Yesterday I had a long post typed out about the new movie Amazing Grace, which opened yesterday. But then my session timed out or something and I lost it all before I could post it. One day I am going to learn to do these things in Wordpad and save it as I go.
Although I can’t duplicate the post I lost with all its links and analysis, I will say that my son and I went to see Amazing Grace last night, and it was an awesome movie. Go see it, it is fantastic! I read one reviewer who said he was disappointed in the film for some reason, so I went looking for something to be disappointed about, and I couldn’t find anything.
The movie is properly the story of William Wilberforce’s struggle to abolish slavery in England, in which he persisted for decades until his health was broken. In a way the movie contains a subtle message to us today, to not give up in our fight against abortion, no matter the obstacles, until every God- given life enjoys the legal protection of the right to life. John Newton, a former slave ship captain turned born- again Christian, and author of the hymn “Amazing Grace,” is featured in several important scenes in the movie.
I did a little digging and found some more links:
Patricia Heaton, one of the producers of the movie, has some info on the movie’s journey to the screen at her blog. (You knew that the former Everybody Loves Raymond star is a Christian and an outspoken opponent of abortion, right?).
Interview with Amazing Grace director Michael Apted – Christian Spotlight on the Movies
Chuck Colson’s Breakpoint commentary on William Wilberforce
Breakpoint’s review of the movie
Gene Edward Veith says at his blog that Amazing Grace is “reportedly filled with explicit Christianity, which is worse than explicit [s-x] in some circles.” He is right, the movie is filled with explicit Christianity. As far as it being considered worse than explicit [s-x], I wonder if that is why we had to drive to a theater 25 miles away in order to see it, as none of our local theaters were showing it. I hope the movie makes a boatload of money and the horror, violent, gory junk that the local theaters opt to feature instead flops.
If I can find the links I had last night, and others, to movie reviews and more info about the movie, I will keep adding them to this post throughout the weekend.