It may just be me, but when I see this chart, I see an analog trinity (lowercase “t”), who in the face of evil, redeems a world by making some kind of atonement enabling everyone to live happily ever after (raised into newness of life?)
I realize in some ways that might be a stretch, but if nothing else, notice how each of these films follows a creation (normalcy), fall (introduction of evil) and redemption (vanquishing of evil).
Is it all coincidental that some of the most popular movies follow the same trajectory in their story line as the Bible does?
Perhaps, but does any other worldview/religion offer an adequate explanation for why people tell stories in the first and why when they do, they seem to be stories about redemption?
Often Christians (or at least evangelicals) get caught up in trying to analyze the worldview of film successfully without really noticing that regardless of what kind of philosophical ideas might be present in the film, the concept of film itself (using creatively ability to tell a redemptive story) undermines any attempt to promote a philosophy that clashes with Christianity. It’s a classic of case of sitting in the heavenly Father’s lap to get a better angle on reaching to slap his face. You still won’t quite be able to reach, but what’s getting you closer is the very thing you’re trying to undermine.
All that to say, can you think of a film that openly deviates from this pattern? By pattern I mean the underlying redemptive arc that most all stories have. If the hero succeeds (metaphorically dies on the cross and is resurrected) the film is technically consider a comedy (whether or not its’ “funny”), if he fails (metaphorically dies on the cross and fails to redeem anyone or anything) it’s a tragedy.
I wouldn’t be surprised if you could think of a film that does deviate from that pattern, but can you think of a film that openly deviates from this formula, yet was also successful in the box office? Or better, can you find a film on IMDB.com’s Top 250 that deviates from this formula? (does it underscore my point that the top film on that list has the name “redemption in it?)
In other words, do you know of any successful film that doesn’t attempt to tell some kind of redemptive story?
If you can give me a good example, I’ll footnote you!