It’s that time of year again when REEL WORLD Theology gets to meet up and have real conversations in real time with really cool folks. These are always a lot of fun because it gives anyone who wants to a chance to chime in on how they felt about the themes and narratives of particular films. We have chosen another great variety of films, from animated, to classic, to independent to “love zombie.” I mean, what else could you want, right?
On this episode of the Reel World Theology Podcast:
We dive, again, into the world of young adult literature adaptations by conversating about the hugely popular film, Divergent. In the adaptation, up and comer, Shailene Woodley takes on our lead as Tris, who learns she’s Divergent and won’t fit in to a society that categorizes all it’s citizens into factions. When she discovers a plot to destroy Divergents, Tris and the mysterious Four (played by the surprising Theo James) must find out what makes Divergents dangerous before it’s too late. We will give our thoughts on the movie, as an adaptation of the widely popular Young Adult literature genre, and also explore the themes the book very intentionally raises about conformity, human nature, leadership, sacrifice, and identity.
In a weekend that saw its box office figure dwarfed by Divergent (the “next big thing” in young adult dystopian fiction), Muppets Most Wanted still delivered a movie that was highly enjoyable and heart-warming. It’s fairly common in today’s movies to only have heroes that are highly flawed or, honestly, plain bad. We, as an audience have voted with our dollar over and over again for a super complex anti-hero (Iron Man 3, Despicable Me 2, American Hustle, Dallas Buyers Club, etc, etc.), but I, for one, love to sit back and enjoy a tale in which the nice guy finishes first– especially when that nice guy is Kermit the Frog. He isn’t flashy, and he definitely isn’t an action hero, but he is the kind of guy (frog) we should feel good to root for (even if his most debilitating trait is only commitment issues to a very beautiful and boisterous pig).
On this episode of the Reel World Theology Podcast: We tackle another fine offering from David O. Russell, American Hustle (rhyming unintentional!). Russell, has been a part of a number of really thought-provoking character-driven films, such as Three Kings, I Heart…