5 Pros and 5 Cons from “God’s Not Dead”

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There has been a lot of hoopla and rhubarb surrounding the March release of God’s Not Dead, Pure Flix Entertainment’s latest and biggest offering in the “Christian movie” genre.  Scores of articles have been written calling the movie everything from a mess, “family-approved”, a celebrated success, melodramatic, and a tract made into a movie, worth seeing; to name a few of the reviews.

Needless to say the differences in reception played out when my wife and I saw this movie.  We both agreed that the movie was not that good.  However, we differed on what the message of the movie was and what kind of effect it will have on audiences.  In the interest of fairness, I dug deep to come up with 5 pros of this movie and also 5 cons, which was much easier, and present them here in tweet form (140 characters or less for the unfamiliar).

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Hercules, Hercules!

THE FIVE PROS

Kevin Sorbo

Kevin Sorbo stands out by having the most developed character and a strong acting presence in the midst of inferior characters #Hercules

 

 

Dean Cain’s Mom’s Quote

Sin is like a jail cell except its nice&comfy & there doesn’t seem to be any need 2 leave. The door is wide open. Until 1 day it slams shut

Rev Dave & Missionary

The comedy is a bit silly and over done at times, but I thought those two characters were genuinely funny and entertaining

“That guy” who didn’t stand up

In the penultimate scene, Josh convinces everyone in his class to declare, “God’s Not Dead.” *groan*… Except one guy.  Hilarious!

Good Job Good EffortAn “A” for effort

The Cinema Kindergarten teacher gives “God’s Not Dead” an “A” for really trying its best

 

 

THE FIVE CONS

Bad, bad acting

So…much…bad…acting…must…call…for help.  Josh’s girlfriend, Amy, Mina, *ack*

Lion-o was so upset by the acting he called Panthro to beat some sense into the writers
Lion-o was so upset by the acting he called Panthro to beat some sense into the writers

Bad/shallow characters

Bad acting probably made so bad by terrible, paper-thin characters with no meaningful development.  Lazy writing #nostory

Cheesy and poor plot developments

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It was Limberger cheesy, ya’ll

More bad storytelling and rushed sub-plots make for terrible pacing and wretched plot development #morelazywriting

“Us” versus “Them” mentality

Movie seems to thrive off of the “Christian good, Atheist bad,” mantra that permeates the oft-annoying culture wars #Foxnews

Don’t try to save people with movies, tell a good story!

When you tell a good story, it creates dialogue about the message and plot depth.  Please refer to your Bibles for proof of this #seriously

THE FINAL SKINNY

The movie was so agonizingly bad at times and the story was so contrived it felt like a propaganda film.  My wife says I am being way too critical of the producers/directors/writers, but I feel I am merely doing my due diligence to let you know that this movie is worth seeing, but is overly ham-fisted and poorly done to warrant any staying power.

I feel a movie like the Matrix, which borrows from many faiths, has a better and more enduring message than God’s Not Dead.  It’s because the story is good and the dialogue raises so many good questions about faith, eternity, destiny, life, pain, progress, humanity, etc.  As my last point said, you don’t need to save people with movies.  Tell good stories!

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6 thoughts on “5 Pros and 5 Cons from “God’s Not Dead”

  1. The point of the movie wasn’t to convert people, it was to bring an understanding and acknowledgement of what the school environment can do to influence beliefs and shut down beliefs that aren’t mainstream. I’ve been a victim of this. In a class of all atheists, or in this case, a class of kids who just don’t care about it versus one person who does believe in God makes it harder for those beliefs to be heard, which I hope you saw. Yes it was a bit cheesy, but it told the story in a way that makes it easy to understand and relate to.

    1. Thanks for reading! I did see that in the film, but the premise of the movie was untenable and the movie just wasn’t well done. I had the exact opposite experience in school in Philosophy and Religious Studies classes. I wrote about that a month ago:
      https://13past1.wordpress.com/2014/04/24/gods-not-dead-and-the-angry-atheist-professor/.

      I just don’t think the premise of the movie that atheists are vehemently against those of us who believe in God is as prevalent as the movie wants to make it out to be. Have Universities and Colleges ignorantly taken the separation of church and state too far and beyond its scope? Assuredly yes. Does our faith and the sharing of the good news of Jesus Christ and the faith of others ride on our ability to successfully debate atheists/agnostics or people of others faiths? Absolutely not.

      I understand where you are coming from, since my wife felt the same way and politely disagreed with me (although my counter-disagreement was not nearly as polite). I felt the tone of the movie was extremely inelegant and was hampered by a poor, bloated story with too many subplots, bad acting, and lazy storytelling. Tell a good story and the movie will do much more than a cheesy apologetics expose based on a Snopes worthy Christian myth.

  2. “Have Universities and Colleges ignorantly taken the separation of church and state too far and beyond its scope? Assuredly yes.”

    I read your interesting post, and then I found this line in the comment section.

    I decided to comment because in ten years of academic experience as a student and a teacher, I haven’t really felt this. Maybe it is a demographic issue I am not aware of, as I am in California.

  3. I am a graduate student. I have noticed that many of my classmates are religious. Nobody tries to talk them out of it. It isn’t even addressed, as that isn’t what we are there to talk about. Religion wasn’t discussed much in my undergrad years either.

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