01/02/14 - 9:08am
In the wake of 9/11, bitter cynicism kind of went out the window in Hollywood. Snark and irony were too harsh for people and, as a result, we had a lot of sincerity in the movies. At least for a little while. It’s been over a decade, and the pendulum has swung back, and that’s fine. I like my “Batman” with a little dark edge, and the last economic meltdown provided us with enough reasons to be angry at the financial system to justify ten versions of “The Wolf of Wall Street.” That said, not every movie has to be cynical. They don’t all have to be biting and tough.