I have mixed feelings about this.
The movie is getting some good endorsements:
Jim Forest says of the screenplay: "I found it very gripping - read it in one bite."
Richard Rohr says: "Thomas Merton is serving history as a 'Prime Attractor'. He excites, challenges, and educates the hardest of hearts and most rigid of minds from so many different spheres of life. He seduces people into a future where there is room and compassion for so much more. You can jump into that future through this fully entertaining but profoundly true account of his life."
Cathleen Falsani (Orange County Register Religion columnist) says: "'The Divine Comedy captures the delicious dichotomy of Thomas Merton - a thoroughly modern mystic who toiled in realms both profane and sacred."
What disturbs me is the hype. Thomas Merton, the man who wanted to disappear, is now a movie star.
And then there is the lead in to their Facebook page:
In 1966, world famous monk Thomas Merton falls in love with a nursing student half his age, plunging him into the most agonizing predicament of his life.
In the summer of 1966, world famous monk and peace activist Thomas Merton falls in love with a nursing student half his age, plunging him into the most agonizing predicament of his life. As he endeavors to prevent his secret romance from being discovered by his abbot, James Fox, Merton is brought to the brink of despair, realizing he must finally choose between serving himself or serving the world.
Maybe I'm just a grump today.