I wasn’t going to post tonight. I’m tired, it’s been a emotionally draining two days, but when I saw this, I felt like I had to say something…
I was on IMDB, when this poster caught my eye. Maybe I’m just too exhausted to process this one with an open mind. When I think of Pompeii, I do not think, “Sweet! I bet people were totally making out as fire and death rained down around them!” I realize that there’s this idea that every movie has to have a love story, but this one is making even my brain hurt. Then, I thought, maybe I was misjudging the poster. Maybe it wasn’t a good representation of the story, so I went to the movie’s page on IMDB, and found this little plot gem:
“A slave turned gladiator finds himself in a race against time to save his true love, who has been betrothed to a corrupt Roman Senator. As Mount Vesuvius erupts, he must fight to save his beloved as Pompeii crumbles around him.”
Okay, I didn’t misjudge the poster. And yes, I suppose a poster like that and plot are going to bring in moviegoers much more quickly than a poster with an image like this:
People died horrible deaths that day, and if a movie is going to be made about Pompeii, that’s the story that should be told.