Keeping up with annual tradition, my mother & father in-law watched our children while Kelly and I got to drive into St. Louis to watch TWO movies last night. We watched The Golden Compass and I Am Legend on IMAX. Let me say – I love IMAX!!! LOVE IT!!
O.K…we went to go see the controversial Golden Compass. The movie is based on Phillip Pullman’s trilogy that supposedly has God as the enemy and is antithetical to faith.
So we finished watching the movie and I have decided that I’m now…an atheist. Just kidding!
Actually, I rather enjoyed the movie. Great story, excellent special effects, the acting was good – action packed, etc.! I left thinking that it would be difficult for a child to see this one movie and somehow leave no longer believing in God.
However, the bad guys are the Magisterium and the parallels to the institutional Catholic church take no great leap. But unless you are coming from a Catholic or highly structured denomination of Christianity, I’m not sure your kids would even catch it. There are words such as “daemon” (which is used positively in the movie), “dust,” “free will,” etc. that are allusions to the biblical story and given different “twists.”
Here is my deal. The movie ended with needing a sequel. My understanding of the books (which I have not read, but am now curious about) is that the first two books are rather tame and that the third book is the most explicit in regards to being antithetical to God/faith, etc. Because of that, or until I read the other books, I’m not sure I want my children getting into this story line only to not see the other two (or last movie) because it was explicitly undermining to faith. So there is much to think through. One of the better reviews I have read is from Albert Mohler. You can read his review here. I especially appreciate the “What Christians Should Do” section.
But to adults, it is a good story. It is a good movie. If you don’t want your children to see it – I totally understand that. But the last thing the church should do is go nuts with boycotts, forwarded e-mails, mass warnings, etc. In fact, had it not been for those, I probably wouldn’t have seen the movie at all (the flesh in me )!
I Am Legend – excellent thriller. Different than I thought it was going to be. And I saw it on the IMAX! I thought Will Smith was excellent. When we left the movie theater, my shoulders and neck were sore from being so tense.
You should see this movie! Even more so if you can find it on an IMAX.
I still really want to see the Great Debaters.