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City of Angels

Posted by verne on May 31, 2009, at 23:06:12

In reply to Re: Cinema Mush verne, posted by Jay_Bravest_Face on May 30, 2009, at 7:13:41


I tried to watch this film just five days ago and gave up about half way through. It's one of my daughter's favorites so I tried to stick it out.

I don't know how it ended so can't draw any conclusions but I gave up when the angel seemed to think being human, having senses, and living in the flesh, were preferable to being a celestial being.

I'm guessing that he traded in his eternal wings for human mortality, a common Hollywood, even American, theme, glorifying man and the world. I could see where it was going. He falls in love with a human and sacrifices all.

I may give this movie another chance since you're the second person in a week to say it was one of their favorites.

I think I gave up precisely when he said something about admiring humans' greatest gift from God: FREE WILL.

If you believe in God, there's no such thing. If you don't believe in God, there's no such thing. I've read many philosophers, like Henri Bergson, Wittgenstein, and others on the subject, finally agreeing with the philosophical lunatic fringe that free will doesn't exist.

Theologically, free will is a paradox, for some mathematicians it's clear cut. I don't support mechanical determinism or even espouse "God's Soverenity" but really do believe free will is impossible. I rarely waste time arguing it, or even thinking about it - I'm not married to the idea.

After the angel relishes tasting a pear and laments lack of free will, I had NO CHOICE but to turn it off.





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