“…test everything; hold fast what is good.” (1 Thessalonians 5:21)
Superficial: Appearing to be true or real only until examined more closely.
From Tom Snyder’s review of There Will Be Blood (2007):
“The realistic, gritty atmosphere created by screenwriter/director Paul Thomas Anderson and actor Daniel Day-Lewis as Daniel Plainview is tremendous. It is practically ruined, however, by Anderson’s evil caricature of Eli, the revenge-minded preacher, and the over-the-top, unrealistic performance of Paul Dano as Eli. In fact, THERE WILL BE BLOOD is one of the most mean-spirited, anti-Christian, superficial, and poorly played portrayals of religion ever created in movie history. God knows there have been plenty of insincere, sinful leaders in the Christian church, but there have also been many good Christians who have exposed and opposed such false leaders. The short length of most feature films often require stereotypes, even negative ones, to tell a good story, but when they are so mean-spirited, superficial and poorly played as this one is, they appeal only to narrow-minded bigots with an ax to grind, whose mental faculties and hearts have been poisoned by their sinful misanthropic prejudice.” (Emphasis mine.)
So, Tom Snyder, let me get this straight:
You criticize There Will Be Blood for its portrayal of a judgmental Christian:
“…evil caricature…over-the-top…mean-spirited… THERE WILL BE BLOOD is one of the most mean-spirited, anti-Christian, superficial, and poorly played portrayals of religion ever created in movie history.” (Emphasis mine.)
And then, two sentences later, you judge people who like There Will Be Blood by saying:
There Will Be Blood will “…appeal only to narrow-minded bigots with an ax to grind, whose mental faculties and hearts have been poisoned by their sinful misanthropic prejudice.” (Emphasis mine.)
Tom Snyder: Do you know what “Hypocrisy” is?
Hypocrisy: The practice of claiming to have moral standards or beliefs to which one’s own behavior does not conform; pretense.