Thinking Out Loud

May 8, 2014

Yet Another Faith-Centered Movie Coming in August

Filed under: media, Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , — paulthinkingoutloud @ 7:34 am

Calvary_movieposterI’ve got to say this one intrigues me.

Calvary opened in the UK in a respectable 7th place and held on to that place during its second week. As I write this, the movie is still holding on in the top ten, in 9th place.

After reading a little about the movie online, it seems to combine intrigue with enough quirky characters to keep you engaged, and the questions of faith it raises seem to be front and center. The beautiful scenery in Ireland can’t hurt this either. Here’s the succinct “elevator pitch” from IMDb:

After he is threatened during a confession, a good-natured priest must battle the dark forces closing in around him.

A review in The Irish Post provides the movie’s opening line, a reminder that if you’re a conservative Evangelical perhaps this is not the film for you. The Catholic Herald provides some context for that scene, “While the opening scene raises the disturbing topic of the sex abuse scandal, the film is not an assault on the Church.” The reviews headline offers that this film is, “a jet black comedy with serious things to say about faith.” In case you missed that, let me repeat that from all indications this is a very dark comedy, but the Catholic publication goes on to give it four stars. The Telegraph’s review seems to see the opening lines as a microcosm of the film as a whole.

The one-hour, forty-minute film is schedule to open in the US (and presumably Canada) in August. It will be interesting to see the reaction of North American critics.




  1. How about the t.v. series Nazareth coming to Fox? A lot of the Noah criticism, particularly from those familiar with scripture, is how much of the movie varies from the Bible narrative. Nazareth is set to focus on the childhood developmental years of Jesus. There will be no conflict with scripture since we have basically don’t have any.

    Comment by Clark Bunch — May 8, 2014 @ 1:22 pm

    • Nazareth was actually in the link list a day ago, and being US-based, would be more familiar to everyone here. This one, from the UK is a movie probably most of us here weren’t aware of.

      The “infancy gospels” of Jesus is probably some of the strangest literature out there, especially since we have absolutely no corroboration for the stories from any outside sources, or any cross-references within the NT canon.

      Add to this TV-screenplay artistic license, and anything can happen.

      Comment by paulthinkingoutloud — May 8, 2014 @ 9:45 pm

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