Christian Movie DirectorJuly 4, 2005
Ralph Winter is poised to be seen in the mainstream of directors with his “Fantastic 4” movie coming out. F4 was one of my favorite comics (along with Spiderman and Justice League) so I am going to catch it sometime this week. Not just because it is a comic favorite but because Ralph Winter is a strong Christian.
Catch this interview with Winter where he gives his philosophy of Christian movies. He even reveals in the article that he is making a fictional movie using “The Purpose-Driven Life” as the basis. Should be fascinating.
Winter catches the essence of our discussion on Christian artists in this interview when he says:
[Christians] want to dot every “i” and cross every “t” and make sure it’s uber-clear what’s happened by the end of the story. We’ve lost the ability to create mystery and wonder.
Movies are not good at giving answers. Movies are great at asking questions. Movies that do that are lasting.
I love the movie Gladiator. It’s inspiring. It’s a wonderful journey of someone who is sort of an also-ran in the process, but who aspires to greatness and asks the huge questions. It seems to be about “Win the crowd and win your freedom.” But I think that movie is truly about love, and not just about choosing. Even when Commodus smothers his dad, what is it that he says? “If you would have loved me, I would have butchered the whole world.” He wants love as well—in a different sense than Maximus, but it is about love at some level.