Can Hollywood Teach Redemption?

Posted: February 23, 2011 in Uncategorized

I’m a sucker for any movie where there’s a storyline of redemption.     It generally has these ingredients ; innocence, peace, love, conflict/character issues, a rescue plot, reconciliation, restored relationships/character/peace…and usually involves an underdog going against all odds (think Frodo, Peter Parker, Sam Witwicky, Carl Fredricksen).  **one of my all-time favorite movies is the Shawshank Redemption…a classic redemption story, but missing a few key elements!**

I’m a sucker for any movie where there’s a storyline of redemption.  It generally has these ingredients ; innocence, peace, love, conflict/character issues, a rescue plot, reconciliation, restored relationships/character/peace…and usually involves an underdog going against all odds (think Frodo, Peter Parker, Sam Witwicky, Carl Fredricksen). 

In the end, the bad guy(s) get what they deserve (although I’ll challenge this thinking in a blog post on another day!), and the good guy(s) save the day, wins over hearts, and helps turn tragedy into triumph (sound familiar?).  Well I came across an article from Christianity Today, citing the top 10 movies with the redemption theme from 2010. 

So what can Hollywood teach us about redemption?  Well I’m not really sure they can teach us much by majority example, but for all the trash that Hollywood can roll out, they do provide a few gems here-and-there.  And for every great redemption story we read about/view, there’s a ‘borrowing’ from the greatest redemption story ever told…and it wasn’t written by Hollywood play writes, producers or screen writers.  It was started roughly 6000+ years ago…finished it’s ‘final draft’ some 2000 years ago…and continues to be the #1 selling, most read story of all time, with the answers to all of life’s questions, dilemmas and anxieties!  Take a moment and check it out!

So in the meantime, enjoy a few quality moments reminiscing, or discovering these Hollywood redemption stories…they’re not as good as the original…but they’ll do in the meantime because in the end, all good stories come from The Story!

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