Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The Unforgiven Wrestler


Finally got around to watching this film last night – I had been meaning to watch it for ages – and it was, as expected, an excellent film, highly recommended, although, as a tragedy, it ends up being pretty grim. 4.5/5

However, whilst watching it I was put in mind of the text from Sunday's service: "he who has been forgiven little loves little". The turning point in the wrestler's story is a rejection, which leads to a relapse into bad habits, which escalates into another rejection, and a further relapse, and the man sinks back into the way of death. In other words, it is because of a lack of forgiveness - especially from one crucial person - that death follows. So I see the film as an exploration and presentation of a spiritual law - where choosing love and forgiveness leads to life in abundance, so too does a lack of love and lack of forgiveness lead to death.

Similar themes to the Eastwood film - hence the title of this blog post.

2 comments:

  1. Ah, new background. Interesting. Except none of the books have titles?

    Saw this film a couple of weeks ago as well. I'd also give it 4.5/5. Really enjoyed it, though maybe that isn't the word. (NB I've seen a lot of violent movies, but I was squirming during the scene with the barbed wire.)

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  2. Love the new blog theme Sam :)

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