Wednesday, March 5, 2014

No Cheap Shots at the Son of God

The team at Calvary in Miami took a road trip yesterday to see the 'Son of God' film. 
At the macro level I applaud the exposure of the life of Jesus at a multiplex. 
This treatment came from the producers of 'Touched By An Angel' and 'Shark Tank,' so the bar of cinema expectation needs to be set at that level.
'Son of God' is a repackaged distillation of the well received History Channel mini-series from last spring.  
So, no surprise seeing  Surfer Jesus starring in a predictable TV quality telling of the gospel. Nothing wrong with that, but......
this is not the movie I would have made, however it is probably the zenith of what these filmmakers are capable of. Move on. 

Truth be told, I think Daniel did a better job of casting and costumes in our reenactment of the storm on the sea of Galilee in our 'The Jesus Boat Revealed' documentary. (Biased view)

Well, the Word never comes back void, so it is what it is.  Those with nit picking critiques about 'Son of God,' need to seriously get a life, this is an honest attempt by two well connected Hollywood types to use their craft for the Great Commission. May their tribe increase.

The evolution of Christian film has been laborious and full of cheesy knock-offs. We are well past the time when Christians should be happy just to be in the game. As Phil Cooke cryptically commented, 'Christians have their own media awards for the same reason there are Gay Olympics, we can't compete with the big boys."  Ouch and amen. 
I've never attended a Dove Awards ceremony precisely for that reason.

Chariots of Fire, Shadowlands, The Passion (nearly a perfect film) and Jesus of Nazareth, all illustrate that our message can have a powerful adaptation to the film medium. 
The list of lame Christian films is too long to detail. 

Speaking of Phil Cooke, here are his thoughts about the upcoming movie, 

We need to simply tell our story, true testimonies of changed lives are stronger than fiction.
So many great movies remain to be made, we should not be satisfied with churning out second rate faith based films.

 Progress has been made, much more remains to be done.