There are no bad guys in movies any more, just good guys who are misunderstood or had terrible childhoods. Whether it’s the Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz, the band of car thieves in Gone in Sixty Seconds, or the terribly misunderstood, abused-as-a-child Norman Bates from Bates Motel (and thence Psycho) our society seems obsessed with trying to understand what causes people to be bad.
And those Disney films we loved as children? Same thing. Ursula wasn’t bad in The Little Mermaid, just misunderstood. The hunter who killed Bambi’s Mom? Some day we’ll learn it was just a guy whose wife had tragically died and was trying to feed his children so they could grow up and become PETA activists.
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