When we were assigned to come up with a couple “political” films to talk about in class on Thursday, I came to a realization. I Googled “American political films,” and found several links to the “25 best America. political films” and similar titles. The films on these lists are what I would assume to be totally explicitly political, though I had literally seen none of them. I found another link with a list of movies that I had never seen. When I came to class I had planned to share that I had a hard time finding anything I had seen that was political, and that apparently I wasn’t a very cultured film viewer.
Once I got to class and heard everyone else’s examples, I realized I wasn’t as unaware as I thought. What came as the biggest “shock” to me was when someone mentioned the Lion King. I had always thought of it as a kids movie about being strong in hard times and overcoming evil, and never from a political lense. Film makers can hide politics in almost any movie, as someone mentioned in class that even Mean Girls has a political agenda. The political target isn’t the young people watching these movies, it is the older audience, parents and older siblings who might be able to grasp the political undertones. Wall-E wasn’t made because the director wanted to influence children’s ideas, but rather their parent’s ideas. Realizing all of this made me understand how prevalent politics really is in cinema, not just in the movies mentioned here, but in the movies we watched all semester in class along with most movies that are released in the present day.