I’ve been talking to myself a lot lately… could have been those paint fumes that started it, but that was weeks ago. However, I’ve been tinkering with the idea of building me some friends out of the strange items that can be found in the BuzzKill basement. Why who knows! With that leaky pipe and the strange glowing ooze… not to mention that faulty electric wall socket I may be able to bring life to my creations! Mwa ha ha! … Oh, the TV has been brought to life… movie time. “Blue Like Jazz”… wait a minute! I’ve heard of this title before! Wasn’t this a book?
The answer to your question is yes. “Blue Like Jazz” is based off Donald Miller’s book “Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality.” However, the movie focuses on a character named Don, played by Marshall Allman, who is raised in a southern Baptist community with his mother, but is abandoned by his father, “the hobo” who does not share his mother’s religious beliefs. As Don prepares to leave for a Christian college he discovers that his mother has been having an affair with a married man, but not just any married man, the youth pastor of the church. Confronted with this huge hypocrisy, Don drives to Portland Oregon to attend a questionable godless college. Once there Don abandons his beliefs and experiences the dilemma of life…is there a god?
Obviously this is a religious movie, but unlike some religious movies Christians are not painted to be these perfect all loving good doers. The hypocrisy that Don experiences from his youth pasture’s adultery with his mother and the collected stories of the characters in the movie reflect how imperfect religion can be and the serious questions it can raise. However the movie does have a resolution and perhaps a message. Unlike so many other Christian movies, “Blue Like Jazz” does not ask its viewers to ask forgiveness from God, but to ask forgiveness from each other. We are all human, we are not perfect, and a few bad apples cannot represent a whole bushel. Personally, I feel that despite our many different religious or non-religious views this is something that can resonate with everyone.
Gee golly… I’m looking around cautiously for the mob of protestors who may or may not agree with my review.