Over the course of my life I have not typically been a big superhero movie guy. Not only did they seem formulaic and cliché, but there usually wasn’t much of a human story involved. It was all about superpowers and special effects, which is like cotton candy—it tastes good for a brief time, but doesn’t satisfy. When my friends started telling me that I needed to check out the Marvel Avenger series, I was skeptical. However, my friends told me the story arc of the whole series was something bigger than your typical superhero movies, so I jumped in. They were right.
Haven’t you seen the greatest movie ever made? No?! You’re killin’ me, Smalls!
In my not-so-humble opinion, The Sandlot is the greatest movie of all time. It has everything you want in a great movie: unforgettable one-liners, action-packed chase scenes, summer romance, cute kids, catchy music, and of course…baseball.
But even though The Sandlot is the greatest movie ever made, it’s certainly not the greatest story ever told. That would be God’s Story, the Story of the Bible, the Story of God rescuing the world in the most unlikely way imaginable. That is the greatest story ever told. I believe that all the other stories that resonate with us hold echoes of that greatest Story, the Story of God. That’s part of the reason why we’re doing this blog series about some of the movies we love. We want to learn to see with eyes of faith. We want to watch, read, and hear the stories we love through the lens of the Greatest Story ever told.
The story of Cinderella is a timeless tale of a servant girl getting the chance of a lifetime to attend a ball where she is transformed by a fairy godmother, falls in love with the prince, and then pursued by said-prince to then become his princess. It’s a story of overcoming dire circumstances to end up with her prince.
However, this story is so much bigger than the servant girl getting her knight-in-shining-armor.
The story of Cinderella is a beautiful illustration of the Church and our walk with Christ.
What does the earth-saving quest of nine companions—two men, a dwarf, an elf, four hobbits and a wizard—have to do with the Gospel? You might be surprised…let’s look through the eyes of faith.
In J.R.R. Tolkien’s beloved story (3rd best-selling book of all time behind The Bible and Harry Potter), this fellowship of nine companions goes on a quest to stop the evil lord Sauron from dominating Middle-Earth by destroying a powerful magic ring he created to be lord over other powerful lords with their powerful rings. You might say Sauron wanted to be King of Kings and Lord of Lords.