Well, perhaps—but perhaps you are being a bit hasty. A big plus is that the film disclosed the existence of the Jesuit reductions in South America to the overwhelming majority of those who saw it. Furthermore, the positive presentation of the reductions was, by conventional filmmaking standards, a stupefying surprise. Nice scenery, too, as I recall.
Q. Is the film one of the few in existence to significantly edify and enrich the viewer?
A. No; of course not.
Q. Is watching it a better way to spend two hours than staring blankly at a wall?
For some, the first answer will suffice to tell them that seeing the film is a waste of time. The second answer alone, however, elevates The Mission
above 90 percent of the films I myself have seen in my entire life.