The Boss Baby
The boss baby (Alec Baldwin) is from Baby Corp and isn’t officially seven-year old Tim’s brother although Tim’s parents believe he is. The boss baby’s entrance into Tim’s world is to find out more about Puppy Co’s latest product as Tim’s parents work for Puppy Co. There’s action, spectacle, humor, and secondary characters that add spice. It leaves something to the imagination and is a well-conceived, heart-warming tale.
My response: Suitable. Experience neutral, virtue somewhat positive, film’s well done.
This low budget film from Canada is not a massive production of scale, but is well-meaning and effective. Death by starvation in the Ukraine, which was only revealed after the dismantling of communist Russia years after the fact, is a tragedy that can only be construed in meaningful terms.
My response: Suitable. Experience somewhat positive, virtue positive, film okay as a film.
A Dog’s Purpose
A Dog’s Purpose is a playful comedy and a touching drama. A purpose of a dog is explored over a dog’s several lives from the 1960’s. Josh Gad provides the dog’s thoughts throughout the film. The themes of a dog’s life are: Freedom to explore the world, but dogs find they are controlled. Dogs adapt by playing different roles, be that a pet (mostly the case in this film) or a police dog (in the middle section the dog becomes female police dog Elle). A dog’s role makes them very useful to others and their nature is to love and give whatever the circumstances.
My response: Better one–with reservation. Experience positive, virtue positive, film okay.
Teenager Tripp (Lucas Till) happens to stumble on a monster—which is rather cute, a cross between a dolphin and a squid with Free Willy’s set of teeth. Tripp protects the monster from company men who don’t want the authorities to get wind of the monsters they are hiding. The family film has a moral slant and one and a half hours of pleasantries, action, and an okay story, one which will make you like monsters.
My response: Suitable. Experience neutral, virtue positive, film okay.
Ghost in the Shell
Ghost in the Shell is based on the popular Japanese anime of the 1990’s and follows Mira (Scarlett Johansson) who is cyber-enhanced for the purpose of being an anti-terrorist soldier. This action science fiction movie is quite cold and keeps one detached and aloof. The story becomes a revelation of how the high-tech system of the future shouldn’t enslave humanity, but should serve humanity. Sounds true enough, but humanity is put at the center rather than the Creator.
My response: Off-putting. Experience negative, virtue somewhat positive but also negative.
Logan follows a dying Logan (aka Wolverine, played by Hugh Jackman) who takes under his wing a powerful young mutant girl. She has escaped Transigen, which is a group harvesting mutant DNA to make child soldiers. With Professor Xavier (Patrick Stewart) they journey to a mutant safe haven to protect the child. This is an in-between movie, caught between liking much of it, but acknowledging that despite several good points, Logan is a mix of profanity and graphic violence.
My response: Off-putting. Experience positive and negative, virtue a mix coming down on negative.
Power Rangers is real teen life (which is quite well done) and the supernatural. The teens are assisted by their new found supernatural abilities to conquer their own problems and the problems in the world. It is good material for a Christian perspective. But when the name of Jesus is cursed or profaned, I turned this movie off.
My response: Off-putting.