Mormons at the Movies
Brad returns with thoughts on Mormons and Movies.
With Mitt Romney becoming a likely candidate for this year’s presidential election, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is in the public psyche now more than ever. One can expect that the more publicity the Republican candidate receives, the more LDS beliefs or Mormonism will become themes explored in popular entertainment. Shows such as Big Love have already made waves exploring splinter groups, and Mormon characters have appeared in programmes such as House M.D. – But what of cinema?
The LDS church, like many religions, has a growing market of niche cinema made by Mormons for Mormons. And these films are, generally speaking, awful. What is really intriguing is how popular opinion of Mormonism has crept into major Hollywood productions over the years. Below is a list of 10 Hollywood feature films which received nationwide and often international release. I look at the LDS characters within these films, and how their membership to the Mormon Church affects their portrayal onscreen. Are they seen as the blood thirsty devil worshipers which were made popular in early 20th Century literature, or are they painted as genuinely righteous and kind hearted folk? Let’s have a look…