Originally Posted by Z-Man
I find that very hard to believe. Goodfellas, The Godfather, Pulp Fiction, The Sopranos, The Shield, all feature despicable protagonists, but none would work if we didn't feel some sympathy or identification with them. We like Liotta's character, and we care about him. Otherwise, I don't think the film would work. We know Tony Soprano is a contemptable character, and yet we are shocked every time he does something awful. Why? Because we like him.
First of all, I disagree with you about Liotta's character. He is not a hero or likeable at all. Were we watching the same movie? I still contend that Goodfellas doesn't require us to like any of the main characters.
Pulp Fiction doesn't ask us to root for anyone necessarily, and it is not a serious drama, it is meant to taken in a more comedic vein. We may root for certain characters to perform certain actions in specific scenarios, but I would hope that if at any time we felt these were real people, we would no longer be rooting for them as they are evil in many ways.
Same with the Sopranos... the Sopranos is meant to be sardonic and humerous in many ways, so I wouldn't call it a serious drama (although it has many dramatic elements, it walks the line between drama and comedy pretty consistantly).
I haven't seen the shield, but as far as the commercials, they lead me to believe that he is basically a "good" man who bends the rules to try to stop "bad" men. That is a far cry from being an assassin, a pimp, a drug dealer, etc, etc.
And finally... I didn't say this movie was like that (I haven't seen it), I was asking HOW this movie was in terms of Atticus' concerns and my comments.
IS IT a movie about a fairly despicable, immoral character that the movie wants us to root for? Or is it sardonic, somewhat comedic, or otherwise removed from reality and overly "real" and dramatic so that these concerns are less important.
Nobody really seems to be addressing this. You just keep pointing out other movies where main characters are questionable morally and telling me that I'm apparently hypocritical for not starting threads about all of those movies. I haven't started threads about those movies because I think they are different (as I've explained numerous times)... and even if I thought those aforementioned movies were just as bad, me not ranting about them at this particular instant doesn't negate any opinions that I have on this movie.