“A Christian Voice” in “Children of Men”?

From a comment posted in a previous post, by Mike Harris Stone:

Well I saw Children of Men last night. A fantastic piece of cinema which does, IMHO, go beyond even the filmmaker’s intentions in what it says, much as Wings of Desire did. Interestingly, the original music in the film is by British Composer John Taverner, an Orthodox Christian, so in that one aspect there is a Christian voice in the movie. I agree with your critique of it, Jeffrey.

And by the way, the backlash against the CT critics celebrating Children of Men . . . I keep wondering if some of those offended by the choice might be less offended if they actually Read. The. Review.

I’m hearing “How could they choose that?” Looking back at my original review, I think I spelled it out quite plainly why the film deserves praise (even though, in the end, my personal votes in that poll went for different films). And if that wasn’t enough, well, there’s defense #2, which I posted yesterday at this blog.

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About Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” called Through a Screen Darkly, and a four-volume series of fantasy novels called The Auralia Thread, which includes Auralia’s Colors, Cyndere’s Midnight, Raven’s Ladder, and The Ale Boy’s Feast. Jeffrey is a contributing editor for Seattle Pacific University’s Response magazine, and he writes about art, faith, and culture for Image, Filmwell, and his own website, LookingCloser.org. His work has also appeared in Paste, Relevant, Books and Culture, and Christianity Today (where he was a film columnist and critic for almost a decade). He lives in Shoreline, Washington. Visit him on Facebook at facebook.com/jeffreyoverstreethq.


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