A trailer for a new Christian movie was released.
And it is one of the worst things I’ve ever seen.
Let There Be Light (2017):
30 seconds in, and I thought This must be a parody of the trailer. Not the actual trailer.
But I was wrong. This is real.
I don’t know where to start…
The narration is the worst I’ve ever heard.
The dialogue is as subtle as a trainwreck.
The message — atheist converts after a deadly experience — has been done to death. (Pun intended.)
For example: Another Christian movie staring Kevin Sorbo as an atheist who converts: God’s Not Dead (2014):
And before you say “You’re just an atheist liberal,” as the name of my blog implies, I’m a Catholic, and my political views lean towards conservatism. My point is: I am the intended audience for this movie, and I hate it.
I hate it because it’s mediocre.
If excellence declares the glory of the Lord, as Psalm 19:1 attests, than Let There Be Light is not an angelic host singing, it is nails on a chalkboard.
Movies like Let There Be Light are why I believe that the world doesn’t need more “Christian movies.”
What the world needs, I believe, is just more stories that portray goodness, truth, or beauty no matter where that goodness, truth, or beauty comes from.
“Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things.”
~ Philippians 4:8
Because of Philippians 4:8, I have found much to think about in, for example, stories about lesbian lovers…
…friendly forest spirits…
…and killer aliens.
Watching the Let There Be Light trailer after experiencing the peace and beauty of Totoro’s realm…
…I felt like Clark Griswold in Christmas Vacation (1989):
Here was a movie (Let There Be Light) that promised to show me (a Catholic conservative) what I, on paper, should love.
But, as Let There Be Light reminded me:
Appearances can be deceiving.