Critic Review - NewsBlaze

A manipulative faith-based tall tale intimating the question, can the bells and whistles of a Hollywood movie make you believe in God? Time to put out a call for the separation of Church and Hollywood. The Verdict: Richard Parker, you're no Moby Dick.

September 29, 2012 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze | Comments (21)
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Tyler Tone

Tyler Tone

This is a really bad and biased review... Focus on the story and visuals not if it has themes you don't like.

Sep 30 - 07:02 PM

Cole Jaeger

Cole Jaeger

If someone doesn't like the themes then how are they supposed to like the movie? Themes are a major part the story.

Oct 3 - 04:04 PM

Tyler Tone

Tyler Tone

The reviewer focused on the minor theme of religion which could be taken either way. The review should focus on the plot and effects as whole

Oct 4 - 02:27 PM

Corey Bowman

Corey Bowman

That's ridiculous. The theme is a part of the movie, and saying that it's not open for discussion when you're talking about the movie is just stupid. The very notion that a film should only be judged on its "plot and effects" is nonsense.

You can discuss how intrusive the theme is, and how that affects the experience of the movie for you, but calling the review biased because it actually talks about the movie is just silly. I've read the book, and the religious themes are obviously there, but they didn't bother me that much, and I enjoyed it. I suppose some people are irritated by certain things more easily then others.

Oct 28 - 09:59 AM

Zeewei Guo

Zeewei Guo

Yeah, except that the movie was based on a book that has religious themes. How is the reviewer going to call it a bad movie because it follows the themes of the book? This critic should take it up with the author of the book, not the movie. As for reviewing the movie, she should focus on how well it was executed and how well it follows the story.

Oct 21 - 08:08 PM

Cole Jaeger

Cole Jaeger

Maybe he wouldn't like either. But if it's the book's fault for him then that still doesn't mean the reviewer should like it. For the records, I want to see this movie very much.

Nov 4 - 09:31 AM

Theartistformerlyknownas Michael

Theartistformerlyknownas Michael

You're all wrong. It's okay to question a movie based on themes. It's no excuse if it's based on a book about the same themes. However, the theme of the movie hasn't got anything to do with believing in god. A fictional book (inb4 the bible is fiction too... yeah... but it masquerades as a chronicle of fact) of something totally unrelated to god other than the fact that the protagonists has faith isn't trying to and wouldn't be able to convince anyone in the existence of god. It's a piece of fiction that borders on fantasy... until of course Shyamalamanian plot-twist. There are themes about faith, but it's more of what human beings are capable of if they believe in something... anything... there is literally no possible way to read the narrative as trying to make you "believe in god" as the reviewer says, unless you're an edgy athiest who's too immature to accept that religion is a part of the human culture, and cinema reflects the human condition. Not a christfag, btw.

Nov 5 - 04:34 AM

Kirbyderby

A E

First of all-- "Christfag"? Really? Can you be any more immature, please? (I'm an Atheist, but still.)

Also... "Shyamalamarian plot twist"?? Did you just spoil the whole movie?

Nov 5 - 02:29 PM

Eli Allen

Eli Allen

Bahahaha! I think you're missing the point. It's a story about perspectives - and not about which ones are true, but which ones yield the most comforting results.

Sep 30 - 08:20 PM

Drew Malesky

Drew Malesky

Holy conspiracy nut batman.

Oct 1 - 11:37 AM

Daniel Stuart

Daniel Stuart

Look at the source of the review, enough said. I don't know about yall but I prefer to read reviews from actual publications, the kind without a UFOs tab under the News sections.

Oct 9 - 02:55 AM

Douglas Trazzare

Douglas Trazzare

this review is poorly written from its redundant first sentence. if the form is so far off, how can i take seriously the substance?

Oct 10 - 10:13 PM

Mike Keane

Mike Keane

I saw an advanced screening of this film and I can see where this reviewer is coming from. Not on the religious notions, I think she is way over analyzing that area. But when it comes to her not liking the pacing of the film, she found it boring, and the characters, she makes fun of Richard Parker's name, it's just personal preference. Sometimes the leap of faith is easy and sometimes you just can't go along with it. This is a very fantastical tale, told in a grounded way, so this reviewer simply doesn't like it. All good.

I liked it. Extremely gorgeous. Cannot wait to see in 3D Blu Ray on my TV

Oct 10 - 11:29 PM

Tatiana Coba

Tatiana Coba

Why is it always have to be bad to mention God in a movie? No one says anything when recreating satanic rituals on many movies, but when it comes to God it always has to be censored. is the world going backwards?

Oct 18 - 09:45 PM

Zane B

Chum Chum

Errr, I don't know what to take out of this review because she sounds like a crazy ranting bitch. But this movie looks too 'cutesy' and Oscar-friendly like Forrest Gump. After reading the book this should be a grittier adaption than what I've seen so far. But eh I guess I'll find out

Oct 21 - 10:17 PM

Bebe Jenkins

Bebe Jenkins

this movie was about god and faith?...totally missed that.

Oct 28 - 07:14 AM

Anna Mortensen

Anna Mortensen

I never really understand people complaining about religion in films. If you're religious, you find meaning in it. If you're agnostic or atheistic, you have an interesting fairy-tale.

Nov 2 - 11:51 AM

Michael J Howell

Michael J Howell

Prairie Miller you wish had a dick.

Nov 4 - 01:51 PM

Kirbyderby

A E

I don't think anyone wishes they had a dick.

Nov 5 - 02:33 PM

Brian Lutz

Brian Lutz

I don't think it matters if the movie has a religious theme or not. What's more important is that it looks like a true laugh-a-thon from start to finish. Should've named this movie "Life of Why did they even bother to make this movie?!" Ugh, I'd rather watch grass grow than watch this flick

Nov 5 - 08:19 PM

Josh Janney

Josh Janney

Religion is a defining aspect of billions of people's lives. Why should Hollywood always ignore that?

Nov 8 - 02:43 PM

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