Contributing writer for The Artifice.
Junior Contributor I
Who are the bad guys?
Real life events often inspire films, yet theatrical convention always works to shoehorn characters into the ‘good’ and ‘bad’ guys. Recent releases such as "Argo" came under criticisms for its portrayal of Iranians as 2D ‘bad guy’ characters, instead of granting more complexity to Iran’s complex internal politics. Political enemies may become partners, affecting acceptable portrayals of that nationality. I would be interested to see a kind of "bad guys" ranked. Who seems to have been the most detestable enemies in American film? The Russians? The Japanese? Who has had the most nuanced portrayals?