In the 1990’s, Will Smith could do no wrong as actor. Independence Day, Bad Boys and and Men In Black were all hits at the box office.
Then Wild Wild West (1999) was released. The results were not the same as it’s predecessors.
Jim West (Will Smith) is a Civil War hero who is the brawn to Artemus Gordon’s (Kevin Kline)’s brains. Dr. Arliss Loveless (Kenneth Branagh) is a former Confederate soldier who is eager to reclaim the glory that the South lost when the North won the war. President Ulysses S Grant (also Kevin Kline) teams up Jim and Artemus to stop Dr. Loveless. Aided by Rita Escobar (Salma Hayek), Jim and Artemus are on a journey to prevent Dr. Loveless from succeeding, but it won’t be easy.
Combining the genres of action, the old west, comedy, history and a little science fiction, this movie tries to entertain the audience. Were the critics wrong? No. But at least the theme song wasn’t all that bad.
It can be said that history is doomed to be repeated if we do not remember the lessons of the past. During World War II, Martin Niemoller, a well known Protestant Pastor, was not shy about speaking out against the Nazis. His most famous quote is as follows:
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.
One of Albert Einstein’s most famous quotes is not about science, but about human beings and how we treat each other.
The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of people who are evil, but because of people who don’t do anything about it
President Obama seems to have his head in the sand when it comes to the reality of the world that we live in.
I fear for our world and our children with this man in the White House.