I’ll post my thoughts on being a small part of the process it took for Blue Like Jazz to become a movie later. For now here is just a little of what I thought about the movie.
Blue Like Jazz finds a way to talk about spirituality in a relevant way to our culture. This is big. It isn’t preachy, cheesy, and it doesn’t judge. It is witty, intellectual, and offers, what I think is, a sincere look at faith and what it looks like. It follows a college freshmen’s existential struggle through life as he explores what Christianity is, what it means to others, and what it means to him. While some movies try to explain life’s hardships, Jazz stands out because it offers the idea that maybe life is messy because life is messy and we can’t simply pray or follow 4 easy steps to make the conflict of life go away. With a great deal of influence from his new found friends, consisting of a lesbian, civil disobeyer, and the college pope, Don begins to piece together what life is all about and where his faith belongs(if at all). Something as miraculous as life and the human experience deserves to be struggled with and tried first hand. There is no easy right or terribly wrong answer and Jazz doesn’t try to give you one since that is something you need to find for yourself. Very few movies are brave enough to bring up spiritual struggles like this in a well balanced discussion that believers and nonbelievers can both enjoy.
The difference between Blue Like Jazz and other Christian-genre films is Jazz never turns you away for not believing or acting a certain way, but instead apologizes if you were ever turned away in the first place and offers to take you out for a drink.
It isn’t the best film of the decade, or even the year. But it gets across what so many other movies have failed to in an entertaining and worthwhile way–Christianity can be(and is!) relevant in our culture.
Go see it! If you don’t like it at all I will pay you back.
Kevin Wilkinson : Associate Producer