A lot of video essays come my way and frankly many of them are not very good. This one is as it does a nice job delving into the psychological and existential journey of the Protagonist in the outstanding movie Michael Clayton.
Two things. First, you can watch this movie, written and directed by Tony Gilroy, each day for a month and learn something of value relative to the craft of storytelling. Second, this analysis is a good reminder that many movies have key themes and dynamics which have theological roots. In Michael Clayton, the Protagonist’s journey is one grounded in the need for redemption. As storytellers, we can use religious themes and use them as metaphors to tap into universal human experiences.
For my series on The Theology of Screenwriting, go here.
For more about the video, go here.