The In My Honest Opinion Series (IMHO) is a series of posts for the purpose of declaring my opinion on certain subjects. My honest opinion. (Yes, thank you, Mary.) These posts will be my totally unbiased, totally unaltered-on-any-grounds opinion. Each and every one of my readers are entitled to the right to comment below with their own opinion and an argument, if they so desire. Let us begin.
I haven’t done an IMHO post in a while, and I’m thinking I should, so let’s get started, shall we?
My thoughts about the film God’s Not Dead 2 can be summed up in the following gif:
But, because this is a blog post, I’ll expound.
Like the rest of the Christian population, I saw God’s Not Dead in the theater, texted my friends at the end, reviewed it, liked it, the whole nine yards. I thought it was a good movie. Not fantastic, but good. What it lacked in story doctrinal accuracy it made up for in cinematography (which is huge for an independent film.)
But, the more I think about it, the more I don’t like it. (And it wasn’t just Kevin’s awesome review that made me start to rethink my opinion of it.)
After all, a movie that tries to prove the existence of God through storytelling has to do it exactly right. There’s no wiggle room available in that area. And I think the writers may have been a little off in the debate scenes.
Plus, it’s just not my style. I’d rather see a movie that shows the daily trials that Christians go through and how God’s grace equips them to battle day-to-day persecution, not a movie that assumes I’m an Atheist, preaches at me, and tries to convert me every three seconds. (Because when your main motive to make a movie is to convert people, your film is going to suffer.)
So when I heard that Pureflix is going to make a sequel… well.
And then I saw the trailer. *facepalm*
(Side note: Guys, it’s going to be released on April 1st. April Fools Day. REALLY?! They’re just asking for those jokes in addition to the backlash from all of the non-believers and people who hated the first movie.)
I have no problem with Christian movies. I love Christian movies. (In fact, I’m trying to narrow down my five favorites for a blog post.) But, again, when the main purpose for the film is evangelism, the people who need it the most (IF THEY EVEN GO SEE THE FILM) will already be so biased that they’ll be closed to the message.
The main purpose of every story is, first and foremost, to give glory to God. Only barely second to that is a good story – because if you don’t have a good story, there’s no point to make the film or write the novel in the first place. Your story should also move people, regardless of their religious background. And it’s only after the story is set in stone that you can try to put in the Christian undertones.
I want someone to make a big-budget Christian film where the main character is real – not someone who talks about God all of the time because, be honest guys, do we do that? I hate Christian films that make Christians seem like they read their Bible all the time and only listen to Christian music (or classical music written by Christian composers) and only want to talk about God.
I like Marvel movies. I read books that have language in them. I listen to Taylor Swift and Imagine Dragons. Heck, I read Harry Potter! Does that make me less of a Christian? If I were in a Christian film, I’d probably be the wandering friend who is losing her faith (who the main character has to convert, obviously).
What I’m trying to say is that I want more realistic Christian films. And whether God’s Not Dead 2 is going to be realistic or not, I’ll probably get dragged along to go see it. And I’ll probably review it, if only to point out the inaccuracies. So stay tuned.
Finally, here’s Kevin’s response to the trailer. As always, I totally agree with him. Plus, he says it better. So watch it.