Favourite Movies – Signs

A movie about rediscovering faith…

Amazon.com: Signs: Mel Gibson, Joaquin Phoenix, Clifford David, Lanny Flaherty, Rory Culkin, Babita Hariani, Cherry Jones, Patricia Kalember, Marion McCorry, Paul L. Nolan, Rhonda Overby, Kevin Pires, Michael Showalter, Ted Sutton, Ukee Washington, Adam Way, Merritt Wever, Greg Wood: Movies & TV.

One of the cool things about M. Night Shyamalan’s movies is that they are often not about what they seem to be on the surface.  Or at least, not just about that.  Signs is ostensibly an alien horror movie.  But it is so much not just that.

It is a movie about faith.

About its loss.

About its rediscovery.

About how hard it is to live without.

After the death of his wife in tragic circumstances, Grahame is determined not to believe any more.

But under pressure, what happens?

One thought on “Favourite Movies – Signs

  1. rhekelley says:

    This is one of my favorite movies! I love MNS’s style–so like Alfred Hitchcock (well, not “The Birds,” which I saw when I was 10 and never wanted to look at another Hitchcock movie til I discovered the gems at age 40, from your husband’s give-away movie shelf!) with so many wonderful subtleties.

    I don’t want to say more because I don’t want to give away anything….except that it is amazing the myriad of ways that God gave us to express our creativity. Each mode can be used to convey beauty, truth and faith, or can be corrupted to convey only misery and hopelessness as well as making the immoral seem acceptable.

    We have a grave responsibility to convey truth in our art. A few years ago, I saw “Guys and Dolls” for the first time. I was struck by the contrast between that musical, of the 50’s era, and “Grease,” of the 70’s era, my own coming of age era where anything anybody wanted to do was pretty much okay, except saying that everything’s okay was not okay (this continues today and continues to be the main message in most popular media productions).

    In Guys and Dolls, and much of older media, the immoral character is attracted by morality and bravely moves in that direction, away from the life he knew. In Grease, the girl who arrives with better morals is lured into immorality and everybody is thrilled at the end at her “transformation,” including, or especially, her.

    Each work summed up their eras of creation pretty well, but I think “Guys and Dolls” would be more in line with proclaiming what will truly fulfill us.

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