One of my all-time favorite pastimes is going to the movies. I love the stories, the action, and the excitement of it all. While I love to watch movies at home as well, there is just something about seeing a show on the big screen that I can’t get enough of. I have been to the theater more times than I could possible count, and many a time waited in line for midnight releases. I guess you could call me a movie buff, and I am fluent in the language of obscure quotes and trivia.
One of the things I have noticed from my time at the cinema, which I’m sure you have seen as well, is that Hollywood loves to follow a trend. You need to look no further than the fan *favorite* Twilight series to understand that. Whatever your thoughts on the series may be, it was a huge commercial success, leading to the countless number of vampire movies and TV shows trying to copy that formula. The same thing can be seen with I Am Legend and zombie movies, or Iron Man and the rise of the all-powerful superhero genre. While granted there have been films in these genres before, it only takes one or two smash hits to launch the category into the stratosphere.
There is a recent trend of biblical and faith based movies that I find interesting. In the span of three months we have four high-profile films featuring faith in God. Let’s take a closer look at each one of these movies and their themes.
The first up is Son of God. This appears to be yet another retelling of the story of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. The movie is shot on some pretty beautiful sets and Oscar winner Hans Zimmer (composer of the Batman and Pirates scores) is up for the musical side of the film, so at least it should look and sound pretty. We shall see it in theaters February 28th, so then we will see how this one compares to the Passion of the Christ.
Next up we have God’s Not Dead. This film looks to deal with the issue of God in the college classroom. The young protagonist must face off against his college professor in a debate about the existence of God. The movie stars Shane Harper and Kevin Sorbo, with guest appearances by the Newsboys and Willie and Korie Robertson from Duck Dynasty. The film comes out on March 21st, so ready yourself for the Facebook debate that may erupt over this issue.
Next on the list is Noah, which I would consider the most high-profile of all of these movies. The film stars Russel Crowe with performances by Emma Watson and Anthony Hopkins, and tells the story of Noah’s Ark and the Flood. It looks to be taking some creative licensing with the traditional Biblical story, so we will see how close it is to the original story when it comes out on March 28th.
The final flim is the one that intrigued me the most. It is called Heaven Is For Real, and tells the story of a four year old boy who experienced Heaven during surgery. The boy then shares knowledge of things he couldn’t have known, such as meeting his miscarried sister (whom no one had ever told him about) and perfect details of his great-grandfather who died 30 years before he was born. The movie is based on a true story. The film releases on April 20th and I am excited to see how it turns out.