Movie Review: There Be Dragons

 

Last night I watched a move that began with one of my favorite quotes from the Irish playwright, Oscar Wilde. "Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future." At any given point in time, only God knows which will be judged the saint,and which the sinner. There Be Dragons had been highly recommended by reviews from The Catholic News Service and the Pilot. I love learning about the saints and how people with different personalities from diverse times, countries and social classes all find the path to following our Lord in their own unique ways.

I learned a lot from the story of Jose Maria Escriva, the founder of Opus Dei, set against the background of the Spanish Civil War. His story is told through the eyes of a young man, a Spanish reporter asked to write a biography of the saint. This young man is the son of Jose Maria's childhood friend, Manolo. These friends grow up together and enter the seminary. Manolo leaves the seminary, and their paths diverge.

Over the decades that follow both men make choices that have consequences. As Jose Maria draws closer to God, Manolo grows further away. Each man must make life changing decisions. Jose Maria sees his options clearly and each choice brings him closer to God. Manolo's choices grow more difficult. As he grows further away from God, his options often lead him into a dead end, where he can select only from evil or more evil. Throughout their lives, Jose Maria keeps up a one-sided correspondence with Manolo, documenting his spiritual growth. In the end, these letters are Manolo's life line to God and to his faith.

There Be Dragons, directed by Roland Joffe (The Killing Fields, The Mission, City of Joy) stars Charlie Cox, West Bentley and Dougray Scott. It is available at the Saugus Public Library.

Kathy Sullivan

Kathy is a parishioner at St. Margaret's.

 

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