It cannot be denied that movies are the greatest form of mass entertainment today. The impact cinema has on the audience in today’s world is more than any other medium. Thus, whatever happens In the world of cinema becomes news instantly. Such is also true with the content of films. While books can easily pass off with sensitive and controversial content, a film having the same content will naturally garner a lot of attention because of the popularity of the medium. Throughout the history of films, we have always seen some movies coming under the spotlight because its content has managed to offend a certain section of people. And when was the first controversial film made? In 1896!
A short film called ‘The Kiss’ was released in 1896, which shows two Boardway actors, May Irwin and John Rice, kissing. Critics and audiences chastised the film and its makers for such blatant display of sexuality. Another controversial film of the silent era was D.W. Griffith’s ‘Birth Of A Nation’ (1915). This propagandist and racist film depicted African-Americans as lowlifes, always conspiring to harm white Americans. Early action films which depicted violence were also criticized, with accusations of inciting tendencies of violent acts amongst civilians being levied against them. 1932’s ‘Scarface’ is an example in this regard.
As the techniques and technologies of cinema developed, so did the possibilities of what can be shown using the medium. Some films which tried to attract audiences using their shock values depicted graphic sex and brutal violence to achieve this effect. The 1980 Italian film called ‘Cannibal Holocaust’ is one such film. The violence depicted in this movie is so gruesome and gory that it was thought the director Ruggero Deodato had really killed people to shoot the movie. He was even arrested for this, but when the actors thought to have been killed appeared in court, he was released. Films meet with controversy every year, and the ones which do, naturally garner a keen interest in them. If you are looking for a taste of controversy, then we have some recommendations for you. Here’s the list of the most controversial movies on Netflix that are available to stream right now:
7. The Kissing Booth (2018)
‘The Kissing Booth’ is a simple romantic comedy about three high school students and the troubles in their love lives. Lee and Elle are two friends who have always been close to each other and have also made a promise saying they would never date any relative of the other person. However, Elle fails to keep her word and falls for Lee’s brother Noah. During their school carnival, Elle and Lee decide to create a fun game where strangers will have to kiss each other. They name it ‘The Kissing Booth’. When Elle is made to kiss a nerdy guy inside the booth, Noah interferes and stops the guy from kissing Elle. It is slowly understood that Elle has not been able to keep the promise she had made to Lee, her brother.
Critics have been quick to point out that the character of Noah in the film is extremely problematic. The character is seen as a misogynistic bad boy who sees women as nothing but conquests. And critics believe that this toxic masculinity is what Elle has fallen for. Many of them had issues with Elle being objectified in some scenes where she was needlessly shown in her underwear, tight tops, and other such sexually provocative clothes. Critics have also panned the movie in general, with its approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes being 18%.