Movies are a part of our culture and life. There’s no denying it. And just like everything else in current world, you have limitless choices when it comes to the films that you watch. I’ll be honest, I don’t choose movies based on the rating letter. I’m more apt to choose based on critical reviews.
Regardless of what causes you to make a decision, I wanted to provide some reflection questions that can help us evaluate in light of the quote I mentioned a few weeks ago. “There is nothing so secular that it cannot be sacred, and that is one of the deepest messages of the Incarnation.” (Madeleine L’Engle)
-Can the film be viewed multiple times with profit or enjoyment?
-Usually character-driven movies score higher on this than plot-driven movies.
-Does the film treat an important subject in a substantial way?
-Mind: Does the film change the way you think or the way you understand something?
-Emotion: Does the film affect you viscerally?
-Behavior: Does the film change the way you live?
-Will people still be watching this film in years to come?
Viewed through this particular way of thinking, what are some movies that have influenced your faith? What are some of the films that keep you thinking even after the credits stop rolling? Here’s my list, and I don’t think any of them were from a Christian production company.