Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Thoughts on Christian Movies

Here are some thoughts from Steve Taylor, the director of the soon premiering Blue Like Jazz movie on the "Christian movie" genre:

"But over the last five years or so, 'Christian Movie' has calcified in the public consciousness into a genre where:

  • Sentimentality trumps substance
  • Good intentions trump artistry
  • All conflict must be tidily resolved
  • “Safe for the whole family” is a de facto requirement
I’m not saying this critique is always fair or justified. In the case of the best known movies in this genre – Facing The Giants, Fireproof, etc., by the Kendricks Brothers – I’ve given them props in the past for being good visual storytellers and actually getting movies made with the resources at hand. But they’ve also contributed to (and possibly cemented) the aforementioned stereotypes." 

I recently saw their latest movie, Courageous, not having seen the some of their earlier movies. I have been told that they improved with each film but I found myself with the same sort of feelings about it as Taylor's. I am not necessarily supporting the BLJ film. I enjoyed the book but the trailers honestly don't look promising. 

I'm ready for some new good movies to be made-- good in every sense of the word. 

What do you think?


Bailey Brock said...
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Bailey Brock said...

Maybe film projects are just the beginning :)