Monday, December 17, 2007

Blue Like Jazz THE MOVIE

Just read an update on Don Miller's BLJ the movie. Two things I found interesting:

1. Only one scene from the book is in the movie -

Q: How are you going to take a book of essays and turn it into a movie?

A: Not easily, and yet somehow it seems to be working. There is only one scene in the movie that is in the book, and yet as we have tested the screenplay, people have expressed how much the movie does reflect the book. And so I think we have managed to capture some of the major characters and themes, but have turned those ideas into a narrative.

2. The Plot -

Q: What would you say the movie is about?
A: It’s about a kid who learns to not be ashamed of whom he is. In the beginning, he is ashamed of his faith. He feels that faith is socially and intellectually inferior so he wrestles with loving his community while still not wanting to be a part. When he goes off to Reed, he finds escape from that, but through a relationship with Penny, has to confront the reality that faith is larger and more encompassing than he had judged. And he has to face the fact that he is a poser and is as judgmental as those he would consider to be his enemies. And the story goes on from there.

You can read the whole interview here


cool dad said...

Cool Mum has read the book, but I haven't yet. I should to see what the fuss is about. I haven't read much nonfiction. Is that what this is?

Justmatt said...

It is not non-fiction. It is basically how Don Miller came to faith. It is one of the best books I have ever read. You will get 10 cool points when you finish.