At The Movies: GOOD vs. EVIL

Scott Woller

In This Series We Are Using Movie Clips As Jumping Off Points To Dialogue

What do the top ten movie themes tell us about community, culture, faith and church?


Good vs. Evil

It’s the ultimate throw-down, twelve rounds of lethality between heroes and villains brawling it out on the sands of the Colosseum. It’s the struggle that underlines comics, books, films, and even culture. There is the good: courage, freedom, loyalty, and honor. And there is the bad: cowardice, imprisonment, selfishness, and betrayal. Almost all of the aforementioned themes can find themselves a comfy little spot under the Good vs. Evil umbrella (Man vs. Himself, Triumph Over Adversity, The Battle and Revenge). Films that explore the battle between Good vs. Evil, however, can range from children’s animation (Fantasia) to fantasy films (The Chronicles of Narnia), to classic action flicks (James Bond). This theme tends to be especially prevalent in film series (Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter). While good almost always triumphs over evil, it can be fascinating when evil prevails (Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back)... even if it is only temporary. No doubt, Good vs. Evil is a celebrated theme within movies as it represents the ultimate showdown of polar opposites.