We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
We'll probably go see it, tho kids will carp and criticize any deviation from the classical record (come on kids, it's just a movie, it's supposed to be fun, not a history lesson!)
Just back from an awesome movie, "Amazing Grace" about Wilberforce. Sometimes you can win the battle without cracking a single head, except metaphorically. Kids inspired. Grownups' faith restored...Truth will prevail.
The kids wondered if the reason critics have been lukewarm is because it is about faith in action. And the battles are ones fought with intelligent words, not Hollywood light sabers.
Agree, BD. But my family is usually so focussed on warriors (even their computer games are things like Rome: Total War) that it was a good corrective for them to watch the war of words and ideas for a change.
Parliamentary debate in England is still occasionally a treat. To watch people eviscerate their opponents verbally, poke fun at them, sneer politely...brilliantly improvise, instead of reading prepared speeches...
One kid of ours caught all kinds of wimpy teacherly disapproval when expressing admiration near Mothers' Day for Spartan mothers' childrearing and telling their kids to return with or on their spears...Shudders of horror by the school. Kid's attitude was that good moms should exhort their kids to be brave.