-by Jared Adamson-
I’m just going to say it: I didn’t like The Lion King movie. Go ahead and judge me. You’re not the first and certainly not the last. I’m not a big fan of Elton John’s music and I think Hamlet was better in its original format (thanks to Mr. Shakespeare). And guess what! I didn’t like the stage musical of it either!
Here’s my point: I don’t have to like art to appreciate it.
I can see the popular appeal of the movie and stage musical. My kids love the movie and I’ve spent hours watching it with them (technically, they don’t even know that I don’t like the movie). If my local community theater were ever to get the rights to produce the show, I’d likely audition because people I love, love this show. In fact, I once auditioned for national tour of the production (my life would have taken a very different course!).
- I think it’s a lovely, visually appealing film. The quality of the art direction is top notch.
- I think many, if not all, of the performances, both musically and acting, are well delivered.
- I think every component from the visionary team to the production team to the marketing team were likely the best in their field.
I just didn’t like the movie.
- But I can still appreciate it.
- I can still see the value in it.
- I can still see the quality in it.
- You can still disagree with me about it and I’ll respect you and your opinion.
I believe that a greater gift of art is not just things we like, but what we learn about ourselves along the journey of art appreciation. And that’s something even Facebook could give a big blue thumb up.
Jared Adamson 9/18/2007
Jared Adamson is the Minister of Worship and Creative Arts at Centerville Christian Church in Centerville, IN. Studying voice, composition, organ and improv, he has a Bachelor of Music in Church Music with a double major in Bible and piano from Cincinnati Christian University where he later served as an adjunct professor in the music and worship department.