Amazing Grace | ★★★★★★★★★☆

2/27 Update: Ann and I went to see AG after church on Sunday with some good friends and we were really glad that we did. The story is a great one, the acting is good, the cinematography is wonderful and overall it was a great movie watching experience. I think that it was in the genre of Chariots of Fire where faith was the heart of the movie but not the focus of it.

Wilberforce, the main character, struggles early in the movie about his role in life - whether his calling is to the church or to the nation ... the scene is a great one ... his struggle is heartfelt ... it is one that will be inpspiring to many who pursue ministry in corporate and political life. I liked that he struggled, wanted to give up and found a way to persevere.

Some may not like the portrayal of faith playing such an important role in important matters like abolition and civil rights. For those who see faith as an integral part of such matters the movie will be a very refreshing and encouraging experience. On a scale of 10 I give this movie ★★★★★★★★★☆

2/18 Update: Our friend Tracy emailed me and said:
I have been able to preview "Amazing Grace" and I was off-the-scale impressed. It is about the life of William Wilberforce and his tenacity in seeking to abolish the slave trade out of Africa. His eventual win in Parliament was 200 years ago this month. This is a huge piece of African American history, and an empowering example of someone being salt & light in the midst of unjust cultural norms.
2/18: I just saw the trailer for this movie and got excited to see it when it hits Kansas. It debuts in theaters this week on the 23rd. The movie is about William Wilberforce and his struggles in the Parliament in 18th century England to end slavery in the empire. John Newton, one-time slave trader and author of the song, Amazing Grace, is worked into the story as a friend of Wilberforce. I am excited to see this one.

When you see it please let me know how you liked it.

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  1. Thanks for posting the trailer; it looks like a remarkable movie. I look forward to discussing it after I see it as well.

  2. My wife and I will definitely see this when it comes out... maybe even opening weekend! I'll check back in after we do and probably blog about it over at my place. :o)

  3. WOW! What a powerful trailer.

    Seeing this is on my list of things to do really soon!

    Thanks, KB.

  4. I came back to see your review; glad to hear that it lived up to the expectations that I've already set for it. Hoping to see it soon.


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