up with her shit.
Yet, the movie never really lets her get away with anything does it? And it's not all "vain woman meets her downfall" either. Rhett himself has huge character flaws and his destiny ends in tragedy as well.
If anything Rhett and Scarlett serve as great metaphors for the time and place they live it. The era is outwardly beautiful and charming, but so rotten at the core that it has to suffer, collapse, die and be reborn.
Anyway, that's enough lit crit for me on a Sunday night. What do you guys think? Love it? Hate it? Could give a shit? Would rather be watching Uncensored Double Penetration 4?