Dave Griffey at Daffey Thoughts looks at a review of Unplanned:
By Steven Greydanus. I’ve written before that I take Deacon Greydanus’s reviews with more than a grain of salt. When someone rates the epic masterpiece Lawrence of Arabia at an A-, compared to the cinematic dung-heap of celluloid excrement called Star Wars I: The Phantom Menace at a B-, I have all I need to know that I’m dealing with a critic of the millennial era.
Long and short, he seems to give Unplanned a thumbs up for its tech specs, and considers it a bit above most faith based movies. But he also seems to have a problem with faith based movies in general, especially because they often preach to the choir (memo: must look at his reviews of Hollywood topical films that clearly do the same thing to various Leftist gay rights, feminist, secular and other groups).
He also appears to wish more of the movie would have unpacked the seedy underbelly of the pro-life (or as he also calls it, the anti-abortion) movement. He’s pleased that there are several scenes depicting the worst elements of anti-abortionists. Nonetheless, it appears he would have preferred more.
He does mention the disturbing elements of Ms. Johnson’s testimony, though he also continually points out that they are from a post-conversion POV, and that apparently casts a shadow over what could have been a better approach. Perhaps. I’ve not seen it, I can’t say.
The thing that struck me is just how the review is one part ‘it shows abortion is bad’ and three parts ‘it doesn’t do enough to point out the flaws and evils of those who oppose it.’ This is one reason among a legion of them that orthodox Christianity is losing, dying and dwindling except in a few parts of the world where they don’t appear to take that approach.
Those who would somehow try to find common ground with a movement that has made it clear it hates the Faith and wants it destroyed are pissing into a tornado. Yet all they seem capable of doing is pointing at other believers and insisting ‘of course you hate Christians because, no doubt, all those other Christians over there just aren’t up to the proper standards.’
Go here to comment. Unplanned has now made 12 million on a film costing 6 million to make, a formidable accomplishment especially considering the media blackout of the film and the restrained, yes, that is the word, enthusiasm for the film from people who claim to be pro-life, but who spend a fair amount of energy criticizing the pro-life movement. Would that they spent this energy instead in helping to end the horror of abortion.