Occasionally, I get started into a movie only to discover that it's a Christian movie intended to convert people. I find they all have one thing in common. The acting is terrible. All this time I've been thinking that it's because they figure they don't need to put too much effort into it because it's the "word of God" but today I began to wonder if it's just because that seems to be the nature of Christian people trying to spread a message. Either way, it's almost like I can spot a Christian movie right off the bat by the bad acting.
Edit: I differentiate between movies meant to convert and depictions of biblical stories. Every movie I've seen that is specifically geared toward converting people has had bad acting. Biblical depictions have usually been good quality. The movie that sparked my comments was Left Behind with Nicholas Cage. Others would include War Room, Fireproof, and Courageous. Another thing they have in common is that they usually don't make it obvious it's a Christian movie. You find out when you're watching.
I dare anyone to get through a marathon of recent Kevin Sorbo movies without their intestines reaching up to strangle their brains. (I always think it's going to be an old Kevin Sorbo movie and then find he's still paying "god" back for still being alive). OMG.... Don't do it!
Not that he was the best actor ever - but gees....
Like with most "Christian" art forms they aren't the brightest or most self reflective of people(if you never think you're wrong you can't get better at anything) and they're usually working cheap, so crap actors who can't get other parts wind up being hired.
Have you ever watched the Hallmark holiday movies? They are very "faith" oriented and I find it weird that they actually do have some decent actors playing the parts (like, seasoned actors) but the movie is still cheesy. Never quite got that.
I remember being repelled when the "Gods Not Dead!" franchise first came out. Everything about it screamed. . . eww.
Every big atheist YouTuber cashing in on mocking the theme song at the time didn't help.
Fast forward 3 or 4 years, and I decided. . . what the hell.
Or, so I thought lol. I made it maybe 6 minutes in, and I couldn't handle it anymore.
And I thought 99% of American law enforcement related procedurals we're overly formulaic. . .
I actually love books, movies, and shows that take religious themes and ideas seriously. There are not many. In recent years, I loved HBO's "The Leftovers" (three short, spectacular seasons, NOT to be confused with "Left Behind" ) and the Netflix documentary "Wild Wild Country". I'm endlessly fascinated by human psychology, beliefs in groups, complex group dynamics, cults, magical thinking, etc., especially when dramatized and analyzed so very well.
What gets me is if you look at the trailers on youtube, the comments below must be from the producers' mothers or something. They all seem to be, "What a wonderful movie!" and "I cried at this part" and "What an uplifting message", bla bla bla. No real human person could think that. Any given porn movie has better acting.
No, it is not only you. I hasten to point out to you that much of the perceived bad acting is a result of the writing. The films are not intended as a form of entertainment. Their purpose is propaganda and indoctrination. They are written specifically to make one or more phony points that fit the agenda of the church. The writers don't even try for natural sounding dialog. The entire screenplay is designed to make a statement. Many politicians are much more entertaining and make more sense than the average religious film. Oh, and you are right to distinguish between most (not all) bible story telling films (Exodus for example) and the regular fare (God's Not Dead I and II are a couple of gems).