There Be Dragons Review
A Review on a Christian-based Movie that is More than Meets the Eye
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There Be Dragons, a movie from 2011 that is based on true events from the Spanish Civil War, unfolds a story of a man who discovers that his father has historical ties to [St.] Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer. Escrivá, eligible for canonization, is who brings an additional layer to this movie: this historical figure is known as the founder of a particular Roman Catholic organization known as Opus Dei.
|I recommend There Be Dragons first because it brings several various components of human nature to the table: combining both facets of the image of God and of sin. Love, distrust, friendship, war, virtues and turmoil all make up this movie that is sure to leave your mind filled with not just the basic tenets of faithfulness, but also the forgiveness and loving nature of our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ.
The premise of There be Dragons is one that is sympathetic to Escrivá and those who were closest to him. As you might read elsewhere, it takes a completely different approach to describing his organization compared to that found in Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code starring Tom Hanks. I recommend this movie as instead of discovering conspiracy deep within the roots of those who represent faith, a keen eye will find the Holy Spirit glowing and abiding where all human folly and darkness would otherwise be prevalent. From my review of There Be Dragons I present the rating 4/5 crosses.
Love in Christ,
Review of “For the Greater Glory: The True Story of Cristiada”
A Review on a Christian-based Movie that Offers Something More
|Hover Image for Languages||Just out in 2012, For the Greater Glory is based on the Cristeros War in Mexico, which lasted during the final years of the 1920’s. If you were to look up this movie, you might notice that it is usually described in terms of the Mexican countrymen and women who took up arms against a government that was largely “anti-God.” But I think that is more like seeing a glass half empty. I saw this movie instead as a group of people who, passionate for their freedom of religion and love of God through Christ, put faith first in order to protect their churches and ability to freely worship. That makes the glass seem more to be half full in regards to a movie with a good potential to deliver a religious message. And seeing the invisible God within the visible world – where sometimes it seems bereft of Him to the naked eye – is what I am all about. A perfect candidate for me to review.|
|I recommend this movie for two reasons. First, it portrays how in all of us, no matter how strong our practice of faith is, we cannot suppress the reality God plays in our lives. We can pretend to ignore it, or brush it off for a time, but it always comes back. Specifically, it seems to come back to us during times of need and it would seem naïve to try to ignore how this relates to Christ truly being the central point in our lives; He is the central point in our being and our reason for existing. So, with one of the main characters “Enrique Gorostieta,” a principled general played by Andy Garcia, we see just this very point I am making: he calls himself an Atheist and credits his helping of the suppressed Roman Catholics to be related to the money offered to take care of his family. But it seems that in the movie God had a different plan in store for this man. At least, I would want to believe that.
Secondly, this movie reminded me that as Christians we are always fighting persecution. And although we tend to be passive as the footsteps of Christ would have us be, there are certainly times where standing up for what we believe in is necessary for the greater good of those we love. War, of course, is a hard justification indeed, but it was a perfect metaphor for the tough decisions that sometimes must be made. But with God, even a boy, Jose, played by actor Mauricio Kuri, found a way to not deny God at an early age. It would be a cost, however the most touching part for me were those like him who would eventually become canonized as saints.
I feel that any Christian could get what I saw out of this movie. I am not Roman Catholic, and it does not matter. We are all one body under Christ and “For Greater Glory” once again helped me to see this.
Oh, and the acting, story line, and general “believability” was great too! 4/5 crosses.
Love in Christ,