Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Meet the Mormons: A Movie Review

A friend and I saw Meet the Mormons last night.

To be honest, I wasn't sure it was going to be any good. Judging from the trailer below, I thought it might turn out to be pretty corny.

However, I was pleasantly surprised. I wasn't crazy about the narrator at the beginning, and the music montage at the end was admittedly cheesy, but the documentary part following the 6 stories was really well-done. 

So what's it all about? It's not about the theology of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but more about the impact that the faith has on people who are members. It's more about who were are and the values that make us that way (which are of course natural outgrowths of our religious beliefs.) 
Meet the Mormons is a documentary about how membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints informs the lives of 6 people across the globe.  {posted @ Unremarkable Files}

I don't think you even need to be a Latter-day Saint to enjoy the movie  in fact, my friend who is spiritual but not religious said it was good.

Apparently critics didn't like it because it wasn't an expose of Latter-day Saint doctrine and history, but that was never the focus or intention of the movie.

The movie was meant to show why we are the way they are: namely our faith in Christ and their commitment to family and loving their neighbor. Critics looking for polygamy and other controversies were disappointed not to see them in the movie because that's not what normal Latter-day Saints go around thinking about all the time.

I'm not sure how much longer Meet the Mormons is going to be playing in theaters, but it will probably be available on Netflix and Redbox in the future. 

***I also feel the need here to say in all caps that MY MOVIE TICKET WAS $12! Twelve dollars to see a movie once! At least the proceeds were going to the Red Cross. Unfortunately I couldn't say the same about the $4 box of candy at the counter.

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