I told you so.
For years, I’ve been saying on this blog things like “there is a hunger in the nation for really good Christian movies…it’s just that we aren’t making very many” (from The Top 5 Christian-y Christian Movies of All Time), and “the country is starving for some genuinely good Christian movies and TV shows. If someone ever actually makes one, look out!” (from The Top 5 Worst Movies of 2014-2015 That I Did Not Watch).
Well, low and behold, look what just happened: A low-budget Christian movie about the hot Hollywood topic of…prayer…was the number one grossing movie at the box office last week.
So I’m writing an entire blog piece to say “I told you so.” I told you that the country wants good Christian movies. I told you that Hollywood dislikes Christianity so much they are often willing to hurt themselves to show it. I told you that if they’d wake up and make good, clean, Christian movies that they could make a bunch of money. But instead of doing that, they let a group of amateurs from a church in Georgia make the number one movie in the country with very little budget. Imagine what could happen if Hollywood actually put their own vast resources into it?
Other people are picking up on this theme, too – consider the following statements from Gary Susman on the secular movie news cite Movie Fone:
“By now, we should probably stop being surprised when Christian-themed movies become mainstream hits, but the feat is still striking…if the Hollywood studios don’t want to leave money on the table, they just have to figure out how to make such movies and how to sell them in campaigns that don’t require blanketing the continent with superhero toys and fast-food tie-ins.”
Welcome to the party, Gary. I told you so.