Well I’m not a parent and I’m not quite 30 yet, so hopefully most of you guys wouldn’t consider me old. But as I’ve gotten older my opinions on violence in movies has definitely changed. I used to really enjoy action movies; when I was a kid my opinion was generally the more guns and swords in a movie the better. As I’ve aged into a moderately mature adult I’ve lost my taste for cheering on the hero as he mows down wave after wave of nameless enemy mooks. Becoming a more worldly person, actually meeting some people who have served in the military and lived through wars makes me think of this quote by Faramir from Lord of the Rings:
“The enemy? His sense of duty was no less than yours, I deem. You wonder what his name is, where he comes from, and if he really was evil at heart. What lies or threats led him on this long march from home, if he would not rather have stayed there.”
I don’t mind violence in movies if it is to reflect on how violence affects us as human beings. I’ll still watch a movie or tv show about war or gangsters or whatever. But I no longer watch those movies for the violence, if that makes sense.