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Published: Sunday, July 27 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT

Updated: Tuesday, Aug. 5 2014 1:26 p.m. MDT

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E Sam
Provo, UT

As a faithful, church-going Christian, let me say, I couldn't care less if movies accurately reflect my beliefs. I care about them being good movies. Noah: really good movie. Heaven is real: Not so much.

Hutterite
American Fork, UT

It will if there's money to be made in it. Of course, that has to be tempered with the idea that the stories of religion are entirely subjective.

nonceleb
Salt Lake City, UT

The problem is, who decides what is being true to events? There are two different accounts of the creation and of the great flood. Scholars acknowledge that Genesis has to be a composite from different authors. There are numerous inconsistencies and contradictions (too many to even attempt to mention in my limited comments) between the stories of Jesus from the four Gospels and Acts. I like the comment of the director of "Noah" who said, yes, they took liberties, but with a story that has already been mythologized.

gmlewis
Houston, TX

I've seen a number of faith based movies this last year, and I wasn't overwhelmed by any of them. However, I took my grandchildren to see "How To Train Your Dragon 2", and was blown away by the pure family love and forgiveness depicted. For me, it was the high point of my movie experience this year.

Bob K
Davis, CA

There can be quite a difference between "pushing my version of faith" movies and inspiring movies. As others point out, most inspiring movies are not directly about religion.

The greatest Hollywood "faith" movies were, of course, made mainly by Jewish people.In the 20th Century, there was a carryover European tradition of salting in a few "high brow projects" among the popular entertainment. These people knew how to tell stories.

All one has to do is turn on a "Christian radio station" and listen to mostly mediocre, preachy, and treacly junk.

If you think there need to be more "Christian pushing movie making" -- Go rent:
It's a Wonderful Life
Miracle on 34th Street
Cinderella, Bambi, any Disney classic
Wicked --- etc etc etc

Inspiration does not come from plodding through Biblical stories -- it comes from inspired storytelling.

the truth
Holladay, UT

The simple answer is no they can not.

Because they do not understand faith, they do not understand the scriptures nor value them, nor do the understand the people of faith.

The farther you move into darkness, the less you appreciate and even able to stand the light.

Open Minded Mormon
Everett, 00

‘Can Hollywood keep the faith in faith-based films?’

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The question really is:
Which Faith?

Who's interpretation of the Bible is right?

It's as old a religion isteslf...

As much as I believe our LDS Temples are true,
if other "Christians" or "Jews" saw it -- that would rip it apart.

JoeBlow
Far East USA, SC

"Because they do not understand faith, they do not understand the scriptures nor value them, nor do the understand the people of faith."

Is if fair to assume that "THEY" means "Hollywood"?

Paint with a broad brush much?

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

I don't think Hollywood has anything against religion. They will make money off it when they can.

But Hollywood movies show the director's bias. And those directors are often not even people of faith. So it shouldn't be shocking when they diverge a little for entertainment's sake.

I would not look to Hollywood to build my faith. I would go to the source (scriptures, prayer, etc), not movies about the scriptures. But I see no reason why one director's adaptation of a scriptural story should affect your own faith much (one way or the other).

Movies, music, books, etc, can be moving (no doubt). But it's not the same thing people of faith are looking for when they read the scriptures and pray. All the above can bring inspiration... but it's different.

Wally West
SLC, UT

If Hollywood 'keeps the faith' then society will be 'livin on a prayer'.

freedomingood
provo, Utah

Although many Christian religions are morphing into the homogeneous prosperity doctrine of Christianity light, I don't think they can make all the different opinions in Christianity happy at the same time with biblically accurate plots.

You'd probably have good luck with a story about a man that prays to become rich, and does. Just guessing.

vangroovin
West Jordan, UT

For Hollywood to be truly successful in developing "Faith-based Films" they need to forget about profit margins and loading up their casts with super stars and just develop honest films without the added special effects or drama to bring in a crowd. Emotions and spiritual experiences, though similar, are still very different experiences. Emotional experiences cannot be substituted in place of spiritual experiences and yield the same result. It just doesn't work that way. On the other hand, it is impressive and refreshing that Hollywood wants to delve into more appropriate genres for audiences that carry more meaning and depth to society than much of what they have produced in the past.

gdog3finally
West Jordan, Utah

The complete reason for the flood is not given is Genesis anyway. Sure organized evangelical tradition keeps its' story alive that was adopted by a few versus in the Old Testament. But greater accounts are given relative to the back drop of 1600 years between the fall of man and the 'Great Flood' not included in Genesis. What is in the canon of scripture is incomplete but their are accounts, stories, other traditions, and the Book of Enoch (relative to back drop) that provide greater insight surrounding the parameters and characters at the time of the flood.

People get too hung up on what their church claims to be the be all and end all of the flood. Usually it's because they think the story is inaccurate to limited Old Testament texts that don't give the whole story anyway.

Bob K
Davis, CA

the truth
Holladay, UT
The simple answer is no they can not.
Because they do not understand faith, they do not understand the scriptures nor value them, nor do the understand the people of faith.
The farther you move into darkness, the less you appreciate and even able to stand the light.
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I was taught that Jesus wants us all to see we are brothers, to see the beauty in our fellow man, to walk in the shoes of another.

Nowhere in the teachings at my Sunday School were we told to have pride, to arrogantly look down on others and to assume that their spirituality is poor, nor to compare it to our own.

I guess everyone is tempted to think that his church is superior, and that belonging to it makes him superior, but I think Jesus would tell us to let that temptation go.

Gildas
LOGAN, UT

I suppose that Hollywood might produce some good faith-based movies if it wanted to. I agree with one poster who suggested you would need to find some believers in Hollywood and there are some, maybe many more than is apparent. You would need a sympathetic producer and director, as well as sympathetic and knowledgeable actors, to do it properly.

I haven't seen "God Isn't Dead" yet but I assume it was worlds better than "Noah". What wouldn't be?

Whether Hollywood can and will produce quality inspiring movies at all, in any quantity, is unknown to me. Not to worry though; there are other film companies in the world than those comprehended by "Hollywood". I wish them well, however, in any and all honest endeavors in that direction.

FanOfTheSith
Vernal, UT

My big sister back east only went to view the movie because of Russell Crowe. LOL!

SlopJ30
St Louis, MO

No matter how many overtly Christian-themed movies are released, conservative religious folk will continue to complain that it's not enough. It'll NEVER be enough. One of the favorite hobby of the hand-wringing right is complaining about evil liberal Hollywood. You think they're gonna give that up? No way, no how.

As someone who is an aspiring movie buff, I will say that the "God Is Not Dead," "Heaven is Real," and "Left Behind" stuff appeals to people who are not really interested in how well-made a movie is. They don't want "original." The don't want none of that phoney baloney "art". They certainly don't want to see anything subversive or be challenged in any way. They want cinematic comfort food. Make them feel warm and fuzzy and reinforce how they feel about their place in the world, and it's a "classic." Ditto for many Mormons and Mormon cinema.

And, whatever. If if works for you, fine. It's harmless. But these people will never be satisfied. Playing the victim and whining that there aren't enough movies out there for good Christians is their hobby.

yodak
Dallas, TX

Hollywood is a business, and like any business, it exists to make money. The only reason there are more faith-based films being made now than a few years ago is because Hollywood discovered there actually is a market for this kind of entertainment. Personally, I don't really care that there are more Biblical films. As others have said, I only watch movies in order to be entertained, and not to reaffirm my faith. But I also don't order a pizza when I go to a restaurant that specializes in fish.

When I hear about a new restaurant, I read reviews on it before I go there. When I'm traveling, I read reviews on hotels before booking the room. When it comes to movies, I read reviews before I buy a ticket. I want to know about the subject matter, the content, the rating, etc. before I decide if I want to see it. Hollywood will take my money whenever I'm willing to give it to them. But what I choose to support with my money is a matter of personal responsibility.

Hank Jr
Draper, UT

Can you put a square peg into a round hole?

brotherJonathan
SLC, UT

That was an exciting science-fiction adventure...Not much to do with Noah's life or calling.
A bunch of faithless adventures according to this rendition of a prophet of God saving mankind.
I really like Crowe's performances.... But this did not show anything like the Bible tells us.
Bunch of heathens, acting like those who were left in the flood waters to die.

Noah intention of murdering his grandchild. This movie was full of evil behaviors by servants of God.........no this was not a Bible story come to life...
A fantasy of a non believer trying to make a profitable movie.......
Did you go away with a vision of how it might have been?....
Only if you don't believe a word of Genesis....
Noah was a righteous man who worked for 40 years to do God's will..
Satan loves to mix lies with truths to confuse us dumb sheep..
How could Satan possibly accomplish this?
Satan is instinct mechanism and totally operates/construction of reality...
It is a creation by our Lord and is required for any life form to exist/operate;
In our universe anyway.....Prepare for our Lord Jesus Christ's return. With Equality.

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