Is God Made Man a religious film?
Yes and No.
What do you mean?
Is GMM a movie about faith and Jesus that should be watched in church groups? No. But it does deal with the belief in a higher power and how it differs between the three main characters.
If you dig deep and read into the symbolism of the three main characters, it breaks down like this:
The three main characters, Rhett, Doyle and Ted each represent one of the three states of being of the spirit or soul as believed by many religions: Heaven, Purgatory and Hell. Rhett represents the Heaven characteristic in that he is trying to better his life and make a change to be good. Doyle represents Purgatory in that he wants to make it to Heaven and is trying to make right choices but may be stuck there forever inbetween Heaven and Hell. And finally, Ted represents Hell. He has made his choices and lives an evil life. He’s not a caricature of a villain though but he is still pretty bad.
There are also supporting characters that can either be “angels” or “demons” and either help or hinder our leads. Sometimes they may initially seem to be a demon but then actually turn out to be an angel and are someone helpful but also visa versa, they can start “good” but actually be evil.
But you can also look at it another way: that these three leads are stuck in Purgatory. Each of them are trying to do good but they are stuck in an evil city and between “Heaven” (a better life) and “Hell” (a worse life, death, pain).
The title, “God Made Man” refers to the religious belief that an almighty being, a God has created man (and woman) in his image. Our film takes three very disparate and lonely individuals who all have various connections to a higher power. And throughout the film they question the notion that man was created in the image of a higher power. For instance, Rhett is a transgender female-to-male: so if God made man in His image but a transgender person changes their identity, have they then created themselves? Doyle, our gay drag queen, is Catholic and has to deal with the repercussions of living in a society and faith that often condemns the life choices of the LGBTQIA+ community. He too questions his existence and the fact that he only feels “normal,” or like his true self when he dresses in drag and performs. And finally Ted, the corrupt lawyer, is consumed by anger and pain and lives a conflicted life as a seemingly devout Christian man but in actuality he deals in many illegal transgressions. He questions, if God made man, how could he make men do such horrendous acts.
Is God Made Man a family friendly film?
No, absolutely not. GMM is for mature audiences and deals with some serious and sometimes disturbing subject matter.
Do you have to be religious to understand and/or like God Made Man?
Not at all. Regardless of your belief system, religious, not religious, atheist, agnostic, or undecided you can still enjoy GMM. The religious aspect really is just a backdrop. It’s more about these tortured characters trying to feel accepted and find peace.
Our crew and cast were made up of all types of people with all types of belief systems. We respect and admire everyone to believe or not believe how they choose. Even though our characters deal with thoughts of a higher power we never judge anyone or put these characters or situations above anyone else.
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