Thursday, March 16, 2017

Movie Review: Logan and The Shack

In great difference, a thematic commonality

By Kyle Garza

Weekend before last, people poured into theaters to watch two very different movies: Logan and The Shack. While I’ve not seen The Shack, I have read the book, and I did go see Logan that Saturday.
    Logan was easily the most violent film I’ve seen in awhile, but has generally been recognized as an altogether great film — not just a mere sci-fi, action, superhero piece. The Shack has been getting lots of mixed criticism (some Christians decrying it as evil heresy – others praising it).
    But at the heart of both films is the vital role of a father’s love in our earthly relationships. Logan isn’t painful to watch just because of blade-mutilation: it makes us desperately reach out to a broken man and beg him to love his daughter, eventually giving up his life to keep her safe. We feel it would do not only her, but himself as well, a world of good if they could just maintain a healthy father/daughter relationship.

    In The Shack, Mack loves his daughter Missy tenderly, so it’s painful to watch him lose her to a murderer who can’t be caught. He wrestles with anger against God, thinking He surely must not love His children if He allows them to be murdered so wantonly. He eventually learns God’s true heart when he is placed in a position where he (wisely) submits himself to death and Hell if it would mean eternal life for his children.
    So, while the two films couldn’t be more different, I find it interesting that they happened to release on the same weekend and happen to find so vitally in their center the importance of a father’s love in our lives. I think our society is due for more of that important thematic material.

Copyright © 2017 by Kyle Garza

1 comment:

  1. I met a preacher years ago that told me a story about his daughter dying. He had played in Rock bands in the sixties. Became saved and sober and started his preaching career. He was away from home a lot filling in for other preachers. He was at one of these churches a long way from home when his daughter was killed in a car crash.
    He was heart broken she was his only child and the light of his life. He found himself in the middle of a field close to his home, screaming at God. "You have going around this country looking after your children. Why could you not look after my child?"

    It took him a long time to find peace with God but he did. He past on a word or two of wisdom he had picked up during this time. "If someone tells you that you should not question God, walk away because you are talking to a fool. Why would you not question God, after all, he alone has the answers."