Greetings all! I thought to put this topic in the family section as the message of the movie "courageous" is based on fatherhood.
What follows is my own review of the movie. Please add a review of your own...
Well I have followed the Kendrick brothers in their movie series...Flywheel, facing the giants, Fireproof...and now Courageous.
These movies are steeped in the call to do what is right before men and God. The movies themselves vary in quality but the sincerety of the producers comes through in them all. The emphasis on righteousness is well thought out in order to gain the largest possible audience. I, personally, very much liked the first 2 ...very poignant and very needed in our society. They stand as beacons to righteousness and trust in God.
Now for Courageous!!!
I thought it had a great beginning...showing a lot of promise, and there was a healthy dose of humour throughout as well. Quite entertaining.
But there were obvious flaws as well. For instance the speech of the rookie cop to his partner was forced...like we have to mention that Jesus died on the cross at one point so we'll just shoehorn it in here. One gets the impression that the writers are not so sure themselves how the sacrifice of Jesus plays into a family's happiness. So the telltale sign of a religious agenda mars the basic message of the movie by being overly preachy...but to no added value to the movie. A few times I felt as if I was watching a Mormon infomercial. I think we've all seem those. And I do mean Mormon, with the emphasis on a happy home life and family values. After all they believe that families are literally "forever".
But the movie does have a value in bringing the responsibility of fathers to the forefront. It just maybe could have been done without an over appealing to the Sunday crowd...like a broader outreach to the whole population would have been nice. We even see a choir in the last sequences where Mr. Kendrick does his speech before his own congregation ...literally preaching to the choir.
Which raises the issue of just what is Christianity to the family? Does Jesus just want a happy home life for His followers? Or are we to forsake all to follow Christ putting the family second in all things!!
So the message is good...but it is not essentially Christian...more Mormon in my view. There may be a "we're not going to let the Mormon values commitee take over the happy home issue from us without a fight."
Maybe one issue is enough (a father's role) without confusing it with a greater issue (the high calling of Christ) and turning off the very people who need to hear the message so much in our time of the breakdown of fatherhood and the family.
As I've said many times...when the church lives in holiness then the world will turn to at least a more righteous practice. But when we are simply living the best we can without holiness...and then try to force this behaviour on the world...then we will fail and bring a reproach to Christ.