“Christian” Movies

On a homeschooling forum I used to frequent regularly, someone asked the question, “Why are Christian movies so lame?”  She then proceeded to tell of her experience of watching a movie on Netflix – Me and You, Us, Forever.  She found it pretty bad.

Her question sparked a very interesting discussion about Christian movies and why they are (generally speaking) of poor quality.  (I wish I could show you the discussion, but it is a private forum.)

Someone linked a very interesting article: Why Do Heathens Make the Best Christian Films?

Some excerpts:

Jesus began many of his parables with the phrase, “The kingdom of God is like …” (He used this construct twelve times in the Gospel of Matthew alone.)

Christian filmmakers seem to dislike mystery. Rather than using Jesus’s construct, “The kingdom of God is like … ,” their films often proclaim, “The kingdom of God is.” Nothing is left to the imagination. Audiences are not allowed to make their own connections; they are told what to think.

As long as people of faith are more concerned with messages than metaphors, they are doomed to make bad films.

So, seen any good Christian movies lately?


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Posted on Wednesday, August 10th, 2011, in Movies and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. I agree! Christian music is very much the same – the lyrics are often too obvious, with little or no poetic depth, leaving nothing to the imagination. And yes, the best Christian films are often made by heathens – with a few exceptions!

    Another factor that often makes Christian films lame is that they are usually low-budget affairs. It’s hard to get funding for films with an obvious Christian message. That fact is actually an indictment on the church itself though – there’s plenty of money in the church, especially in the US, so why isn’t it being poured into better-quality media?

    Some great Christian films not made by heathens: 1. The Second Chance, starring Michael W Smith and directed by Steve Taylor. Brilliant story and well acted. 2. Any of the Sherwood films – Flywheel, Facing the Giants, Fireproof, Courageous. Proof that a big budget isn’t needed to produce good quality.

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    • Hi, Bill, thanks for responding. _The Second Chance_ and the Sherwood filmswere mentioned in that forum. There were mixed reviews for Fireproof – mostly negative. I have not watched any of these films so I will reserve judgment.

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      • Fireproof and the other Sherwood films are unashamedly Christian in their message, and will have limited appeal outside the church for that reason. Also, they are mostly acted and crewed by unpaid volunteers, so there are a few cases where the acting quality suffers a little. Despite this they are well-written stories with good screenplays and the actors in the lead roles do a convincing job.

        One really good Christian film made using heathens (though not produced by them) was The End of the Spear. Marion and I just finished watching it tonight – a very powerful story, well told.

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      • The discussion was on a Christian homeschooling forum, so it was Christians dissing Fireproof (‘even teen heartthrob Kirk Cameron couldn’t save it’ said one woman.)

        _The End of the Spear_ is something I want to watch! This was also mentioned in that forum discussion – along with the fact that some Christians couldn’t see the bigger story because they were hung up on the fact that the lead role was played by a non-Christian. (Further details are on wikipedia.)

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  2. Just reading the description on IMDB of Me and You, Us, Forever left me yawning.

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  3. Hi, Cherilyn, thanks for waking up enough to leave a reply! 😉

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