Shyamalan's 'Glass' is Engaging Almost Until the End

I don’t think anyone will deny that M. Night Shyamalan is a great storyteller. He initially proved that with the release of The Sixth Sense. The symbolism of the color red, the odd scenes that made very little sense until the end of the movie and of course, the amazing twist that nobody saw coming. That incredible twist has almost been the director’s undoing. Since 1999, not one of his other movie’s endings have had the same impact, but he continues to try.

In 2000, Mr. Shyamalan hoped that lightening would strike twice with Unbreakable which also starred Bruce Willis. Like The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable was a mystery only this time, the story featured the lone survivor of a train crash who left the accident without a scratch on him and an incredibly fragile, wheelchair-bound, comic book enthusiast which appeared to be the polar opposite. The story was intriguing, but basically fell apart near the end when the twist was revealed. Now almost 19 years later, the same thing ha…

Three Godly Life Lessons Found in ‘Big Hero 6’

The gospel according to Big Hero 6
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Inspired by the Marvel comic of the same name, Big Hero 6 has been “Disney-fied” into not only a very funny animated film, but also a very thoughtful one too. It may be a little rough for little ones, but older kids and adults alike will love it.

Like many of the Disney classics Big Hero 6 has a great story but boasts of even better values that Christians can stand behind. Here are three of the big ones. (A word of caution: This post is assuming that you have already seen the movie.)

A Friend Sticks Closer than a Brother

“Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.” - Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 (ESV)

“A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.” -Proverbs 17:17 (ESV)

Hiro Hamada is a young pre-teen boy who is super-smart, but doesn’t appreciate his skills. It takes some work, but his older brother Tadashi is able to open Hiro’s eyes to a who new world of technology and science. Throughout the first part of the movie, Tadashi is Hiro’s champion. He introduces Hiro to his friends at the college and they in turn welcome him to be part of the gang without any hesitation.

Tadashi is able to show Hiro one last example of kindness when he risks his life to save another, but it ends in tragedy. However, it is Tadashi’s friends that “take over” for him. They continue to love and support him. They give Hiro his space when he wants it, but check in on him often. They want him to know that they are still his friends and that they will stand with him no matter what. It really is one of the best examples of selfless friendship found in an animated movie.

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