Men in Black 3 – The 3 Essential Elements of a Good Story

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Went to see Men in Black 3 yesterday. I expected quality Hollywood entertainment and was not disappointed. Will Smith performed well alongside his new acting partner Josh Brolin, who played the role of younger Agent K. There was humor, even a tear-jerking moment. They kept a good twist for this third installment. (I won’t be the one to give it away and spoil it for you.) Listen for the closing song: Pitbull’s “Back in Time” remake of Mickey and Sylvia’s “Love is Strange,” a fun song originally and cool as a rap remix.

Like all truly universally good movies and messages, it contains the essential elements of the Gospel:
1) good overcoming evil in the end (yes, it’s predictable, but so are non-Hollywood movies. Their “alternative” is nothing flash… they simply have somebody good dying or losing at the end),
2) faith – somebody has to trust another somebody whom most people would think ridiculous to believe in. This is the essential element of a good story, faith in somebody! In this movie the Colonel had to trust these agents from a super secret organization which exists to stop an alien invasion. Come to think of it, it’s kind of cool to believe in Jesus whom many other refuse to believe in. It’s cool to believe Someone whom most people think ridiculous to believe in, but He turns out to be the Hero.
3) sacrifice – a story without sacrifice just isn’t a good story. Somebody has to pay the price for our freedom. You guessed it, that’s Jesus! Like in this movie, most of the world is completely oblivious to the person who sacrificed to save the world for them. People go on living without realizing who has done so much for them, while a select few is in the know.

Christians, we believe the greatest story ever told, we know the greatest secret ever kept, and we have the greatest Hero who ever lived and gave His life for the world!

YOUR COMMENTS: What other movies or stories you know follow the Gospel script?
Is your life following the Gospel model?

  • http://trotaire.wordpress.com trotaire

    The Arcadian is my favourite! Griffin knows the future and has the power, yet he's kind and makes the right use of what he knows. God knows our future, He knows the consequences of our actions, yet He does not just step in and takes command. God gets involved as we seek for Him – K sought to understand what Griff said, when he did, he got Griff involved in his mission. Even though God foreknew, it's our own actions that directly affect our future!

  • Shu In

    Love this review for a movie with christian twist! Makes me want to watch MIB 3 all the more now :)

  • Esther

    The Devil’s Advocate is a good movie, revealing satan’s favourite sin that we often fall for without realizing…