April 26, 2010

Movie Monday (and a little something extra!)

So, for today's Movie Monday, I'm doing another one that probably the rest of y'all have seen, but as usual, I'm late to the party.

When I saw the trailer for this at Sherlock Holmes over Christmas, my first thought was, Seriously? Is this how far we've come? We're remaking Clash of the Titans, of all things?

But I have to say, it wasn't nearly as bad as I expected. In fact, as far as mindless action movies go, it was really pretty darn good. And, thanks to the good folks over at Big Hollywood (I'm telling you, guys, you need to check them out!), I knew to save the $3 a piece on 3-d glasses and see the 2-d version. Why? The movie was filmed in 2-d, but after Avatar made so much money, they made a 3-d version in post-production - which means that there's really nothing in the 3-d version that you can't get in the 2-d version (like cool 3-d effects and things jumping out from the screen. It just added an extra layer of depth, and frankly, that's not worth the extra cash to me.)

The storyline is your basic run-of-the-mill Greek myth. Zeus and Hades are battling for control of man (only Zeus doesn't know it, he thinks Hades is working for him when actually Hades is working to undermine him. I don't know how Zeus became ruler of the gods. He always seems pretty slow on the uptake.) Anyway, Hades seems to have an edge except for the fact that Zeus has a demigod son, Perseus. And that's who we follow. He and his band of helpers battle creatures and demons in an effort to save the Princess of Argos and defeat Hades.

Lots of great people in the cast, a lot of those people you see everywhere but don't know their names. :) Zeus, of course, is played by Liam Neeson. And the movie was almost over before I figured out that Hades was played by Ralph Fiennes. Yeah, Voldemort! Those two, as always, were pretty awesome.

Anyway, I'm watching the movie and just enjoying not having to think for a little while...and then I start thinking. See, I'm reading a book right now (that, hopefully, I will be able to do a book review for soon) and the part I was on that day was on the attributes and character of God, and how that relates to our suffering. And over and over again, throughout the movie, I kept thinking, "Thank you, God, that you are not a detached, spoiled, egotistical god who doesn't share in our sufferings. Thank you that you love us, not just our worship." Because the whole point of the movie is, Zeus has to bring calamity and disaster to humans to make them pray to him, and he doesn't really care about the collateral damage.

This may be slightly spoilerish, but at the end of the movie was my big Aha! moment. Zeus and Perseus are having a conversation about the events they just went through, and Zeus says, "I wanted man to worship me, but I didn't want to sacrifice my son for it."

It was like a ton of bricks hit me right then. (Did they know what they were saying when they wrote that line?) That's the difference! That's the difference between every god man has created and the true God, Yahweh, because He loved us so much, He did sacrifice His Son for us! Not only that, according to Ephesians, He planned and orchestrated to do so before man was even created - He loves us THAT much! What a great God we serve!

Anyway, I don't know if you'll have the same major religious experience I did from seeing the movie :) I'm kind of weird that way. But, as far as something to just relax and watch and see cool special effects (even in 2-d), lots of action, little gore, no sex and a moderate amount of language, I recommend it.

And just a reminder, the follower drive over at G.I. Joe's Wife is still going! Only a few days left, y'all! I want something from Hawaii!!

9 comments:

  1. I was not sure if I wanted to spend the money to see it in theaters but it is already on my netflix queue.

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  2. WOW!!! i have actually never heard of that movie but your connection to how Our Father views us compared to other spiritual beliefs is astounding! Thank you for making the connection and sharing it!!!!

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  3. Thanks for the email. I will contact her now:) I started my giveaway!!!

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  4. I totally passed on the 3D as well. The extra money just wasn't worth it.

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  5. I haven't seen the new version, but I'm pretty sure my boyfriend would love to see it!

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  6. Amen! :)

    Nate wants to see that so bad...I'm on the fence.

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  7. Hey just found you from Brandi (Excess Baggage) and I totally had that same moment when he said: "I wanted man to worship me, but I didn't want to sacrifice my son for it."

    It was actually the first thing my husband and I talked about after we got out of the theater!

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  8. I loved it! I'm a sucker for action movies and hot men :)

    ♥ Mrs. S.

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  9. I just found your blog through G.I. Joe's Wife (who is fabulous btw)! What a great friend you are to post about her giveaway!

    I'm a new follower! :)

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