My answer to the OP is $$, or rather, lack of it. I think that’s the main reason any film is awful. It takes big bucks to make a good film, and Christians generally don’t feel comfortable investing big bucks in a movie when there are so many starving people in this world.
Another thought–I believe that the entertainment industry has a severe shortage of devoted Christians.
Think about it–a child is interested in theater and the performing arts, and the loving parents are fine with that as long as it means getting involved with local children’s theater groups, church pageants, school plays and musicals, community theater, local film festival or local classes in movie-making, etc.–AS A HOBBY.
But when the teenager tells his/her parents, “I think I would like to major in theater, or cinema, or screenplay writing, or directing, etc.–in college.”—whooooooaaa, nellie!!
Many parents, I believe, strongly discourage their children from a career in the entertainment field, and with good reason. Unless a family is a “show biz family,” and is familiar with how to actually make a living at it, most parents are terrified (and justifiably so) that their child will end up living in a car, or in a flophouse full of method actors, waiting on tables or tending bar (or worse), and constantly writing home for money just to survive. And of course, no insurance.
IF we want to see better movies and theater with a God-centered POV, then IMO, Christians must seek to infiltrate and eventually dominate the entertainment industry.
And that means Mama letting her babies grow up to be actors, or directors, or screenplay writers, or stage managers, or tech theater pros–etc.
I’m not just talking here. Our daughter was interested in theater from the time she was 2, and announced that she wanted to be a missionary dancer when she grew up. When you think about it, that’s the mentality that’s needed–Christians who are not only entertainment professionals, but who understand Jesus’s words that we should seek to be salt and light.
She never wanted to be anything else but involved with theater. So we encouraged her to major in it in college. She has never been without work in nearly ten years. She will be never be rich, but she makes enough for a comfortable, if rather spartan way of life. She’s a stage manager, and loves the actual production work of theater.
And she is a Christian and she has learned how to be a Christian in a very non-Christian environment, the theater world. She’s very tactful and subtle, and provides a good strong but loving witness to Christ to actors, directors, and other theater professionals, without looking or sounding like a fanatic.
Just a week ago, she had a conversation with the director that she’s currently working with about the HHS mandate. He was extremely curious about her conversion from Protestantism to Catholicism, and she told him, “That’s a long story that’s best told over coffee or drinks, not here while we’re working.” And he said that he will take her on that.
Subtle and polite, but not compromising. And I’m sure the director will take her up on it.
Several summers ago, she was an intern at one of the prestigious repertory theaters in the United States. She and her assistant stage manager were both Christians, and they always prayed before shows. The actors learned about this and were extremely touched that someone was praying for them. Again, no big showdown, no evangelical tent preaching–but a definite quiet and loving witness to the love of Jesus.
So that’s my second answer to the OP–we need more Christians working in the industry.