I've remarked in the past how starkly different Hollywood in the 1940s was from Hollywood in our day.
In the 1940s America was engaged in World War II. Hollywood put out scores of movies sharing the function of uniting us as a country in the conflict, extolling our troops' bravery and heroics, identifying the enemy as an enemy. This was after 2403 people died in an attack on American soil, on Pearl Harbor — itself the subject of a number of movies.
In our day, after 2985 people died in an attack on American soil, on 9/11/01. America went to war against terrorism. It was necessarily a very different and more difficult war, in that "terrorism" is not a country. Rather, terrorists use host-countries as bases of operation.
In the ~8 years of the prosecution of this war, Hollywood produced nothing along the lines of the WWII movies. A good movie on the WTC, another good one on Flight 93... and that's about it. Nothing positive about the conflict, the troops, the conduct of the war.
Think about that. Afghanistan? "Foolish! Nobody can win there! The Russians had to admit defeat and withdraw!" Bush sends the troops in, they fight with honor, bam! initial objective achieved.
Worth a movie?
Iraq? "O noes! Elite Republican Guard! Saddam will fight like a madman! Can't be done! We're all going to die!" Bush sends the troops in, they fight with honor, bam! initial objective achieved. People liberated from a tyrant, another democracy planted in the Middle East, free votes, purple fingers.
Worth a movie?
Both conflicts filled with stories of troops serving with great honor and distinction and heroism, every bit on a level with our fathers and grandfathers at Normandy.
Worth a movie?
In fact, Hollywood positively backed away from anything that might remotely be construed as supportive. When the TV series 24 featured terrorists, it also put out an announcement in effect apologizing for the fact. Movie plots were changed so as not to feature the sorts who actually carried out the September 11 attacks.
Hollywood has become rabidly liberal, which is to say anti-American. This war was prosecuted by (some kind of) a Christian, pro-life, (at-least nominally) conservative Republican president. He didn't fit Hollywood's marriage to the Democratic Party and cocktail-party liberalism. So, troops fought, bled, died without the Hollywood film factory's support. (Though individual stars such as Gary Sinise did do their part and more to support the troops.)
What brought that up?
Well, eight years of heroics and battles and stirring successes were not worth a movie.
But now, Hollywood is instantly planning a movie about the heroics of one man, Captain Richard Phillips. Instantly, within weeks of the incident — which was, indeed, heroic; and almost surely does, indeed, rate a movie retelling.
Gee, but why now?
Simple. You all know the answer.
Their man is president now — a radically-liberal pro-abort extremist. He's like Hollywood. He affirms Hollywood. He shares their arrogance and contempt for America. And he looks good in this event. Now it's okay to do a positive movie about something American.