Movie Commentary: Gone Baby Gone

The Movie Gone Baby Gone is a distinctly Christian movie, or to put it another way, distinctly Catholic. Though the Catholicism of the movie comes in the form of Roman Catholicism, it is not the distinctly Roman dogmas such as papal infallibility and the Marian dogmas that drive the religious and moral perspective of the main character. Instead it is the wisdom of Catholicism as it applies itself so readily to every day life and to situations that humans go through, that ancient wisdom of thousands of years of conversation, thought, action, doctrine, and life.

In a very real sense, the film can be characterized as ultimately displaying two competing moralities: a post-modern humanist perspective vs. a Catholic perspective. That is what makes the movie so intriguing. It is not blank evil against good, but  instead it is one way of righteousness pitted against another way of righteousness. The two different kinds of righteousness  that are placed in opposition to each other are a human-centered vs. a divine centered morality. In some ways, the moral systems of the film could be seen as a degraded Protestantism which has now boiled into a humanist secularism vs. a folk Catholicism that is seen in the young detective who may not be the most devout Catholic but who is obviously Catholic in his upbringing, beliefs, perspective, and actions. Continue reading

Movie Commentary: Prometheus

WARNING: SPOILER ALERT! To those who have not yet seen Prometheus, the following commentary reveals much about the plot, themes, and characters of the story, so you may not want to read on until you have seen it. And to those who have seen it, I would hope that this commentary would inspire you to go watch it again in order to think even more throughly through it.

The film Prometheus is a poor film for Alien fans who simply wanted a straight prequel with the same atmosphere, the same unexplainable and un-philosophical horror, and the same 70’s-80’s heavy metal like vibes where the female heroine defeats the evil with her inner Amazon warrior. For these fans, this film is a poor attempt at banking off the name of a famous franchise, when all the director really wanted to do is create a new and unique movie that really didn’t have anything to do with Alien save a few points of homage, the same homage that was paid to the movie Laurence of Arabia throughout the film.

However, to view the film in this light is simply unfortunate and short sighted. It is sweeping under the carpet a masterpiece of human creation and insightfulness. This film is much more in the league of an old classic such as Oedipus, or the ancient myth origins which go beyond some local phenomenon to speak to the grandness of the human narrative. Continue reading

Movie Commentary: A River Runs Through It

This blog will utilize a diverse range of media in which it uses to understand the world we live in from a Christian perspective. One of these mediums is film. Sometimes I will comment on a film and how it shows the rejection of Christianity in our culture, but sometimes I will comment on how film has been used to portray a certain Christian narrative to our culture.

A classic film that reveals brilliantly the Christian mind and way to a world that needs to see it and hear it is the film A River Runs Through It. I want to briefly comment on this film and how it displays a strong Christian worldview and message. For those of you whom have not seen it, I hope this commentary encourages you to watch it; and for those whom have children this may be a film to show them when they get to the right age, probably before teenage years, so that you can discuss it with them and use it as a tool for dialogue concerning the Christian life. Continue reading