I believe that most everyone who came of age in the last few decades is a movie fan. Why? Because in those decades, the art of movie making reached its peak. Certainly, lovers of vintage films might argue with me on this. They believe that the recent age of blockbusters and visual effects have ruined the art. And this is accounting for what is undeniably a downturn in movie attendance.
I would respond, in spite of this downturn, film has reached an incredible effectiveness for what movies do best — sweep an audience into an alternative reality for several hours.
What has been dished out in the last twenty-five years is poignant explorations, realistic enough to be believed, and presenting different ways of looking at the world. From the stark world of Blade Runner to the expanded cosmos of Close Encounters of the Third Kind to the way Jaws ruined the beaches for us, movies have had a lasting effect. And it’s not just mental, it’s our very ethos that is affected.
Everyone knows when you go to a film, and you are exposed to a different reality, you leave still in that reality after you walk out the door. If the film was scary or violent, we warily check the crowd for danger automatically until we shake it off and return to our normal sense of things. On the other hand, if the movie was inspiring or imparts a new way of looking at life positive in its effect, then we want to savor the moment.
Have visual effects become bad replacements for good stories here in the 21st century? Certainly. But it isn’t the fault of the medium itself because we now have all the ingredients to serve up a platter of alternative reality that can stretch us in the ways that we want.
I believe that the downturn in movie attendance is happening chiefly because of excitement, or our alternative realities are not what we want any longer. What we desire, at this moment of history, is to explore subjects that touch our deeper consciousness. We want stories that give us true-to-experience, demonstrations of what it feels like to perceive the world in a larger way – a way that smacks true to our own intimations of where the human world can best evolve.
Such attitudes, I believe, are responsible for the upsurge in spiritual films, some large, some small, and is certainly what The Celestine Prophecy Movie is all about. The plot, the conversation, the hidden connections to the past, are all part of a whole that points to an expanded awareness of life’s deeper meaning. It speaks of why evolution has carried us this far, the creation of this evolution, and how we might become part of this magic flow as we make a contribution to our lives.
We made The Celestine Prophecy Movie hoping to penetrate the viewer’s consciousness, something inside lights up and brings a shift in how we view the world. A memory, which we can carry with us into the future.