Sunday, May 18, 2008

Holding out for a Hero

Last night Jonathan and I had a real grown up night...aka no kids, had dinner out and saw a movie. We ended up seeing Iron Man. It was Jonathan's pick, but after hearing that the acting was good, I thought it might be something that I would enjoy too.
When we got there I was surprised that we almost couldn't get 2 seats together, the theatre was packed. Now, this is the 3rd weekend this movie has been out...plus it's running in 2 theatres, this showing being the later starting of the 2. I thought wow! What is the draw to a show like this? It's been #1 at the box office 2 weeks running and it's still pulling them in? Why?
And really, Superhero movies in general have been huge the last number of years. Batman, Superman, X-Men, Spiderman, now Iron Man...we know coming up this summer, the Incredible Hulk makes his return (please let's hope it's better than the last attempt, which was so bad I couldn't watch it all the way through).
But in general, these comic book, superhero movies are really good! And more than just teenage boys are going to these shows. What are we all looking for?
I think it's a case of we want to see that good triumphs over evil. We want to see the really cool special effects, the drama of it...
We live in a world that is chaotic, where we see and hear and know that there is so much bad stuff, we need something to find hope in. And as crazy as it sounds, we can see the triumph in these superheroes.
These men that are both men, and super. Super powers, super gadgets, super abilites. I don't know about you, but it makes me think of my Lord Jesus. I've really got this idea playing around in my head and I want to take a look at each of these superheroes and find the Jesus in them. Sound crazy? Keep checking in and see what I come up with...

1 comment:

christiangowan said...

I totally admit, finding the 'Jesus' in the 'Superhero' is something i regularly do...
Unfortunately this tendancy has gotten me into trouble. It's true: some people go to the movies to enjoy them, not actually to let point out the redemptive aspects.

Calm yourself Christian...haha.

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