What makes a good movie? Is it special effects? Great car chases? CGI that blurs the line between reality and make believe? A good movie makes you lose yourself in the story as you escape from the daily grind if only for a while. But a great movie? A great movie is one that you and your friends end up talking about, debating the meaning of different scenes. A great movie is one that raises questions, makes you wonder, that sits in the back of your mind long after the credits roll.
For the next few weeks we’re going to look at some movies and try to grasp what it is about their stories that touch us at such a deep level. And more than that, we’re going to learn that the stories in these films touch us because they touch on the larger story that God has written and called each of us to be a part of in this world.
Here are some questions to help you process this message and apply it to your life:
1. What’s the closest thing you’ve done to being marooned on a tropical island all by yourself like Chuck was?
2. What do you think was inside that package with the angel wings on it?
3. Remember that scene when Chuck broke that stick while trying to make fire and he yelled in frustration? What’s one of your “frustrating-fire-making” moments that happened in your life?
4. If you’re a Jesus-follower, what’s one of the ways you hang on to hope? How does that affect your perspective on life?
5. The big line from the Cast Away is “You gotta keep breathing because tomorrow the sun will rise. Who knows what the tide could bring?” What do you think God is doing in your life these days, and what is he bringing your way?