One of the latest Netflix movies to launch on the service, purple heartsis on track to be one of the streamer’s biggest movies of all time – but, at the same time, also found itself the target of intense backlash from viewers.
Tons of viewers, for example, slammed the movie on social media for how it handles military and race issues. Lamented a Twitter user: “People are touting purple hearts as some kind of cute romance but it’s just American military propaganda, it’s not even subtle, they even applaud ‘killing and hunting Arabs’, there are remarks racists that only the girls address but the man never changes his political point of view ?????
The film, despite the backlash, is still one of the top 10 Netflix movies around the world right now, based on the latest data from the streaming giant. Nevertheless, purple hearts Director Elizabeth Allen Rosenbaum – along with star Sofia Carson – has been on a media blitz in recent days, explaining why more people should give the film a chance.
“For characters to grow, they have to be imperfect”
“I hope people understand that for characters to grow, they have to be flawed at the start,” Rosenbaum said. our sister publication, Variety. “So we very intentionally created two characters who had been raised to hate each other. They are faulty at first and that was intentional.
“For the red heart and the blue heart to kind of turn purple, they have to be pretty extreme.”
The gist here: Cassie (played by Carson) is a struggling singer-songwriter. She and Luke (Nicholas Galitzine), a struggling Marine, agree to marry – only to enjoy military perks. Cassie, for example, cannot afford the insulin she needs. Meanwhile, the film occasionally gives the characters controversial lines, such as a Marine’s toast: “This one’s to life, love and stalk (expletive) Arabs, baby!”
Adds Carson, who also produced the film, in a recent interview: “Why I fell in love with the film is that it’s a love story but it’s so much more than that. It’s two hearts, one red, one blue, two worlds apart, which are really raised to hate each other.Through the power of love, they learn to lead with empathy and compassion and to love each other and transform into that beautiful shade of purple.
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Top 10 Netflix movies this week
purple hearts has been in Netflix’s Top 10 Movies for three weeks now – and, in fact, is the No. 2 English language movie on the streamer globally this week. This week’s No. 1 is the Jamie Foxx-directed vampire hunter action-comedy day shift.
Check out the full list of the top 10, including the number of hours of watch time accumulated by each title, below. This data, let’s add it, comes out once a week, every Tuesday. And as a reminder, the number of hours watched for each title covers Netflix entire global user base. This ranking is also specific to the 7-day period that ended on August 14.
- day shift — 56.5 million hours viewed
- purple hearts — 46.3 million hours viewed
- Unexplored — 23.7 million hours viewed
- The gray man — 21.1 million hours viewed
- wedding season — 19 million hours viewed
- The beast from the sea — 10.8 million hours viewed
- 1917 – 10.8 million hours watched (not currently available in the US)
- Flight — 10.7 million hours viewed
- The informant — 8.3 million hours viewed
- Sing 2 — 7.2 million hours viewed
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