Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Movie Review: Amazing Grace

Barie and I had the opportunity to slip out of the house last night after the kids went to bed (Barie was feeling better!) to see a quick movie. It was a great time with my bride, getting a big bucket of popcorn at the theater close to our house and seeing the new movie Amazing Grace, about the life and work of William Wilberforce in ending the slave trade in England in the late 18th century. I have to thank Mom-Davis (my mother-in-law) for watching the kids last night so we could slip out to the show. Now on to the movie...

It was the best-written movie I've ever seen - I felt like some of the lines were a little forced - somewhat cliche or formulaic. But overall, the acting was passionate and well-done. And the story is absolutely amazing. Though he plays a very small part in the film, the John Newton character was very well done. You can feel the depth of his remorse for spending years of his life in the slave trade, and the depths of his conviction for how Christ had redeemed his terrible sin. The story mainly centers on the Wilberforce character, a member of parliament in the late 1700's in England who gives his life to ending the slave trade in the British empire. The movie does a good job showing how his work was a life-time effort, not a quick process - he was going up against an entrenched position that had serious financial power in the empire. It took him most of his adult life to see the rest of the English Parliament come around to his conviction of the evil nature of the slave trade. It is truly unbelievable, as I've said before in this blog, how a people could so overlook an evil like slavery while it took place under their leadership. I wonder what generations in the future will look back on with horror in our own generation - abortion, genocide in Darfur, extreme poverty - human killers that we failed to engage.

Overall - I highly recommend you go see the film - powerful part of history and significant example of how a committed Christ-follower can impact culture for the better.

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