Mark Driscoll (pastor of the Mars Hill mega church in Seattle) really hates Avatar. He calls it the, “most demonic, satanic film I've ever seen.”
Anyone else saying, “Huh?”
I think Matthew Paul Turner does a pretty good job explaining why the guy has suddenly turned nuts, so if you want my reaction to that statement, then just read his, because that’s how I fill in a nutshell.
But it did get me thinking; what films have left me utterly offended (not necessarily because they are demonic)?
In no particular order, here are the top three films that left me offended by the credits (and by credits, that, sadly, means I watched the entire movie):
In and Out – the movie is about a teacher who is outted on live TV after one of his former students wins an Academy Award. Why I was offended? Because the message of the movie is a guy who does things that the stereotypical gay male does (sews, goes to plays, reads, etc), then he’s gay. At no point in the movie does the character seem to have any attraction sexual attraction for men—unfortunately, no one tells him that you are not gay just because you do things that some gay men do.
An Education – I was horrified by this movie about a teenage girl who falls for a much older man; if there was a prerequisite for being a pedophile than this one would have to make the cut. It takes place in the 60s where apparently parents are okay with their 16 year old daughters hanging out with 40 year old men. It’s creepy. Critics have raved about it’s a coming of age movie, which horrifies me even more—it’s more like a movie about a girl getting manipulated than coming of age. I think rape is a better way to put the sex that they had. By the end of the movie she’s not more mature, and she’s certainly not more womanly—she’s a young woman whose been stripped of all her innocence, but is still 100% immature and making all the wrong choices.
Expelled – I’ve already stated my disgust for this movie. You can read it here.
Avatar won’t be making anyone convert to some New Age religion anytime soon; these movies, however, could easily make people more arrogant towards Christians (by watching Expelled), have no conception of complexities of admitting you are homosexual (by watching In and Out), or show how to come of age merely means to have sex (by watching An Education)—I find all of these things worse than Avatars supposed new age message.