I have mentioned Fr. Robert Barron, A Chicago Priest, to you in a previous post. Among the things that he does very well is to comment on current movies with a particular goal to describe how Christ or some aspect of Jesus’ teachings are found there. In the clip just below Fr. Barron comments on the latest Clint Eastwood movie Gran Torino and describes how the main character goes from being a violent man to manifesting the saving love of Jesus Christ. SPOILER ALERT: Fr. Barron describes all aspects of the movie, including how it ends.
One of my favorite movie commentaries by Fr. Barron is his commentary on the movie The Matrix. I had a hard time understanding that movie until Fr. Barron decoded it for me and described how The Matrix is really a very rich study of Christ.
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I would like to know Father Barron’s or your comments on the Oscar winning movie Slumdog Millionnaire. If you haven’t seen it, it’s a must see. Talk about Christ in the movies. Slumbdog Millionnaire is one to see.
I am not aware that Fr. Barron has done a commnetary on this movie. I’ll keep my eyes open. I haven’t seen the movie. Any one else out there?
Maybe he is still working on that one? Here is one on “The Dark Knight” though:
I thought “Slumdog Millionaire” was great and very powerful. It is a pretty intense movie: violence, thematic elements, etc., which is why it deserves its “R” rating. But there are currents of hope throughout the movie and it really made me reflect on the poverty that exists across the world.
Here is the U.S. Conference of CatholicBishops review of the movie: http://www.usccb.org/movies/s/slumdog.shtml
And here is American Catholic’s review: http://www.americancatholic.org/Messenger/Jan2009/Eye_On_Entertainment.asp#F1
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