Tuesday, June 10, 2008

"Amazing Grace" - How Good the Movie

I just got done watching the DVD "Amazing Grace," a historical drama about William Wilberforce's work to rid England of the slave trade. Called "Amazing Grace" because Wilberforce's anti-slavery journey began by being influenced by John Newton, the slave trader turned minister who wrote the song "Amazing Grace" in celebration of his salvation.

If you are looking for a good movie, this one fits the bill. If you have mature kids - young teens on up - you might want to share it with them too. In fact, if it weren't for the fact that rape is mentioned and restraints for that purpose were quickly shown, I would have liked my 12 year old son to see this movie. There is nothing gratuitous to the story and it definitely has heartwarming moments - yet it is decidedly not a chick flick. Just a good movie.

One of the reasons I'm hoping to show this movie to my son when he is a touch older is that it did very well portraying the tenacity needed to accomplish things sometimes. Knowing that slavery was a vile wrong, William Wilberforce spent years championing the abolition issue. It put me of a mind of the fact that we shouldn't lose hope when fighting to overturn Roe v. Wade. Hearts and minds can be changed - it just may take time.

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