Tuesday, June 05, 2012

When forces of secular and religious fanaticism were locked in a no-quarter battle for the country's soul.

By now you have all seen The Avengers so I won't enter another over the top review. However I will mention that one of things I liked about the mechanics of this film was that there were no opening credits. I hate that part of any film more than i hate overtures. Both are a waste of time and are void of any artistic merit.
I was hoping that was going to become a trend and lo and behold I went to see For Greater Glory and....no opening credits.

Anyway go see For Greater Glory not just cause of the no opening credit thing but it really lives up to all the hype. Actually most movies claiming to be a "Christian" movie have been either lame or only slightly better than home movie quality. This film has the production quality we have grown used to.

Yes, the pace of this film is not the usual for a war movie, however it is perfectly suited the story. What I have found interesting is that those critics that have panned this film all have an anti-Christian bent using phrases like "martyr melodrama" or "Scene after scene is either a referendum on devotion or a display of brutality ". This film used faaaaar less blood than any modern war movie and how do you show a war without brutality?  If you remember the reviews of the Passion the most often used phrase against that film was "Little more than blood porn." Yet films like Saw are called edgy and Sam Peckinpah's The Wild Bunch was called "...a bloody, high-body-count eulogy to the mythologized Old West. Pouring new wine into the bottle of the Western." And Kill Bill was called fearless film making.

"Scenes on a referendum on devotion" -what the what - did these reviewers miss what this movie was about and why this civil war took place.

and as a side note it is still against the law, in Mexico, to hold a mass out of doors. 

1 comment:

K T Cat said...

I thoroughly enjoyed the movie. I thought the opening 20 minutes were sluggish, but when Andy Garcia took over, it really came alive. It blew me away to see that 90,000 people were killed in the war.