J. Robert Parks Raves About “Children of Men”

I love it when a movie rekindles, and increases, my love and appreciation of what movies can do. Children of Men does that for me. I’m seeing it again tonight, and I’m just giddy with anticipation.

Apparently, J. Robert Parks was also rather impressed.

I hope award voters won’t be blown away by the violence (which is stark and brutal) and overlook the film’s rich thematic content. Some film critics have complained that the cultural motifs are too vague to be compelling, while others have argued the opposite, that the allegory is too closely tied to today’s political situation. I’d argue that the film is just right, that it reminds us of how legitimate crises can be used by governments eager to grab power and that the “simple” answer of closing our borders is a false solution. Even if you’re not a political junkie, the story of Faron and Kee on the run, along with the various people they meet along the way (including yet another brilliant turn from Peter Mullan), is gripping entertainment. And allusions to another miraculously pregnant young woman make Children of Men an appropriate Christmas film after all.

Thanks to Peter Chattaway for catching this!

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About Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet has two passions: writing fiction, and celebrating art — music, cinema, photography, literature — through writing and teaching. He is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” — Through a Screen Darkly. And his four-novel fantasy series, The Auralia Thread, which begins with Auralia's Colors, was published by Random House. He speaks at universities and conferences around the world about understanding art through eyes of faith. He is earning his MFA in Creative Writing at Seattle Pacific University, where he has worked for 11 years as an editor, writer, and communications project manager. His work has been recognized in The New Yorker, TIME, The Seattle Times, IMAGE, Ravi Zacharias International — and Christianity Today, where he served as a film journalist for more than a decade. He recently began a weekly column called "Listening Closer" for Christ and Pop Culture.

  • David Hudson

    Jeffrey, have you seen J Hoberman‘s review yet? I think you’ll be pleased.