I probably mispoke in terms of my question. Yes, movies and books about 9/11 have and will come. But, in what format is okay to mention it in passing or casually? 9/11 is a massive date in our history. It is taken so seriously and given such reverence (in some ways, rightfully so. But, when and how will it be okay to have it as a part and not the focus?
In my opinion, what they did was the opposite of shock value. The reason I say that is if they were doing it for shock value, we would have heard about it from the word go. It would have been all over the place. It would have been a part of the marketing scheme and the promotional appearances. But, the movie wasn't about 9/11. Yes, Tyler died that day. But, it could have easily been a similar situation to Allie's mom, or anything else. The entire message of the film is to live the life you have and not waste it. Because you never know the circumstances that tomorrow will bring. If you were to pick one event that drove that message home for all of us, it was 9/11.
As for the timelapse, again, the whole point was taking the focus OFF of 9/11. Yes, Tyler died that day. But, the point was on how everyone had moved forward, taken the message of Tyler's life and how it touched theirs and started to live it.
I honestly believe that what bothers some about the presence of 9/11 in RM is that it isn't the focus. 9/11 is glimpsed in passing as a part of the much larger (for the characters, I believe) tragedy of losing Tyler. For so many, 9/11 is the tragedy and to.... relegate it... to the background feels like it isn't taken seriously, given the importance it deserves. But, again, RM is not a movie about 9/11. It's about living through tragedy, learning from it and coming out stronger on the other side. A very fitting message, I think.
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