I never used to give much thought to what I watched or read; I just felt instinctively if it was good or not. That changed a few years ago when I went on a trip with my former church to Hollywood. It was then when I met with Christian directors, actors, and screenwriters to listen what life is like in Hollywood and what really is involved with creating and making a story. I wrote about this trip and you can read about it here.
My friend, Lonnie, taught me about story structure and challenged me on what makes a good story. He completely opened up my eyes and when I came home, I immediately became an annoyance to my kids. At the time, my oldest was 11 when I wanted to talk about a movie he just watched he would lament:
“Why can’t a movie just be a movie?”
I want my kids to think about what they’re watching and why. I want them to realize that writers don’t randomly throw things into a story for the sake of being cool (the good ones don’t). I want them to think about what the writer/artist is trying to say. I want my kids to have a discerning taste when it comes to story and choose things which will make them think and touch an emotion.
We’re big super hero fans in our house and looking forward to watching The Amazing Spiderman 2 this summer. (Click here to view the trailer) I was happy to review a family discussion guide for this movie before we see the film so I’ll have some great talking points with my kids afterwards. This discussion guide is faith-focused and can help guide you when you talk to your kids about this movie.
The discussion topics are:
- The Nature of Power
- Time is Luck and Life is Precious
- Choices and Destiny
This brief guide recounts a scene from the movie, lists Bible verses to illustrate your discussion and provides some questions you can ask you kids. It’s a great tool to use to get your kids thinking and I’m thrilled to offer a Spiderman 2 giveaway for one lucky reader.
Answer this question to enter: what makes a movie a good movie for you? DEADLINE TO ENTER IS: Monday, April 28th. I’ll announce the winner on Wednesday, April 30th.
The lucky winner (chosen at random) will receive a Spiderman 2 prize pack courtesy of Fly By Promotions which includes an electronic version of the Family Discussion Guide, cell phone case AND t-shirt!
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