“Hawaii” intrigues me. I read Michener’s “Tales of the South Pacific” and really liked it. I started reading another of his books, “Centennial,” and it started with a concocted, ham-fisted story about dinosaurs. I left it after about 15 pages.
The 1966 movie isn’t rated all that well (6.6). I guess my expectations would be very low. Reviews suggest that Julie Andrews is good but Max von Sydow as her bible-thumping missionary husband is a bit one-dimensional and uninteresting.
One reviewer writes:
"hawaii" accurately describes the decimation of islands' tribal system by the onslaught of forced christianity.
if you're "offended as a christian" at this movie, you might want to question the virtues of selling or otherwise pushing a mythology on a society that's already had one for ages.
Skimming over the fact that many of these tribal cultures were in need of saving, you see an example of the thorough indoctrination that has been done to The Smart People. They now arguably believe a dogma far more expansive and intrusive than Christianity could ever think of being (Leftism) but it’s always the other guy who’s fallen for his religion and needs to stifle it.
When you see child sacrifice, squalid conditions, a lack of an kind of justice, and just ignorance round and round (whether in Hawaii or elsewhere), I think instead of blaming the Christian missionaries for trying the help we ought to thank them. You can re-define squalid as “true to their culture,” but squalid is still squalid, no matter how much we want to normalize squalid because we think we are being “sensitive.”
Let’s assume this reviewer is a staunch conservative, because he or she also writes:
but one of the main points, especially with the character hale, is that people should have better priorities about themselves, such as mastering and resolving their own lives, sooner than worrying over, or assuming responsiblity for other people's dogmatic inclinations.
If you mean that AOC and other evil socialist cranks ought to first resolve their own phobias and psychoses before venturing out into the world, I quite agree.
It's ironic, because normal and descent people in America find themselves to be the native Hawaiians to whom this next quote by the same reviewer fits:
yes, this story states point blank that christian missionaries did their best to destroy hawaii's native beliefs, traditions, et cetera; and yes, it happened. it's also an accurate history-based depiction of events neither any of you nor i are held responsible.
That is exactly what the Left is doing. They are doing their utmost to destroy our traditions and beliefs. If, however, this reviewer is aware of this and sides with me, then hallelujah. But I severely doubt it.