Thursday, January 27, 2011
Randy Sly likes "The Rite"
I'll see. But his review suggests it might be worth seeing. I don't go to movies that much anymore. I will if there's something my boys might want to see. Otherwise, I'm happy to wait for DVDs. I also don't look for too many devotional films that will uplift my soul. Hollywood is usually as good at deep and thoughtful religious reflection as it is promoting historical accuracy. Worse with Hollywood takes on religion is the nuances involved. It can play fast and loose with historical facts if it has to, in order to make an obvious point. That's fair (as long as folks keep that in mind). But with religion, the problem can be those slight shimmies of doctrine, or digressions from the truth. It can seem like something that is awash in Christian teaching, but along the way an ever-so-subtle non-Christian (if not anti-Christian) viewpoint enters in. I'm not saying that happens in The Rite. I've not seen it, and am willing to give the benefit of the doubt. But doubt is just what I have whenever I see any television show or film approach the topic of religious truth.