Clear Blue Tuesday, which opens this week in New York, is a movie musical about 11 characters attempting to "rediscover their city" after September 11. Hm. Do we want to see characters singing and dancing about their PTSD?
Several films about September 11 have already been released, but director Elizabeth Lucas tells the New York Times that those projects are too serious and, "overly ponderous about the topic." In contrast, Clear Blue Tuesday is about, "finding the release and the perspective to look at ourselves and laugh at our tragedies."
Nine years later, the events still feels too fresh to joke about, and judging from the trailer, audiences may leave the theater laughing at Clear Blue Tuesday, not with it:
The Times' assessment:
The film, often doggedly cheerful, will not please uniformly, and only die-hard fans of musicals, very earnest people and Sept. 11 completists are likely to digest it whole.
Lucas may have a point about the tone of films like World Trade Center and The Guys — many people avoided them because they seemed too heavy and depressing. Filmmakers certainly shouldn't be limited to talking about the attacks in a documentaries and serious dramas, but the low-budget Glee treatment probably isn't the right way to go about it either.