The Harry Potter films end where they began: Love, which lays down one’s own life for another, is more powerful than evil that takes life. But in this final film, additional spiritual truths are accentuated
The Matrix Trilogy is an excellent opportunity to discuss what we expect from a science fiction film, especially one that is obviously dealing with Christian symbols. If we expect the film to simply be an allegory of Jesus Christ telling the gospel story in a different way, then we will not only be disappointed but also offended.
The struggle between good and evil is personified in J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings.” Set within the realm of “middle earth,” half way between the earth we know and the heaven we seek, Tolkien utilizes the power of fantasy to help us understand both.
By ignoring God’s commands to enjoy His world and its God-given pleasures, legalistic communities find value in what they deny themselves rather than in what they enjoy. The more they want to please God, the more they surrender the very life that God meant for them to enjoy.
Death row is not where one would expect to find a life-affirming message. But this is not a usual film. With much of the same depth and strength of his earlier “Shawshank Redemption,” author Stephen King gives us a glimpse into the struggle of good and evil in the lives of prisoners on death row.