Reviewed by: Pamela Karpelenia
|• Young-Adults • Adults
|Sci-Fi Romance Comedy Drama
|1 hr. 44 min.
|Year of Release:
June 23, 2023 (wide release)
DVD: August 15, 2023
Nihilism (from Latin nihil meaning “nothing”) is a philosophy that rejects generally accepted or fundamental aspects of human existence, rejecting genuine moral truths or values, rejected the possibility of knowledge, and asserting the ultimate meaninglessness or purposelessness of life and of the universe.
What is the true meaning of life? “The chief end of man is to love God and enjoy Him forever.” Salvation of lost and sinful man is necessary to avoid eternal punishment and this salvation comes only by the regeneration by the Holy Spirit through truly believing in our Lord Jesus Christ, the sacrificial lamb of God.
Why is the world the way it is? If God is all-knowing, all-powerful, and loving, would He really create a world like this? (filled with oppression, suffering, death and cruelty) Answer
Discover God’s promise for all people—told beautifully and clearly from the beginning. Discover The HOPE! Watch it on Christian Answers—full-length motion picture.
Group of brainy teenagers
Nudity in movies—Why are humans supposed to wear clothes?
About astronomy in the Bible
What does the Bible say about intelligent life on other planets?
Are we alone in the universe?
Does Scripture refer to life in space?
Questions and answers about the origin of LIFE
Jason Schwartzman … Augie Steenbeck, a war photographer and father to Woodrow
Scarlett Johansson … Midge Campbell
Tom Hanks … Stanley Zak, Augie’s father-in-law
Jeffrey Wright … General Grif Gibson
Tilda Swinton … Dr. Hickenlooper
Bryan Cranston … The Host
Edward Norton … Conrad Earp, a legendary playwright
Adrien Brody … Schubert Green, a director
Liev Schreiber … J.J. Kellogg
Hope Davis … Sandy Borden
Rupert Friend … Montana, a singing cowboy interested in June
Maya Hawke … June Douglas, a teacher who is interested in Montana
Steve Carell … Motel Manager
Matt Dillon … Hank, a mechanic
Hong Chau … Polly Green
Willem Dafoe … Saltzburg Keitel, a revered acting teacher
Margot Robbie … a television actress
Jeff Goldblum … The Alien
Rita Wilson … Mrs. Weatherford
Fisher Stevens … Detective
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American Empirical Pictures
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|Focus Features, a subsidiary of Universal Pictures, a division of NBCUniversal/Comcast
“You can’t wake up, if you don’t fall asleep”
“Asteroid City,” opens as a showcase narrative of the film (Bryan Cranston), presented through the eyes of the writer (Edward Norton) and his creative process of producing a screenplay for film. Once you get past all of the arty prologue, a story emerges, set in 1955 in a peculiar city, with 5 exceptional teens and their quirky families attend the Junior Stargazer Convention held in this fictional American desert town, called Asteroid City.
This cast of quirky characters include a recent widower and war photographer Augie (Jason Schwartzman), his son Woodrow (Jake Ryan), a movie star Midge Campbell (Scarlett Johansson), and daughter Dinah (Grace Edwards). Other actors include Steve Carell, Tom Hanks, Tilda Swinton, Jeffrey Wright, and Adrien Brody. This cast of offbeat characters experience an out of this world encounter with an alien that sets the stage for this unconventional film.
The plot/tone of this movie is uniquely Wes Anderson. Bright cinematography and awkward paced dialog with long quizzical stares with casual nihilism as a back drop. With a PG-13 rating, the film pushes the envelope with brief full frontal female nudity, a homosexual kiss (2 men), smoking, and drinking. There are also 3 little girls that claim to be witches and perform a spell with ashes. This is played as causal childish amusement.
As for the Biblical meaning derived from this film. The protagonist is an atheist, and his children are Episcopalian and witches. The protagonist son says nonchalantly by the end of the film that he no longer believes in God. This film unknowingly shows how the world is in the depths of spiritual apathy and darkness despite its bright dreamscape. We as Christians are called to be a light in the darkness and spread the good news and the gospel of Jesus Christ.
How can we know there’s a God? Answer
What if the cosmos is all that there is? Answer
Overall the film, while unique, is overtly pretentious and comes off as trite, with a dogmatic chant. Even if you enjoy Wes Anderson’s style of filmmaking, this one will likely push your patience.
See list of Relevant Issues—questions-and-answers.