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Tuesday, March 08, 2005
 
Constantine (again) ::

I've been meaning to respond to Stephen's comments on my Constantine post (below) but the last couple of days have been hectic, anyway it was just as well because now there are two more responses to the movie to engage with:

Paul Teusner
has an interesting summary of why "Horror movies such as Constantine love to stir up the Catholic religion as a mythology." Paul summarises Catholic mythology as: material, aesthetic, moral, platonic (a nice way to describe the elements that view the other world as the really real) and parable & paradox. Of course, some of these are common to all Christian mythology and interestingly most are also true of Pentecostal thought, perhaps why Holywood is drawn to that world too...

Stephen has an even fuller treatment of the background to the film in comics aimed at an older audience which explore spirituality. His post is especially full of interesting links to follow. I'm sure he's right about the demographic of contemporary comics, I know I am way out of touch, the eighties passed while I was in Kinshasa, with hardly any TV, Radio or recent newspapers... However, I am not quite convinced that the film is aimed at 20-40 somethings, it developed no depth in the character's relationships, focused on plot to the exclusion of character, so my read would still be 17-25 as the target demographic for the film. (As I write that I'm trying to picture the audience, and I admit there were quite a few 30+ faces among the youngsters!)

Paul commented on my claim that the theme of the movie contained the gospel in a nutshell:
No matter how heroic, humans cannot save themselves or others, but that sacrifice and recognition of one’s helpless need can bring redemption.
Would "make preachers' jobs way too easy". I'll just stick by what I said, by "in a nutshell" I don't mean that it contains everything about the gospel, but I do mean that it carries the essential elements!


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