Do we need a Christian Fifty Shades of Grey?
October 21, 2014 - Fifty Shades of Grey
It’s tough to know where to start with this one. The basics: These are dual films that open on Valentine’s Day 2015. Both are boy-meets-girl stories that understanding with adore and romance. One is formed on a bestselling novel; one has a novel formed on a film that will be expelled during a same time. One has a soundtrack featuring Beyoncé; a other, we assume has music.
Yes, Fifty Shades of Grey has some competition, in a form of a film called Old Fashioned. The grounds appears to be that a male who has Ideas about Dating and Relationships finds those ideas thrown into doubt by a “free-spirited immature lady with a nervous soul.”
In a defense, Old Fashioned doesn’t demeanour like a terrible movie! It looks like it competence be arrange of okay, and I’m not ban with gloomy regard when we contend that-if you’re in a mood for a eremite regretful comedy, we gamble we could do distant worse than this film.
That being said, we have dual vital skeleton to collect with a this film.
First of all, a title. we get that we aren’t always ostensible to impregnate titles with a lot of meaning, yet we can’t assistance removing undone over this one. The parable of “old-fashioned” is a large partial of what is damaging about contemporary Christian culture, compelling this arrange of escapist nostalgia that says that we would be improved off if we could only lapse to a time when group were group and women knew their place was in a home. We use “old-fashioned” as shorthand for 1950s informative values without examining either those values were useful or Biblical to start with. “Love is patient. Love is kind. Love is…Old Fashioned,” a film’s promotional print proclaims, borrowing from both 1 Corinthians 13 and this disfigured thought that conflates nostalgia with Christian values.
Secondly, though, and some-more importantly, is a conservative inlet of so most Christian art. Don’t determine with a certain book? Write a book-length response! We observed this materialisation with a release of Rob Bell’s Love Wins, that saw a announcement of during slightest four books attempting to correct Bell’s theology. According to a writer/director/star Rik Swartzwelder, Old Fashioned wasn’t conceived as a response to Fifty Shades, yet a recover date was pushed behind so a dual could make their entrance during a same time.
There will also be a book and a religious expelled during a time of a film; no doubt anticipating to gain on a seductiveness generated by personification a story as a church’s response to Fifty Shades. That’s not a bad thing per se, yet it creates a whole thing feel a small derivative, like a strength depends on being a choice to someone else’s idea. Christians can have so most to offer around issues of sex and dating (although we don’t see a lot of that played out in a inhabitant humanities scene, it’s there!) yet when they obstruct their efforts to responding to other people, everybody loses.