Film Friday: Into The Woods

My wife and daughter were really looking forward to this epic musical fantasy… but sadly they came out not much short of bitterly disappointed with the way it all ended. Don’t worry I won’t give it away. The story weaves together a host of fairy tale characters – Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel – along with a baker and his wife who must venture to find a clutch of things from various tales in order to have a child and break the curse on them. Here’s a couple of handsome dudes, heartbroken princes who cannot get to Cinderella and Rapunzel, the women they love.

I’m still reeling from the end of Gone Girl a film which had me totally absorbed throughout, yet left me wanting a different resolution when it was all over. I can’t help wondering if our desire for good endings is a sign of the kingdom deep within us. That yearning for it all to come right. We want resolution, justice, closure, the right kind of outcome. A feelgood finale. Whatever you choose to call it. In the Bible, Revelation 21 describes a time when there’ll be no more tears, or pain, or sadness. The past hurts will be no more. There will be a new beginning and it will be one of harmony and fulfillment. No frustration or agony. Jesus gave us a glimpse of this when he refused to stay put in the world of the dead. There is more, his actions seemed to say. The grisly end of murder on that cross was not sufficient. There is a better denouement. And his resurrection was the beginning of that. The tip of the iceberg.

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