Movies Are Medicine

It’s not enough to offer Christian audiences more movies they ‘need’ to see – like some kind of medicine. Christian audiences must be offered movies they ‘want’ to see.
~ David Outten, The Billion-Dollar Christian Movie

When it comes to movies, I feel that I’ve reached a point where what I need to see and what I want to see are the same thing.

For example:

I’ve gotten bored with movies like the ones Marvel makes because even though they’re well-made, they don’t do anything for me.

They don’t give me what I need.

I would rather have a movie that isn’t always successful in giving me what I need — like Prometheus (2012) — than have a movie that succeeds in making me not think deeply about anything at all — like The Avengers (2012).

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The Avengers is the kind of movie that David Outten and other people at Movieguide want more of.

I like The Avengers, but I’ve never found myself thinking about it for more than 5 minutes at a time. The movie is the equivalent of cotton candy: It tastes good, and I enjoy it while I’m eating it, but if I ate nothing but cotton candy for the rest of my life I would die.

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The Avengers is candy.

I hunger for meat and vegetables.

Life can be complex, dark, ambiguous, disturbing, and not everyone’s story ends happily.

I need movies that reflect that reality.

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5 thoughts on “Movies Are Medicine

  1. I agree with you on this point but, as I’m sure you know, the reason they make these blockbuster smash hits like “The Avengers” is because they make a lot of money. It’s funny, but mostly sad, how money trumps wellness in this country.

  2. A long time ago in a Hollywood that seems far away, there were filmmakers who could make movies both challenging and commercially successful. But now one has to look to truly independent filmmakers to find challenging, artistic, deep films. How long has it been since we’ve seen something like, say, Koyaanisqatsi, that even today challenges most people’s ideas about what a “movie” should be?

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