“I pray because I can't help myself. I pray because I'm helpless. I pray because the need flows out of me all the time- waking and sleeping. It doesn't change God- it changes me.”
― C. S. Lewis
― C. S. Lewis
I believe in the sun even when it's not shining. I believe in love even when I don't feel it. And I believe in God even when He is silent. (quote found on the wall of a concentration camp)
Monday, February 21, 2011
Despicable Me Review From This Mom
It is a animated feature film about a man who is a career criminal, who uses 3 orphaned little girls to further his life of crime and pull off stealing the moon. It sounds really silly, which it was...... it was also somewhat clever and humorous in parts..... and the little girls were all adorable...... and they made you like them..... Then there was the Orphanage director who was supposed to look nice and motherly, yet she was sinister beneath the surface and untrustworthy. She used the children, and then, when they didn't please her, placed them in "The Box of Shame"...... and everybody laughed. But me.
It was a little too real and surreal at the same time and I had trouble processing what I was watching. As a parent to 3 little girls who were orphaned at one time, it was a little too close to home. One of our girls didn't watch the movie but chose to play pool instead.... another wanted to see it, and as soon as the "Box of Shame" showed up, she went from the front row to sitting right next to us and I could feel her breathing...... she said it didn't bother her.... but her body language said something different.
Our other little girl laughed through the movie and enjoyed it.
Apart from the strong adoption - neglect theme throughout the movie.... here is what REALLY bothered me.
There was nothing moral about this movie. The criminal did not give up his life of crime. He did fall in love with the little girls and wanted to be their father, but he never apologized for being a career criminal..... so it was mixed between a really bad guy, who had a loving heart towards his kids.
That is sort of like, praising a bank robber who quits robbing at 3:00 to be on time to his daughter's ballet recital.... Is that something to praise? I don't think so.
I am concerned about this type of movie, because the message is subtly placed within a humorous plot and it is FUN.... some of it. So why be so fuddy duddy about it?
Because it is IMMORAL.
The bad guy was made to look good. There was no good guy in the movie at all.
You do not adopt children to use them. Stealing is WRONG. A life of crime is wrong. Just because a child gets a hug good night and a bedtime story at the end of the movie, it doesn't mean it is good.
I really did not like this movie.
For a child who is insecure in their placement, I could see that it could be devastating. Had it been 2 years ago, we would have all left to go and play pool or do video games or air hockey. I can't expect everybody to understand this, and I don't....but for those who might accidently get introduced to this movie; Beware.