I was just rummaging through my stuff some weeks ago and found something I wanted to share. Then I forgot. So I was rummaging again and voila! This is a brief film review that I had to write for school. Obviously, I was much younger, judging from the lack of depth and the way I wrote, but I’m sharing anyway. Changed just a word or two, added names of actors and edited the looooong paragraph. No stars given as I need to see the movie again to be able to cirticize better.
This must be my very first film review, ever! My advanced apologies 🙂
AT PLAY IN THE FIELDS OF THE LORD
In my opinion, At Play in the Fields of the Lord is not simply a movie. It is a movie of importance.
Historically, Filipinos can relate to the Indians’ problem. That is why even if I haven’t personally experienced what my ancestors and the Indians went through, I can understand how they felt. The introduction of Christianity is a noble deed, as long as one is sincere in his intentions, and the effect on the ones to whom it is introduced would not be more on the negative side.
In the movie, it is cleary shown that there are people like Leslie (John Lithgow) who pretend, who try to appear so saintly, when they do not really care about the “uncivilized.” I don’t know if there is such a thing, but I would call it the ‘Hero Complex.’ There are people who feel like they are the only ones who can save everyone and feel like the world owes it to them. It is also clearly shown in the movie that what is good for you may not be good for others, that if you push them to comply with what you think is right, it may just hurt them.
Like the experience of the Indians. They were not ready to embrace Christianity. They were only coaxed with goods. Where did that lead them? Martin (Aidan Quinn) was sincere in his intentions but still, he resorted to bribery, reason enough for the Indians to embrace Christianity without being ready. And what about Lewis Moon (Tom Berenger)? He did not want Christianity to enter the tribes. In fact, he joined the Indians. But it proved to be dangerous. He wasn’t about to let go of what he was in the past, kissed Leslie’s wife Andy (Daryl Hannah), and killed practically the whole tribe…Sometimes, it is better to let others be.
Some aspects of the movie may not be realistic but the fact is, most of it is realistic, even the nudity. Basically, the movie is actually good.