Simply had to start a new thread. Significant other is gone and the first thing I did was rent some movies so I could get my bad side out of the way. Just watched "Apocalypto." (?) Powerful movie. Couldn't read or do my crossword puzzles because the entire thing was subtitled. Gonna have to watch it again to figure out why there was so much controversy surrounding it. Anyone have any guidance on what I should look for? On first viewing, I didn't see anything I'd call offensive. Maybe if someone could clue me in on the bad parts, the second time I watch it I might possibly get offended.
Some Mayans felt the film fostered unfortunate and unfair stereotypes about their past practices. If I recall, also, some of the film's leading actors were not even Mayan. Also, Gibson was still embroiled in controversy over his drunken racist remarks made during the time of his arrest.
Much of the the controversy has died down. For myself, I appreciated the fact that Gibson filmed "Apocalypto" in the original Mayan. I thought the film was hard to watch and hid my face at times (but I'm a sissy) and I thought the love of family and loyalty to family came through very well. It was a stunning film. I'm sorry it didn't do better. It was under rated most likely because of Gibson's bad boy behavior and not his skill as a director/producer/story-teller.
Just watched it yesterday. I rarely watch dvds with the director's comments playing but with this one I had to watch it again and do just that. The movie was visually stunning. Casting, costumes, special effects, native language of Yucatec Maya being used, the set in the jungle and the set design near the temple, etc...No need for the subtitles to know what was going on even. Some of the actors had never even seen a movie before and so to see them perform with such animation was amazing. Mel chose to tell the story with only captured warriors being used for sacraficial needs (bones of children have been found). He chose to spare the audience from any more violence than what was shown, and from the standpoint of many scholars who study that particular civilization know they were even more brutal. It was thought that Spanish explorers were exagerating the methods and the numbers of sacrafices. Through hieroglyphics and bones examined near temples, they weren't all that far off as far as methods go. Anywho, mixed in was a story of honor, love and commitment. I loved Braveheart and The Patriot (although not directed by him) so I of course had to watch this one. As far as questions surrounding it? Don't know if his drunken comments helped or hurt the film. Also, Mayas were affraid of how others would now view them since they were shown at a point in their history when disease and extreme violence were most prominent within their culture. Other nit-pickers noted that Mel chose to have his actors run, walk, move like "white" people. If he was going to dress them up and make them talk like natives, he better make them move like natives. I'm not to sure how Mayas moved but I suppose Mel didn't want things too foreign for the audience to grasp? Loved it. If it makes people want to go out and study the history more like I do, great!