My thoughts on "The Ledge"

I've been meaning to get around to seeing this movie for a very long time now, and finally noticed it on HBO OnDemand earlier today. If you have no idea what I'm talking about, "The Ledge" is a drama/thriller about a man standing on the ledge of a building, about to jump, and the story that lead him there.  It deals with the implications of fundamentalist faith and the main character's atheism.  Greta Christina wrote a great essay on it when it had just come out.

My feelings about it were mixed, and I'm not sure where to draw the lines between my personal discomfort and distaste.  I like that it's a serious, honest treatment of atheism that takes the main character, Gavin's, beliefs seriously and portrays them in a neutral/positive light.  (It's an overwhelmingly positive light compared to mainstream views of it.)

The characters largely respected Gavin's atheism, outside the main conflict with his fundamentalist neighbor.  And Gavin is portrayed as a genuinely flawed human being, but it's not all chalked up to his being godless.

But I'm not a huge fan of the genre, and I found myself consistently torn between my strong positive feelings for the treatments of the ideas in the movie and the cultural implications of them, and my general lack of interest in and distaste for the movie itself.

I don't want to spoil anything, but I did find the ending gratifying.

Talk to you tomorrow.