|FCC 137 KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS|
|On this episode of Finding Christ in Cinema, we climb the giant skeleton monster and look for Christian themes in KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS! Why does Kubo need the Full Armor of God? Why does it take a Village to heal a Moon-King? All that and more in 3, 2, 1!||GUEST(S)|
|Hey, come on in. Admission is free. Grab a bowl of popcorn (extra butter, of course) and find a seat smack dab in the middle - It’s time for Finding Christ in Cinema, episode 137.|
I’m Michael, I’m Brenden.
Join us and together we’ll dig deeper into the silver-screen classics of yesteryear as well as the box-office hits of today, we’ll take a closer look at the stories they tell, and see if we find the face of Jesus looking back.
We’re gonna explore the deeper meanings of these films; the plots and their twists; the characters and their choices; and how we can relate them to the gospel of salvation, and ultimately our Christian walk.
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|OH, AND ANOTHER THING... ADDENDUMS & AFTERTHOUGHTS|
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|GENERAL FILM REVIEW (Trailer)||AUDIO|
|BLT||From ChristianAnswers.net: 5 Stars in Movie Making Quality, but deemed "Very Offensive" in terms of "worldview conveyed."|
"The film starts with Kubo, a little boy living with his widowed mother, being pursued by the ghosts of his two aunts, who want to take him away to their spirit realm. To defeat them, he must embark on a journey to find the pieces to a magic suit of armor...but then it took a much stronger pagan turn, introducing iconic spiritual elements of Buddhism and Hinduism.
-- Art Parkinson as KUBO (Games of Thrones)
-- Brenda (Vaccaro) as KAMEYO (Johnny Bravo's Mama)
FCC's Very Own
-- Charlize Theron as MONKEY / MOTHER (FCC 72: Mad Max: Fury Road
-- Ralph Fiennes as MOON KING (Harry Potter...)
-- Matthew McConaughey as BEETLE / FATHER (FCC 71: INTERSTELLAR)
|BLT||Francis Schaeffer on Art: |
By recognizing technical excellence as an aspect of an artwork, we are often able to say that while we do not agree with such and such an artist’s world view, he is nonetheless a great artist. We are not being true to the artist as a man if we consider is artwork junk simply because we differ with his outlook on life.
Christian schools, Christian parents, and Christian pastors often have turned off young people at just this point. Because [they] did not make a distinction between technical excellence and content, the whole of much great art has been rejected with scorn and ridicule.
Instead, if the artist’s technical excellence is high, he is to be praised for this, even if we differ with his world view. Man must be treated fairly as man. Technical excellence is, therefore, an important criterion.
|mh||Put on the whole armor of God|
This is one of those “Sanctification” episodes of FCC, a la BTTF, Indiana Jones, etc.
A great tool for describing the atmosphere the primitive church were living in: heavy (great!) persecution from the religious authorities; chased from town to town. They were delivered up to councils and scourged in the synagogues. They were brought before kings for the sake of Christ Jesus. Brother delivered up brother to death and father his child; and children rose up against parents and caused them to be put to death. They were hated by all on account of Jesus (Matthew 10:17-22).
Paul reminded believers in Asia Minor (Ephesus, Laodicea, Colossae, etc. - see Col. 4:16), Put on the whole armor of God… Eph. 6:10-13.
SOUND BITE: We’re going to find the armor. It’s the only thing that can protect you.
Which is a process (sanctification?)…
SOUND BITE: But Kubo still has much to learn
The persecutors intended to hinder this process…
SOUND BITE: Any man who found the armor would grow too powerful and become a threat to the those in the heavenly places.
|Ephesians 6:10-13 NRSV|
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his power. Put on the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to withstand on that evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.
Matthew 6:33 KJV
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
|The Moon King aka Grandfather is a Class-A villain.|
-- He steals Kubo's eye
-- He kills Kubo's parents...twice
-- He destroys villages
SFX #1: An example of his villainy
After Kubo defeats him, however, the Moon-King rescinds into his original form: a meek, old man.
SFX #2: Lost and alone, but new to the family.
The community then steps up to bless their new family member with a new identity.
SFX #3: Hey, now you're one of us.
And this is how we fulfill the Great Commission: by reminding people of their stories.
|ACTS 17:16-34 is the whole story.|
But! Let's focus on Verses 22 and 23
So Paul, standing before the council, addressed them as follows: “Men of Athens, I notice that you are very religious in every way, for as I was walking along I saw your many shrines. And one of your altars had this inscription on it: ‘To an Unknown God.’ This God, whom you worship without knowing, is the one I’m telling you about.
|SFX #1: ~1:24:30 - ~1:25:00|
And how does this story end? | I kill you. | Oh...very well. Is this your wish? To do battle with a hideous monster who ruined your life? To prove your worth, like your doomed father? How mortal. (Fade out on crackling sounds)
SFX #2: ~1:29:26 -
Oh...Where am I? | Hello, Grandfather. | Hello, oh...what happened to your eye? | No, I'm...sorry young man, I...I seem to have forgotten my story...can you help me?
SFX #3: (Immediately after)
I'll tell him...no, we'll all tell him. You are the kindest sweetest man to ever live in this village. | Oh, oh really? | Yes. | Uh, uh...every day, you walk around smiling and handing out coins to children...like me! | And old women... | Oh... | You taught my kids how to swim. | And you give blankets to the poor. | You're a good man. | You fed the hungry! | You're a great example! | Oh! It turns out I'm pretty selfless... | That's why we love you. | You know, we have something in common. We both adore your grandson. His name is Kubo.
|What Christian themes have you found in...?|
|INITIALS||MAIL/VOICEMAIL/LISTERNER FEEDBACK (Stinger)||AUDIO|
|John Wilkerson voice mail via SpeakPipe||X|
|PS Philip Comment on MOANA: We Know the Way with Compassion | FCC 136||Hey guys, although I didn't see Moana, I still listened to this episode and dug it. I suppose if you did cover Mary Poppins, I would suck it up and watch that musical. Which reminds me, you guys still haven't done Saving Mr. Banks yet, have you? Watching that made me curious about Mary Poppins.|
I appreciate that you didn't let this film being about a polytheistic religion stop you from engaging with it. You guys did a great job relating it to our faith, and finding little "c" catholic truth in it.
Thanks for the show guys! #muhweeladgimli
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