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I'm not sure what the audience of this film is.
It's certainly not atheists, or at least if it is then it's done a horrible job of understanding atheists and basically spends its entire runtime insulting them. If you want people to convert to your point of view then that's not the way of doing it. The basic premise seems to be that atheists just hate God. As an atheist I can assure you that I do not hate God (he's my favourite fictional villain!), but I have no reason to believe he exists. I didn't suffer some horrible trauma in my youth that would make me turn from the righteous path, I just didn't buy the stories. The guy portrayed here isn't me, or anything remotely close to me or any other living atheist, he's just a straw man who exists to be torn down. The fact that the film feels fit to kill him off even after he has a change of heart should be evidence enough for that.
I'm not sure it's meant for a Christian audience either though, at least not a sane one, because literally nobody in this thing behaves like a normal human being. While the scorn for atheists is quite blatant this film also throws (almost certainly unintentional) insults at Christians too by making them look smug, superior, morally incorruptible, judgemental and all in all extremely unpleasant. All I can say if heaven is full of people like these characters I think I'd rather go to hell, thanks.
No, if this film has any kind of target audience at all then it's for a niche audience of people who live in a bubble that has little or nothing to do with reality. There is nothing here anybody who believes or doesn't could really relate to. Hogwarts feels more real than the place portrayed in this move.
Should you watch it anyway? Maybe. Depends on whether you're into Bile Fascination or not, I guess.
You'd be amazed at the volume of religious schisms who still interpret scripture literally, with all the dogmatic, self-righteous justification that inherently brings. To them, anyone with a different belief system is inherently doomed to an eternity in Hell. Tellingly, a lot of them are glory-hallelujah doomsday preppers who just can't wait for the coming of the Four Horsemen. Basically, they're just cowards who've given up on the eternal struggle that is life, and who are trying to drag down as many others as possible.
You can find them in the comment section of every conspiracy video ever, and they are legion, or at least do a frightening job of giving that impression. I guess my point is that you're right, it was made by fanatical, borderline sociopaths who are unable to portray realistic characters because, willingly or otherwise, they've replaced the real world they live in with a fantasy where everything can be twisted to fit their world view. It's a big world of unlimited potential for good or bad, so of course they were able to raise funds to make a movie designed to preach to the choir, offend those of a contrary opinion, and draw in new people in search of answers.
On the whole though, they represent a vocal minority. I've never personally met anyone like this. It's not fair to judge an entire ethos based on the words and deeds of a comparatively small splinter groups of fundamentalists. That goes for any religion.
As an atheist I can assure you that I do not hate God (he\'s my favourite fictional villain!)
While I have no doubt this movie sucks (sadly most Christian movies do this day), I\'d just like to point out: you\'re really Not Helping Your Case when you say that sort of thing. I mean, \"I don\'t hate God, but I do love to see him portrayed as evil in fictional media\"? Yeah, that\'ll convince religious people you don\'t hate Him...
This movie is so stupid and unrealistic.
I\'m a liberal progressive-thinking atheist and I was able to maintain a cordial relation with my English college professor - and he was a right-wing conservative Christian who knew I was atheist (well I told him so).
This movie is so stupid and unrealistic. Though a lot of people who made this movie said they ARE Christian, the writers, the producer, the director. And this movie even got a 77% approval rating from Rotten Tomatoes - it seems American Christians really do like this kind of intolerant redneck garbage. The part where the 2 pastors just pray for their broken car to get running again was real stupid, it\'s not as effective as just getting off your ass and doing something.
I thought Wheaton was an absolute hypocrite - he thinks it\'s angelic to propagandize Christianity and spread its word but demonic when you do the same for atheism. It\'s like when Affirmative Action fuckers say it\'s okay to discriminate against men and White people when they apply for jobs and colleges but not okay against women and Indians, blacks and Mexicans. I mean I agree that Radisson was a prick but Josh was a prick too, and yet Josh gets hailed a hero and a true messenger of god - Radisson gets hit by a car and everyone cheers for that.
I\'m a liberal progressive-thinking atheist and I was able to maintain a cordial relation with my English college professor - and he was a right-wing conservative Christian who knew I was atheist (well I told him so). I agree that my professor was full of himself, being real cocky and impertinent always trying to press his beliefs down upon my class (including me of course) and he complained \"atheists don\'t have a good basis for their morality\" and he blamed atheists for all these school shootings going on. I also hated how he kept saying women are better than men (he was a man too, guess he\'s the \"Uncle Ruckus\" of men).
but my professor told me many times that I was one of his Top Students and he did give me high scores on essays for Hamlet, poetry such as \"Death be Not Proud\", \"Kubla Khan\" and \"Ode to West Wind\" and I managed to score 2 A\'s from his classes. He acknowledged that I scored better than most of his other students who I heard got failing grades at the end of the semester and had to drop out of college.
You don\'t quite seem to grasp the mindset of the radical Christians who made this tripe. All the things you cited that insult Christians, \"making them look smug, superior, morally incorruptible, judgemental and all in all extremely unpleasant\", they don\'t see as flaws. From their perspective, Josh is justifiably smug because he\'s obviously always in the right, is actually morally incorruptible because being a Christian is the only thing that is moral, correct to be judgemental because he\'s not self-righteous, he\'s actually righteous, and only unpleasant because atheists deserve to be scorned and denigrated. This is how these people actually think. Black and White Insanity is how they see the world- nothing done in the name of Christianity can be wrong, nothing that is not done in the name of Christianity can be right. This is why Josh never bothers making a single decent argument against Radisson- because from the filmmakers\' perspective, his correctness is self-evident. Christianity is rooted in blind faith, after all, and deigning to actually debate with an atheist would be morally wrong, especially when they obviously don\'t have a point anyway and just hate God because they\'re evil. The film isn\'t interested in converting atheists, or if it is the only argument it can come up with is \"See how wrong you are? Come join the side of obvious rightness, before you get hit by a car too!\" And they see absolutely nothing wrong with this.
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