So, Star Wars has broken box office records for an opening. With all the hype around the launch of the new film it was practically inevitable!
But there is no question about it, spectacular, epic movies do still capture the imagination and people love to lap them up. I love a good film as well. There is something about the atmosphere in a cinema and settling down to consume a feast of vision and sound and allow the emotions to be engaged. And you only have to cast your eye over the list of films being shown on the TV to realise just how popular watching films is and how much people love to be caught up in the drama. Amid all the hype and the spectacular cinematic effects it is so easy to lose sight of the greatest drama of all. The Christmas story at one level is so familiar, that of the baby Jesus being born in the stable. It has been enacted a countless number of times over the last week or so by children all over wearing the obligatory tea towel and animal masks centering around the doll held upside down by the girl playing Mary dressed all in blue. It is sweet and lovely and warms the heart to see the children doing their thing. The story though is the most amazing involving a clash of super beings in a battle for supremacy with the earth and humanity as the battle ground. The supreme ruler of the universe faces a rebellion with one of his most trusted staff setting himself up in opposition to him. The rebel leader wants to tear and destroy the creator’s most treasured work, humanity. Already the enemy has planted the elements of revolt within humankind and it looks like he will have his way. Slowly his seeds of destruction are working away and will finally destroy us. But the creator isn’t finished yet. He plays his trump card by projecting himself to be born as a human baby of a simple young girl in a quiet backwater on the planet. The child is destined to show how the enemy can be fought and finally defeated. He has a special job to do that will unlock a force into the world greater than anything previously known. Until then he will be attacked by the enemy and as a baby he is at his most vulnerable and his earthly parents will have the greatest responsibility in ensuring his safety. It is a story of the highest drama which if something goes wrong will have cataclysmic and eternal consequences. How’s that for a blockbuster?