As a faithful, church-going Christian, let me say, I couldn't care less if
movies accurately reflect my beliefs. I care about them being good movies. Noah:
really good movie. Heaven is real: Not so much.
It will if there's money to be made in it. Of course, that has to be
tempered with the idea that the stories of religion are entirely subjective.
The problem is, who decides what is being true to events? There are two
different accounts of the creation and of the great flood. Scholars acknowledge
that Genesis has to be a composite from different authors. There are numerous
inconsistencies and contradictions (too many to even attempt to mention in my
limited comments) between the stories of Jesus from the four Gospels and Acts. I
like the comment of the director of "Noah" who said, yes, they took
liberties, but with a story that has already been mythologized.
I've seen a number of faith based movies this last year, and I wasn't
overwhelmed by any of them. However, I took my grandchildren to see "How To
Train Your Dragon 2", and was blown away by the pure family love and
forgiveness depicted. For me, it was the high point of my movie experience this
There can be quite a difference between "pushing my version of faith"
movies and inspiring movies. As others point out, most inspiring movies are not
directly about religion.The greatest Hollywood "faith"
movies were, of course, made mainly by Jewish people.In the 20th Century, there
was a carryover European tradition of salting in a few "high brow
projects" among the popular entertainment. These people knew how to tell
stories.All one has to do is turn on a "Christian radio
station" and listen to mostly mediocre, preachy, and treacly junk.If you think there need to be more "Christian pushing movie making" --
Go rent:It's a Wonderful LifeMiracle on 34th StreetCinderella, Bambi, any Disney classicWicked --- etc etc etcInspiration does not come from plodding through Biblical stories -- it comes
from inspired storytelling.
The simple answer is no they can not.Because they do not understand
faith, they do not understand the scriptures nor value them, nor do the
understand the people of faith.The farther you move into darkness,
the less you appreciate and even able to stand the light.
‘Can Hollywood keep the faith in faith-based films?’======= The question really is:Which Faith?Who's interpretation of the Bible is right?It's as old a
religion isteslf...As much as I believe our LDS Temples are true,
if other "Christians" or "Jews" saw it -- that would rip
"Because they do not understand faith, they do not understand the scriptures
nor value them, nor do the understand the people of faith."Is if
fair to assume that "THEY" means "Hollywood"?Paint
with a broad brush much?
I don't think Hollywood has anything against religion. They will make
money off it when they can.But Hollywood movies show the
director's bias. And those directors are often not even people of faith.
So it shouldn't be shocking when they diverge a little for
entertainment's sake.I would not look to Hollywood to build my
faith. I would go to the source (scriptures, prayer, etc), not movies about
the scriptures. But I see no reason why one director's adaptation of a
scriptural story should affect your own faith much (one way or the other).Movies, music, books, etc, can be moving (no doubt). But it's not
the same thing people of faith are looking for when they read the scriptures and
pray. All the above can bring inspiration... but it's different.
If Hollywood 'keeps the faith' then society will be 'livin on a
Although many Christian religions are morphing into the homogeneous prosperity
doctrine of Christianity light, I don't think they can make all the
different opinions in Christianity happy at the same time with biblically
accurate plots.You'd probably have good luck with a story about
a man that prays to become rich, and does. Just guessing.
For Hollywood to be truly successful in developing "Faith-based Films"
they need to forget about profit margins and loading up their casts with super
stars and just develop honest films without the added special effects or drama
to bring in a crowd. Emotions and spiritual experiences, though similar, are
still very different experiences. Emotional experiences cannot be substituted
in place of spiritual experiences and yield the same result. It just
doesn't work that way. On the other hand, it is impressive and refreshing
that Hollywood wants to delve into more appropriate genres for audiences that
carry more meaning and depth to society than much of what they have produced in
The complete reason for the flood is not given is Genesis anyway. Sure organized
evangelical tradition keeps its' story alive that was adopted by a few
versus in the Old Testament. But greater accounts are given relative to the back
drop of 1600 years between the fall of man and the 'Great Flood' not
included in Genesis. What is in the canon of scripture is incomplete but their
are accounts, stories, other traditions, and the Book of Enoch (relative to back
drop) that provide greater insight surrounding the parameters and characters at
the time of the flood. People get too hung up on what their church
claims to be the be all and end all of the flood. Usually it's because they
think the story is inaccurate to limited Old Testament texts that don't
give the whole story anyway.
the truthHolladay, UTThe simple answer is no they can not.Because they do not understand faith, they do not understand the scriptures
nor value them, nor do the understand the people of faith.The farther you
move into darkness, the less you appreciate and even able to stand the light.-----I was taught that Jesus wants us all to see we are brothers,
to see the beauty in our fellow man, to walk in the shoes of another.Nowhere in the teachings at my Sunday School were we told to have pride, to
arrogantly look down on others and to assume that their spirituality is poor,
nor to compare it to our own.I guess everyone is tempted to think
that his church is superior, and that belonging to it makes him superior, but I
think Jesus would tell us to let that temptation go.
I suppose that Hollywood might produce some good faith-based movies if it wanted
to. I agree with one poster who suggested you would need to find some believers
in Hollywood and there are some, maybe many more than is apparent. You would
need a sympathetic producer and director, as well as sympathetic and
knowledgeable actors, to do it properly. I haven't seen
"God Isn't Dead" yet but I assume it was worlds better than
"Noah". What wouldn't be?Whether Hollywood can and
will produce quality inspiring movies at all, in any quantity, is unknown to me.
Not to worry though; there are other film companies in the world than those
comprehended by "Hollywood". I wish them well, however, in any and all
honest endeavors in that direction.
My big sister back east only went to view the movie because of Russell Crowe.
No matter how many overtly Christian-themed movies are released, conservative
religious folk will continue to complain that it's not enough. It'll
NEVER be enough. One of the favorite hobby of the hand-wringing right is
complaining about evil liberal Hollywood. You think they're gonna give that
up? No way, no how.As someone who is an aspiring movie buff, I will
say that the "God Is Not Dead," "Heaven is Real," and "Left
Behind" stuff appeals to people who are not really interested in how
well-made a movie is. They don't want "original." The don't
want none of that phoney baloney "art". They certainly don't want
to see anything subversive or be challenged in any way. They want cinematic
comfort food. Make them feel warm and fuzzy and reinforce how they feel about
their place in the world, and it's a "classic." Ditto for many
Mormons and Mormon cinema.And, whatever. If if works for you, fine.
It's harmless. But these people will never be satisfied. Playing the victim
and whining that there aren't enough movies out there for good Christians
is their hobby.
Hollywood is a business, and like any business, it exists to make money. The
only reason there are more faith-based films being made now than a few years ago
is because Hollywood discovered there actually is a market for this kind of
entertainment. Personally, I don't really care that there are more
Biblical films. As others have said, I only watch movies in order to be
entertained, and not to reaffirm my faith. But I also don't order a pizza
when I go to a restaurant that specializes in fish. When I hear
about a new restaurant, I read reviews on it before I go there. When I'm
traveling, I read reviews on hotels before booking the room. When it comes to
movies, I read reviews before I buy a ticket. I want to know about the subject
matter, the content, the rating, etc. before I decide if I want to see it.
Hollywood will take my money whenever I'm willing to give it to them. But
what I choose to support with my money is a matter of personal responsibility.
Can you put a square peg into a round hole?
That was an exciting science-fiction adventure...Not much to do with
Noah's life or calling. A bunch of faithless adventures according to
this rendition of a prophet of God saving mankind.I really like
Crowe's performances.... But this did not show anything like the Bible
tells us. Bunch of heathens, acting like those who were left in the flood
waters to die. Noah intention of murdering his grandchild. This
movie was full of evil behaviors by servants of God.........no this was not a
Bible story come to life...A fantasy of a non believer trying to make a
profitable movie.......Did you go away with a vision of how it might have
been?....Only if you don't believe a word of Genesis.... Noah
was a righteous man who worked for 40 years to do God's will..Satan
loves to mix lies with truths to confuse us dumb sheep..How could Satan
possibly accomplish this? Satan is instinct mechanism and totally
operates/construction of reality...It is a creation by our Lord and is
required for any life form to exist/operate;In our universe
anyway.....Prepare for our Lord Jesus Christ's return. With Equality.