Saturday 21 April 2018

How loving our kids really saves the day

Much to her surprise, Victoria Mary Clarke found that a violent teen movie packed a moral punch

Victoria Mary Clarke

I don't like violent films. I generally go to the cinema to be made to feel better about life, not to be terrified or depressed. I also don't like the idea that we are living in an increasingly violent society, one in which a woman walking down the main street can be attacked and almost stabbed to death by a total stranger. And that is not just happening in America, it is happening on our streets too.

Tragically, it isn't just adults who are violent. According to British government statistics, nearly a third of children in the UK have been affected by gun and knife crime and one in five British 16-year-old boys admits to having attacked someone with a knife, intending to seriously injure them. The kids carry knives because they know that other kids are carrying knives and they don't want to be unable to defend themselves. More worryingly, they feel it makes them look bad, maybe not look cool if they don't have a weapon. This is not the kind of world that I want to live in. Call me old-fashioned, but I would much prefer a world where boys played with toy trains or made model planes, or if they really needed to fight, contented themselves with hitting each other with their fists.

It is extremely peculiar then that I find myself in the cinema watching a new movie called Kick-Ass, in which a cute 11-year-old girl is slicing up grown men with butterfly knives and blowing their brains out with a dazzling array of weapons, while uttering the words 'Okay you c**ts, let's see what you can do now!'

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