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May 03, 2005

Should'a Stuck with Legolas

Matthew Anderson at Mere-Orthodoxy reviews, and pans, Kingdom of Heaven, Ridley Scott's new movie starring Orlando Bloom. A good review, and interesting extended thoughts.

I think I'll just wait for the book.

Posted by Mark at May 3, 2005 10:55 PM

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Maybe he should have just stuck with Legolas. I am constantly amazed that Hollywood keeps trying and trying after the Passion of the Christ did so amazingly, but they still come up short. I guess they don't get that we want the message to be true like the Passion was.

But then they came out with that movie Saved, and that seems to have just made fun of Christians. Nice move, try to trick us into watching a movie about Christians, and then make fun of us at the same time, not a good strategy.

I think Kingdom of Heaven will turn out the same way. Do they know that Christians are not all supportive of what happened in the Crusades? Great acts of evil were done on both sides and we are not fans of our religion being abused in that way, so I think if they don't strongly show in some way, why even though for the most part the Crusades were wrong, the motives were seemingly good.

Arthur is another movie that mocked Christianity. The Arthurian legend that most of us have grown up with painted Camelot as being a Christian and moral place. In Arthur, although it might be more historically accurate than the aformentioned versions, he is a Roman and thus is a polytheist. Merlin and his band of thieves and bandits are described as people who believe in one God and are thus, crazy. I found it to be an insulting movie.

I don't think Hollywood is going to understand how to market to Christians until they let Christians make the movies. Mel Gibson had to finance his movie by himself because nobody wanted to take a risk. And since he is a believer, he was able to make the movie fit our beliefs. Hollywood may be missing out on these key issues in trying to make Christian movies.

Posted by: Ryan Scott at May 4, 2005 06:00 AM