ME: Does it connect with political stuff -- the war on terror...?Also, we discussed the negative Roger Ebert review, and I speculated that Ebert marked it down because he picked up a right wing vibe.
CHRIS: Yes, because it's set in the present day, and at one point the little girl asks, "Are they terrorists?"
ME: So, is it left wing?
ME: Is it right wing?
CHRIS: I don't think it's right wing, because the people who made it are probably liberals, but I think right wing people could really get into it. If you're really into the war on terrorism, you could probably get into it as symbolic of the war on terrorism, because it shows the American military trying to fight against the aliens, and it has a teenage son who wants to join the American military in the fight against the aliens.
ME: And he's a positive character?
CHRIS: Yeah, he's the main son... he's Tom Cruise's son.
ME (noticeably typing): Is there anything else you'd like to say?
CHRIS: It's a real experience to watch the movie.
ME: That's what you want to say "it's a real experience to watch the movie"?
CHRIS: Yeah. I saw it on the Ultra-Screen and I was sitting pretty close to the front, so it was like an IMAX.
July 5, 2005
Chris (my 22 year old son) just saw it and gives it the highest praise. Dialogue: