Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Spidey 3

Okay, so I've never been a huge fan of Spider-Man, but I have loved the messages presented in all three of the Spider-Man movies. I just saw the third one last night with my dad, and I have to admit that I thought it was probably my least favorite of the three. It's a good movie, but not without it's faults. I won't get into all that, but I will discuss the message presented in that movie, as I saw it.

The overlying message was that "With great power comes great responsibility." In the movie, virtually every character is given some new power, authority, or prominence. What each one does with this new power determines the outcomes of their lives. Basically, they all choose to abuse their powers, and to do wrong rather than right. And in the end, some choose good, while others forcibly and eagerly choose bad. I felt that the movie really did do a great job of showing how in real life, we all have a choice in what we do. We can either run towards what is right and good, or we can plummet towards what is wrong and bad. To quote another movie for a moment, I love the phrase by the character Vesper Lynd in the newest Bond movie Casino Royale, "Just because you've done something, doesn't mean you have to keep doing it." That's so true. We are all given a choice in what we do in life. We can be good, responsible people, or we can be bad, irresponsible people. Our actions always have their consequences. Some consequences are good, while others can be so horribly devastating. And the biggest point is that it's never too late to turn back. All people are redeemable. We can always stop and turn back, before everything in our lives and in the lives of those around us is destroyed or ruined.

Probably the best thing about this newest Spider-Man movie was the ending--to see the choices they each made. I won't reveal those choices right now, for fear of giving away the ending for those who still haven't seen it, but it was very real life, and proved how turning back, forgiving, and choosing love over hatred can really lead you to a far better place than the other way around. We always have a choice in what we do.


Pomoprophet said...

Hey, saw you over at Resolving Realities. Howd you find our little circle on the blogosphere? Well I still feel like an outsider sorta. But I read all the guys regularly and comment occasionally. Stop by, we have a few things in common. :)

The Beast said...

VERY inspiring Brandon!!! I really appreciate your personal reflection after watching films like this. This proves that there is still a lot to learn from the media if we look close enough.

Yea, we all have been given an immense power from God - His Love. I guess needless to mention too much here the great responsibility and mission come along with that package.

Great post man!

Brandon said...

Thanks for the comments guys.

I actually was very recently introduced to the idea of blogging. A friend pointed out to me a few blogs, which I really liked, and so I decided I might as well throw my own hat into the ring.

Thanks for the invite Pomoprophet. And I have to admit, Beast, that I was surprised to find such a powerful message of morality in such a big time movie. It's great to know that someone in Hollywood can still make a movie with a good meaning.

Pomoprophet said...

RYC (reguarding your comment), Exodus conference are great! Though with my recent turns towards being more accepting of my gayness and pursuing that, I am interested to see how this conference will be. When I was in your shoes, the conference was the best time all year. I did whatever I had to do to get there! Most powerful worship i've ever experienced. Amazing people. More information than you can get your head around. I always knew alot of people when I went so that made it easy. I can imagine it being very intimidating and scary for the first timer. But you quickly get deep with people. Everyone develops a little bit of emotional dependency. ITs hard to go back to normal everyday life after the conference. You should definitly make it a point to go to one as soon as you can!!