Movies that Invite Us to Do Good
Welcome to our new movie critiquing blog. We tend to watch quite a few movies in our home, and I was beginning to agree with my wife that it wasn't the most productive activity. This blog is a result of my brainstorming on how we can make it more productive and meaningful. So in a way, it's me rationalizing that there's no need to cut back on movies, though my wife would continue to disagree there but is a little more accepting of it with this purpose in mind.
We're not here to do your standard movie critiquing of solely analyzing the acting, plot, visual effects, and other "surface" elements of films; we would like to dive a little deeper. Even a little deeper than sites like commonsensemedia.org or kids-in-mind.com that report on profanity, nudity, sex, and other inappropriate content.
Moroni, an ancient prophet who lived on the American continent around 400 B.C. stated, "the Spirit of Christ is given to every man" (even movie script writers and directors), everyone has the capability to uplift us spiritually. Moroni continues, "every thing which inviteth to do good, and to persuade to believe in Christ, is sent forth by the power and gift of Christ; wherefore ye may know with a perfect knowledge it is of God." The opposite is also true, "whatsoever thing persuadeth men to do evil, and believe not in Christ, and deny him, and serve not God, then ye may know with perfect knowledge that it is of the devil...." In modern-day revelation the Lord told Joseph Smith, "that which doth not edify is not of God, and is darkness." (To read further on either of these topics read Moroni 7 in the Book of Mormon, and Doctrine and Covenants 50, respectively).
We would like to determine whether the movies we watch are edifying. Inviting us "to do good" is much more than the feeling of whether or not we liked the flick, it's how we feel spiritually after watching it. Would we have felt comfortable having the Savior sit through the movie with us?
The posts we put here will describe in more detail how we felt either spiritually uplifted or deprived after watching the movie, if the movie contains wholesome morals or gospel related lessons, and how we can use these lessons to teach our families presently and in the future. We would love to hear your input as well, I'm sure our opinions will not be conclusive.