Note: The purpose of this series of posts — “Critiquing Movieguide” — is to point out times that Movieguide makes me facepalm. As a follower of Jesus and a lover of movies, Movieguide should be speakin’ my language. But they don’t. Often. Horribly.
From a post published recently on Movieguide (you can read the whole thing by clicking here):
2015 Was a Spectacular Year for Movies with Faith and Values
2015 was the year that THE GOOD DINOSAUR learned to “fear not” so he could reunite with his family.
2015 was the year that ANT-MAN showed that fathers and daughters need each other.
2015 was the year that THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 2 showed us that power corrupts.
2015 was the year that MAD MAX learned that, by grace, he could be redeemed.
2015 was the year that CAPTIVE showed the power of Grace.
2015 was the year that DO YOU BELIEVE? showed us how we should then live.
2015 was the year that A.D.: THE BIBLE CONTINUES showed the power of the Holy Spirit in the lives of believers.
2015 was the year that sex did not sell – again.
2015 was the year that foul language did not sell – again.
2015 was the year that graphic nudity did not sell – again.
2015 was the year that godless, politically correct, narcissistic, radical values and lifestyles did not sell – again.
And, finally, 2015 was the year that movies reflecting Christian, redemptive, biblical principles and practices with morally uplifting values and patriotic, pro-capitalist, anti-socialist content promoting liberty continued to be far more financially successful than those that deliberately and strongly violated those values and principles.
A.D.: The Bible Continues was cancelled due to low ratings. (Read more here.)
Ant-Man, the consensus seems to be, was a let-down considering the Marvel movies that had come before. (Read more here.)
Moackingjay — Part 2 was the lowest grossing of the “Hunger Games” movies. (Read more here.)
My point is this: While all of these movies are good in more ways than one, they’re not the cinematic powerhouses that Movieguide seems to think they are.
And what’s with the focus on “patriotism”? I thought that Movieguide’s worldview didn’t have anything to do with politics or nationalism. I thought that Movieguide’s worldview was biblical.
On another note:
Movieguide says that sex, swearing, nudity, etc. didn’t sell well in 2015. But, what vice didn’t Moveiguide mention? Violence. Mad Max: Fury Road: The violence in Fury Road is graphic, yet Movieguide praises it.
My point is this: To ask two questions. A movie like Fury Road is praised, despite its graphic violence. Is it not possible then for a movie to be praised despite its graphic sex, swearing, nudity, etc.? Or its graphic depiction of, for example, a narcissistic lifestyle? According to Movieguide, the answer to both of these questions is “No.”