[March 28, 2022] I’ve always believed that the redeeming value of movies is more than their immediate entertainment value. Movies can teach us worthy lessons. Once, I posed the question, “Can we learn leadership from a movie?”1 Modern movies, however, disappoint … and I’m sure most of us would agree.
I am convinced that some of the best movies can teach us how to live our lives, at least in a small way. Values like the importance of friendship, camaraderie and loyalty, the dangers of pride and arrogance, the importance of compassion and charity, or the meaning of determination and resilience. Yes, movies can teach us these things, and the best ones do so within an exciting storyline.
By accident, I ran across a movie critic a few days ago while searching for an old war movie. The Critical Drinker is who I found. His movie reviews are superior to those I once considered professionals, like Roger Ebert, Gene Shalit, and Leonard Maltin. After listening to him, you get a sense of “yeah, that’s right.”
One of my favorite videos that The Critical Drinker posted on YouTube is titled, “Why Modern Movies Suck – They Teach Us Awful Lessons.”2
“Movies are great for teaching us useful life lessons, inspiring us, warning us, and generally showing us how to be better people. Unfortunately, they seem to have forgotten how to do this stuff, and the result is they’re giving their audiences terrible life lessons.” – The Critical Drinker
The Critical Drinker’s name is Will Jordan, born in Scotland and author of a popular series of action thrillers.3 You can find his books almost anywhere.
Will Jordan believes modern movies’ moral scales are tipping in the wrong direction. He sees these movies as teaching people to be arrogant, complacent, entitled, narcissistic and selfish.” Will Jordan comments that these movies “give us shitty lessons that produce shitty people,” and he is right.
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dnuqp4_K7ik&t=13s (YouTube video, 10:49 minutes)
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