Our greatest enjoyment in watching a film is discerning the worldview depicted. More likely a winner the more compatible it is with the Biblical worldview.
These are our criteria for measuring goodness of fit with the truth of Scripture.
- Does the storyline play out in a way suggesting recogniton that the human condition is fallen? Life can be good. But it also has a dark underbelly that everyone, no exceptions, experiences to some extent.
- Does the storyline offer any explanation for the fallen state of the creation? In our experience this is almost too much to hope for. If it's present and the film's production values are good, it's a serious contender for the Christian's attention.
- Even if it misses on the first two criteria, does the film treat spiritual issues and religion seriously and respectfully to the extent it addresses them at all?
- Do the storyline and acting engage us and enable us, perhaps compel us, to empathize and/or sympathize with the characters?
- Are the production values professional calibre? These include the acting, the actors' fitness for their roles, dialog, cinematography, set design, wardrobe.
ratings and worldview
We have friends, brothers and sisters in Christ, who, as a matter of conviction, don't watch R rated films. We respect that.
We watch R rated films. We recommend many of them. In our experience, how well a film satisfies our criteria for being compatible with the Biblical worldview is unrelated to its rating. Most of our favorite films are R rated because they not only portray the human condition accurately, but also without a sugar coating. Our fallen-ness is ugly, and the best films depict this ugliness without doing it gratuitously.