Arts & Faith has put out another top 25 list, this time “Top 25 Road Films.” What do these films have in common? Darren Hughes explains:
The “on the road” theme has such staying power, in part, because there is a shared ethic at work in these stories. Some people, including a majority of A&F voters, would argue it’s a God-breathed and essential ethic—that each of these stories reflects a fundamental desire for spiritual improvement or progress toward sanctification or, more simply, a moment of epiphany or grace. (Not by coincidence, American evangelicals have taken to calling their lives “walks with God.”)
As habitual storytellers, we humans have transformed this ethic into countless odysseys, coming-of age tales, and allegorical paths towards enlightenment. Hollywood has celebrated the “freedom of the open road” and the glory of a trial by fire. Ultimately, road movies offer us a brief glimpse of potential alternatives to the soul-sickening “everdayness” of our lives.