The film purple hearts premiered on Netflix on July 29. Since the film premiered, it has been loved by viewers and overwhelmingly panned by critics. One of the most common criticisms of purple hearts is the film’s political commentary, ranging from military propaganda to promoting misogyny and racism.
purple hearts Directed by Elizabeth Allen Rosenbaum. It stars Sofia Carson as Cassie Salazar and Nicholas Galitzine as Luke Morrow. In an interview with Variety, Rosenbaum defended the film’s politics and the messages it sends.
[Spoiler Alert: This article contains spoilers for Purple Hearts.]
The “Purple Hearts” director wanted to show “extreme” characters
in the purple heartsCassie is a liberal singer-songwriter who marries Luke, a conservative Marine, for his health insurance benefits.
At the beginning of the film, Cassie hates Luke for his political views and for tolerating his friends’ misogynist and racist comments. At the end of the film, the characters’ political differences are no longer mentioned.
In an interview with Variety, Rosenbaum acknowledged why some might feel uneasy watching the film, but said it’s important to show the “extreme” of each political side.
“I hope people understand that characters have to be flawed in the beginning in order for them to grow. So we very consciously created two characters who were bred to hate each other,” Rosenbaum said.
She continued, “They are flawed in the beginning and that was on purpose. In order for the red heart and blue heart to turn purple in any way, they have to be extreme. Some of the people they surround themselves with are even more flawed than they are.”
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The director believes Cassie and Luke are each becoming “more moderate.”
While Cassie and Luke’s relationship begins as a marriage of convenience, the two slowly fall in love.
Speaking to Variety, Rosenbaum shared that she believes the two characters are “learning to be more moderate” because of their relationship.
“They were both neglected by the system; He’s injured in a war that doesn’t seem to end, and she slips through the cracks of the healthcare system. So they both get neglected by the system, and then they live under the same roof, and in these extreme circumstances, they learn to calm down and listen and love each other,” Rosenbaum told Variety.
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What the ‘Purple Hearts’ director wants to teach viewers about politics
For Rosenbaum, what attracted her to the job purple hearts First up was the politics of the film. In an interview with Variety, the director took action against viewers who were “kind of offended” by the film.
As politics in the US becomes increasingly divided, Rosenbaum told Variety she hopes purple hearts urges people to “be moderate,” like Cassie and Luke.
“That was the biggest and most important part of the issue,” Rosenbaum told Variety. “I hope that anyone who is in any way offended by this will understand that our intentions are very pure, and it is because we feel people need to grow and become more moderate.”
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https://www.cheatsheet.com/entertainment/purple-hearts-director-defends-movies-politics-they-learn-become-more-moderate.html/ “They learn to be more moderate”