Economists and pragmatists try their darndest to assert that Hollywood is all about the bottom line.
If a movie attracts millions of viewers and makes millions of dollars, it’s a blockbuster, a success. Morals and themes be hanged, just make boatloads of money. Period.
But that would not explain why movies of substance, such as The Quiet Man, Giant, To Kill a Mockingbird, Saving Private Ryan, and The Passion of the Christ were so successful.
Add to that, the 50 highest grossing films were not R-rated and were largely moral.
Top 15 highest grossing:
|4||3||Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2||$1,341,511,219||2011|
|6||5||Iron Man 3||$1,215,439,994||2013|
|7||4||Transformers: Dark of the Moon||$1,123,794,079||2011|
|8||2||The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King||$1,119,929,521||2003|
|10||10||Transformers: Age of Extinction||$1,087,404,499||2014|
|11||7||The Dark Knight Rises||$1,084,439,099||2012|
|12||3||Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest||$1,066,179,725||2006|
|13||5||Toy Story 3||$1,063,171,911||2010|
|14||6||Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides||$1,045,713,802||2011|
So, given that the “bottom line” theory does not hold water, why does Hollywood continue to produce films devoid of ANY Judeo-Christian values, films intended to shock the senses and sear the conscience?
Writers, producers and directors have a distinct worldview, as does every movie goer. But the Hollywood enclave remains an incestuous little community with Leftist sensibilities and no moral compass.
Enter Fifty Shades of Grey, opening on Friday in time for Valentine’s Day.
Everyone loves a love story, so initially Fifty Shades might sound intriguing. Until you watch the trailer.
Christian Grey is a tycoon with sexual sadistic proclivities. Enter Anastasia Steele, a sweet and innocent gal.
The movie description:
Literature student Anastasia Steele’s life changes forever when she meets handsome, yet tormented, billionaire Christian Grey.
This is a love story? What? A love story with whips and chains?
I’m sorry. Fifty Shades of Grey is (if the trailer is a true representation, I will NOT be wasting my money on this movie) nothing more than a slicked up, graphically stunning porno flick.
Hollywood’s idea of love perhaps, but certainly not real love. Love as it was intended.
The love my dad had for my mom until the day she died of cancer at age 53. The love my great uncle had for my great aunt, joyful partners and sweethearts for over 60 years.
I’ve been blessed to see first hand what love — love as the Creator intended — looks like.
That love can be summed up by the words of the Apostle Paul:
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails.
And in other words by Paul:
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.
Not only will I NOT attend this movie, I will encourage everyone I know NOT to see Fifty Shades of Grey, and instead to join The 50 Shades Pledge.
The 50 Shades Pledge says, in part:
I reject the lies of 50 Shades of Grey that violence, humiliation, and manipulation are acceptable ways of treating people.
I reject the lie that it is ok to let others hurt me for their own pleasure. Consent does not make what is always wrong right.
Join me in saying no to perversion of real love. Join me in protecting the hearts and bodies of young women and men. Join me in celebrating the magnificence of what God intended, rather than the destructive allures of the Enemy.
And on Valentine’s Day? Go old school and dig out the Sense and Sensibility dvd for a depiction of true love that is sacrificial.
But whatever you do, say NO to Fifty Shades of Grey…uh Depravity.