I recently saw the movie Big Eyes and while I thought that this movie overall was a good movie I was extremely disgusted with the non-stop depiction of smoking in this movie, mostly by the actor character Amy.
Why do we still live in a world where we allow tobacco companies to pay movie production companies money to show people smoking? Of course this movie was set in the 1960's where people smoked much more often than they do today, but why show smoking in movies? There is no reason for this at all, and the extent that they showed all this smoking in this movie was way out of proportion that would ever be considered necessary to show an accurate depiction of life at that time.
Smoking is a horrible habit. Smoking will give you heart disease and any number of cancers, the worse being lung cancer. Smoking should be discouraged and right now we should be at least 10 years past from any new movie showing any character smoking in any scene in any movie.
This continuing outrage of showing smoking in movies has been going on for many years and I for one am very sick of it. My mother currently has lung cancer due to her many years of smoking which always worried all of us. In 2009 Patrick Swayze died of pancreatic cancer due to his many years of smoking. Smoking will kill you and it's only a matter of time. Please can we get past this horror of showing smoking in movies?
While watching the movie Big Eyes I actually was yelling out loud at the movie screen because there was nobody else in the theater watching this movie at 10:00 am on a Saturday morning. I thought the movie was pretty good and it was a true story of another artist blatantly taking credit for his wife's paintings but with all that horrible smoking, for me, it really reduced how much I liked this movie a great deal. I am also surprised at actors like Amy Adams who agree to smoke so often in movies, especially this one. I am sure this is one of the main decisions that a producer has to make to generate the revenue that they need to make a movie, but at some point there has to be some common sense or decency to not show this horrible habit so often in movies today. Will this trend ever change? Will a law ever be passed? I sure hope so for all our sakes.