Nine Hints for Watching a Film Theologically

  1. What issues does the filmmaker select for emphasis?
  2. How does the film frame the problematic aspects of human existence?
  3. How does the film resonate with typical religious ways of framing the problematic aspect of human existence?
  4. Does the film offer new insight into this problematic?
  5. What kind of resolution does the film suggest?
  6. How does the film handle ambiguity?
  7. How does the resolution within the film compare with your religious understanding concerning resolution? What is the role of ambiguity for you?
  8. Is there an implicit or explicit spirituality within the film? If so, how is it expressed?
  9. Does the film challenge, contradict, or enlarge your views of the issues it presents?