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Why Spiderman 3 is one of the most "Christian" films I've seen in a while

I saw Spiderman 3 last Saturday and it was AWESOME! It's so great that I want to see it again and here's why...

Action. Redemption. Love. Forgiveness. More action. Romance. Sacrifice. And lots of great power-packed emotional scenes that leave you wanting to shake the hands of the writers and director because you're so glad that this movie series didn't turn out like The Matrix sequels.

I won't give away any spoilers in this post because I think it's pretty annoying when reviewers do that but what I will say is that this movie is oozing with Biblical moral lessons and in a very entertaining way.

Go see the movie and remember: "With great power comes great responsibility."


chrisd said...

It's got to be better than Meet the Robinsons. So good I feel asleep in the middle of it.

Have a wonderful weekend--can't wait to see it!

mo said...

I haven't seen it yet, but I can't wait.

In other news, how bout that finale for Smallville :o

Angela/SciFiChick said...

Did you fall off the face of the earth? :P

GarthTrekker said...

I thought so too, although the message was pretty "preachy" ie not very subtle. But still, a good movie. GT

Andrew J Robertson said...

I've heard elsewhere that the movie is as bad as Superman III and Batman & Robin. But I will reserve judgment. =)

Dr. Elwin Ransom said...

Andrew, please do reserve judgment -- I slightly suspect that some of the critics who panned it simply don't get the whole notion of Peter Parker's nightclub antics and overall bad attitudes somehow being "evil."

Though I appreciate Doc Ock as the best villain of the film series so far -- Sandman and Venom were a bit more shallowly characterized and amorphout to me -- I loved Spider-Man 3.

And yes, as Karen said, all three films reverberate with solid Biblical truth, even in their taglines. Compared especially with other typical and cliched movie "morals," the ethics of the Spider-Man series are clearly even more grounded in a Biblically infuenced morality:

Other movies claim: Responsibility is an antiquated notion. (Or, the consequences of bad actions -- i.e., adultery, or illicit sex without the magic of marital commitment -- are simply not portrayed in a story.)

Spider-Man: "With great power, comes great responsibility."

Other movies claim: Follow your heart! Follow your dreams!

Spider-Man: "Sometimes, to do what's right, we have to be steady and give up the thing we want the most -- even our dreams."

Other movies claim: The good guys are basically good; morality is often situational and relative.

Spider-Man: "The greatest battle [between Good and Evil] lies within."

Of course, one could argue that according to Christian doctrine, we aren't able to overcome Evil by ourselves -- and no story that portrays someone winning the battle over Evil by him- or herself is thus inherently un-Christian.

Yet those who've seen Spider-Man 3 already know the almost stunning symbolism of a certain "redemption" scene. I sat in the theater, spellbound, even eyes sweating, as the camera panned up through a storm to a certain familiar architectural element -- and, having seen the trailers, mutliple times, I of course knew what was coming next.

sfgirl said...

Wonderfully said. I like a movie that explores the important issues in our lives. I haven't seen it yet but certainly will. Thanks!

chrisd said...

Where have you been?

Janet Rubin said...

Hi Karen! Thanks for commenting on my devotion at Novel Journey.
My 16 year old daughter is a Spidy nut.She has Spidy stuff all over her bedroom. We loved #3 despite the bad reviews. Hadn't thought about the spiritual elements, but yeah... I see it. God bless!

SolShine7 said...

Janet, thanks for stopping by.

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