Tuesday, July 01, 2008
Great Family Fantasy Film
Brandon and I watched The Golden Compass together on Monday night. It was a great show.
I too received the emails saying Christians should protest this movie. I must have received that forward at least a half a dozen times, all from people who had not read the book. I talked to my brother Ted, who has actually read the book and he said there was nothing anti-Christian about it. The email purported that the movie was about killing God. That is blatantly false. The bad guys in the movie are trying to take away people's agency. That's just what we want in a good movie, really bad bad-guys. Personally I thought it was much better than the first Narnia movie, which lacked all of the feeling and humor that the book had. And they kill the symbolic Christ in The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe and nobody protested that.
I am heartbroken the The Golden Compass essentially flopped in US theaters all because of some false, right-wing, fanatic, religious campaign. Fortunately it did well internationally. I hope they will decide to make the rest of the trilogy into movies as originally planned. I certainly intend to read the books now.
Here is a link to some more stuff about the author. He is certainly an atheist and anti-religion, but that doesn't really bother me. He seems to be an intellectual who supports morals and good values.