Have you seen The Impossible? It is a fantastic film based on a family’s true story during the horrible Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004. It is sad, but also inspiring. Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor are in it and both do a phenomenal job. With that said, I have a problem with the Hollywood tendency to show nudity whenever and wherever. Was it really necessary to show Naomi Watt’s breasts in this movie? No. Not even the tired “it was relative to the story” slogan works for this one. There was absolutely no need.
Although the movie wasn’t technically produced by a Hollywood studio, it certainly was influenced by Hollywood’s tendencies. Why is that? What was the point of those two brief scenes? Can you picture this conversation? “Hey, come see this amazing and inspiring movie about this horrible tragedy. No? Well, there’s always Naomi’s breasts.” If you can, then you need new friends.
Yes, I am a Christian man and I’m definitely writing this blog post from that perspective, but I also believe it to be the right perspective. Our bodies are sacred. There’s no need to be exposing them to anyone else except one’s spouse.
But the problem is not just female nudity. Lately, almost Hollywood films has one guy who spends 1500 hours in a gym take off his shirt in slow motion. Sure, that’s not technically nudity, but it is exploiting someone’s physical appearance for the hope that it will tiltillate the female audience. Just spend a few minutes on Facebook or Pinterest and you’ll see what I’m talking about. Countless of women (some Christian) have entire galleries of shirtless muscular guys in their underwear. What else do these images do except to open the door for lust and so many other things? For whatever reason, society has accepted this as normal. But if a guy has a gallery of women in bikinis he’s immediately judged. But guess what ladies? Those shirtless guys are the exact equivalent of girls in bikinis.
The Impossible showed that it is nearly impossible for Hollywood to produce a movie that contains no nudity. However, it is not impossible for us as an audience, and as believers, to hope and demand for more family-oriented filmmaking. Maybe the answer lies in encouraging young Christian believers to pursue careers in art and filmmaking and have a positive impact from within.
To conclude, I really liked The Impossible. The story and the acting is amazing. It if wasn’t for those two brief scenes, it would have been a movie that I could watch with my family multiple times. Unfortunately, thanks to Hollywood, that’s now impossible.