Most of our readers have probably at least heard of the upcoming movie adaptation of the Mountain Meadows Massacre – a dark moment in Mormon history, where a group of Mormon settlers and militia set upon a wagon train bound for California near Cedar City, Utah, killing men, women and children.
Daily Variety has published a biting review of the upcoming movie, describing it as a “middling frontier soap opera” with “ham-fistedly” obvious scenes and a gory climax that basically amounts to “massacre porn.” It also notes that the film is “less interested in understanding its Mormon characters than in demonizing them.”
Alright, I’m not sure many of us were expecting much better. But the part of the review that interested me was actually in the first paragraph:
Limited commercial prospects will depend on the film’s ability to exploit Mormon outrage — the louder, the better — with its angry and contentious view of a still-disputed tragedy.
So, basically, the movie is likely to be flop commercially and is depending on a newsworthy fight with the Mormon community to generate press for itself.
I don’t know… maybe…
What do you think? Should we just be ignoring this film as a second-rate historical retelling that will quickly die in obscurity? Or should we be outraged at this latest installment of anti-Mormon bigotry and character assassination? Should this film be dignified with a response?