Here is an assessment I will have to agree with, because it goes well with all the other progressive crap floating around out there..... I have seen Bushman in other pieces commenting on Joseph and his countenance is purely sour. His sneer when addressing the Prophet is palpable. I am embarrassed for the guy, really!
Yeah I saw it last week and was very disappointed. It pushes the liberal rewrite of our history that favors historically anti sources as more valid than what the prophets like Joseph actually said. It plants all sorts of little seeds of doubt about josephs character. For example they portray joseph as a petty two bit spiritual dictator giving all sorts of false prophecies here and there with a penchant for angry responses to those that disagreed with him and made it look like he gave revelations in the heat of anger to shut people up in the moment. Super bogus nonsense. I wanted to like the movie but over and over again it pushed an agenda to cast little seeds of doubt everywhere and it’s jumps around so much that you can hardly follow it unless you already have great familiarity with the history of these topics. I could only feel the spirit maybe three times when they recounted something accurately for a brief moment but the negative spiritual impact of these portrayals far outweighed any good. They also portrayed Joseph with a goofy awkward smile at insensitive times when others were in distress like he didn’t care. Again all very subtle ways to push a new progressive rewriting of our history.
The guys that wrote it (interpreter foundation) are heavily influenced by historians like Richard bushman that admitted he lost his testimony in college and never really got it back. He also said that he wanted to do everything he could to pull Joseph down off his pedestal. He wrote a book called “rough stone rolling” that has been responsible for leading many people I know out of the church. Not because it tells truths about joseph and church history but because he literally said he pretended to be like a psychoanalyst (which he has no formal training in) where he analyzed josephs and others motivations and thoughts and then painted or portrayed things the way he saw them occurring as if that was the truth. Problem it is isn’t and wasn’t. It’s hard enough to understand someone’s motivations and thoughts when they are standing right in front of you. Bushman pretended he could do it from over a hundred years ago accurately and then used his basically faithless views to downplay and suck the spirit out of every moment possible.
Bushman once said he lived as a Latter Day Saint because he liked it or was comfortable in it and thought it made him a decent guy. Leaving out any testimony of the gospels truthfulness of course because as he said, he lost that in college and never got it back.
Bushman was one of the Arrington influenced scholars that held onto and defended the forged Hoffman documents (even after Hoffman was known to have murdered to conceal his attempted anti validating documents into church history, and were being proven fakes years. They didn’t give up the Hoffman fakes until they were basically alone and looked stupid continuing to do so). Why? because they were written to give validity to historically anti claims and cheap accusations of Joseph and his family using magic and the occult. You can believe in bushman if you want, but I certainly don’t.
I went to see the movie because I didn’t know if it would be a good thing or a bad thing. I usually like to patronage lds themed stuff to help give it a market and encourage people to support the creation of good media in a sin sick world. But I will NOT be taking the rest of my family to it or encouraging others to see something that essentially is the culmination of everything Hoffman was trying to achieve in changing our history. - Dimitri