Is there something in us that wants belief or imagination to “win out” over rationality?
I was just musing the other day about how many movies I’ve seen where some kind of faith is contrasted with (or even pitted against) something more scientific and “rational,” and how the faith part usually comes out on top (though rarely in the form of an actual religion).
There are plenty of cute, non-religious Christmas movies that are all about “believing,” and the more rational characters tend to be the villains (The Santa Clause, The Polar Express, etc.), but even more “sciency” movies surprise me sometimes, such as Interstellar, where Anne Hathaway’s character appears to choose love over correct data (“Love is the one thing we’re capable of perceiving that transcends dimensions of time and space. Maybe we should trust that, even if we can’t understand it.”).
I also think of The King’s Speech, where the medical doctors’ techniques failed miserably, and the king was only helped by someone who later confesses to not being an actual doctor (“There are no letters after my name.”)
I’m sure there are other examples I can’t think of at the moment. Even in the original Jurassic Park, Ian Malcolm’s statement “Life… finds a way” sounds more metaphysical than purely scientific, though perhaps I’m painting too black-and-white of a picture here, as imagination can fuel scientific discovery.
Anyway, have others noticed this in movies you’ve seen, and if so what do you make of it? Is it because we live in a science-driven world and just love underdog stories?