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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding!!! Good Can Come Out of Difficulties, April 9, 2011
This review is from: Soul Surfer (DVD)
I just went this afternoon to the matinee, and wow what a good movie!! A main theme of the movie is that good can come out of bad. Also, it shows how we can help others through our personal tragedies and that life is not over when bad things happen to us. There is a plan for everything. I was very impressed with all the acting, special effects and the family friendly tone. There are zilcho swears. Even in the characters' darkest moments, there are no typical overused omg's or anything that would indicate they were angry at God or anyone else. They don't shy away from Christian references but present it accurately, the way the family and Bethany responded in the situation. I was impressed that the faith message that was natural, but not preachy. Also, the Bible verse quoted was from Jeremiah 29:11 and really if you were of another faith you wouldn't be offended by it I don't think. In the credits they show interviews with the real Bethany and she mentions Jesus there. However, that's who she is! Some of the critics have said oh she was too calm or sweet...but I didn't see it this way at all. In fact, in real life, it was her calmness that helped save her life!! She wasn't screaming but was in shock as well I think. I think she is just a very calm person. Later it showed how hard it was for her to deal with the loss of her limb from a functional standpoint and emotionally such as when she worried about not being attractive to boys. All the relationships and reactions were very typical of real people...nothing forced at all. It is clear how good the relationships are between the parents and among the siblings but they interact and argue like NORMAL people. Bethany has said in real life interviews that she and her competitors weren't that catty with each other, like with the antagonist they created for the movie. However, her response to the girl is very good which shows young people that being nice to someone gets you a whole lot further and can change the person. It also showed how she dealt with her celebrity status and how that was a real challenge. The other part critics say isn't realistic is about her artificial arm...but it's very common for amputees to reject a prosthesis when it's for their upper limb. Tony Melendez (singer and plays 12-string guitar with his feet) did the same thing and he found he could function more easily without the prosthesis. There are some beautiful shots of Hawaii and the underwater/wave effects were just breathtaking. I definitely recommend this movie and am looking forward to having the blu-ray/dvd!
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Initial post: Apr 10, 2011 6:14:22 PM PDT
2EZWay says:
This was a very accurate review and I totally agree!! Having seen the movie this afternoon, I will certainly look forward to owning it so I can watch it and cry several more times! Even my husband had tears and he is a big strong man who never cries at movies. It really touched "home" with how real the events played out and the relationships both with Bethany's parents, with her brothers, and with her youth group leader, Sarah. Funny how God allows things to happen to accomplish HIS PURPOSE in our lives. Amazing story! I loved how it touched my family! What an amazing strong young woman Bethany is!!

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 23, 2011 8:24:35 PM PDT
KittyKins says:
Thanks so much! :) Well, not much longer! The dvd release date is Aug. 2nd!

Posted on Nov 9, 2011 4:40:23 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 9, 2011 2:05:36 PM PST
Buck Field says:

While some people of other faiths may not be offended, most of us realize that magic powers are as imaginary as the supernatural beings that wield them. Can you be mad at Zeus, Plutus, or the approximately 10,000 other gods you don't believe in?

Training people to ignore fact and reason is bad enough, but after a youngster is capable of distinguishing reality from fantasy and expresses an interest in learning the truth of things, dressing up belief in superstitions, and calling that belief "virtue" amounts to child abuse. Mostly this is unthinking ignorance, but when the adult knows better: it is depraved, regardless of claims to noble intent.

It's difficult to people in the real world to dismiss as coincidence facts such as clergy consistently ranking #1 in the list of occupations for convicted child molesters, steadily, for as long as data has been tracked. Nor does the correlation of god-belief used in support for Nazi, Al Qaeda, and others' justification of atrocities seem insignificant.

I thought this would be an enjoyably fun surfing movie, but instead: religious pandering which turns the stomach of those struggling to educate young adults in critical thinking and science, and alert them to the dangers of "magical thinking". Fortunately, Bethany's parents took her to a real hospital rather than a faith healer, despite the film's repetition of "with faith, anything is possible". Others were not so lucky.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 30, 2012 3:32:04 PM PDT
KittyKins says:
I think this film was presenting Bethany's experience in a way that was similiar to her true response/experience. If you read the book, you'll see that they left out the part when a paramedic whispered to her that God would never leave her. I don't feel it was meant to be preachy. I understand that many people may not feel the same way, but I also ask that people not discount the experience of genuine faith either. There is no way to prove God is not real (and one God too btw, lol). If you are interested, I would recommend reading the book of John in the Bible to find out who Jesus really is. Talk to people about their experiences and do not discount them as meaningless. Thanks.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 30, 2012 4:04:11 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 30, 2012 4:24:01 PM PDT
Buck Field says:
...Wow, I got voted down as unhelpful while I was still editing! LOL!

Hi KittyKins,

>I don't feel it was meant to be preachy.

I agree, it wasn't intended to...but in a way, it somewhat makes my point: faith deliberately blinds people to problems which, in other areas of their life, would be so obvious and risky that people would never accept them.

>I...ask...people not discount...genuine faith

If there is some reasonable way to distinguish genuine faith from delusion, millions would like to know.

>do not discount them as meaningless

I assure you, I take these ideologies very seriously.

I'm very concerned by people believing that they have supernatural access to an infallible source of truth who is on their side. This is an incredibly dangerous worldview. The Nazi's preached it similarly to the Taliban, and most distressing: our troops are all to often indoctrinated similarly by leaders which you probably would probably regard having genuine faith as well: in their god, holy books, and the fundamental goodness of their cause.

This is a problem because it makes them willing to do evil (even mass murder) in the belief it is necessary to defend ultimate goodness. Surely you understand my concern, yes?

Posted on Aug 11, 2012 8:27:01 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 11, 2012 8:31:03 AM PDT
Notice how good reviews (informed, informative and a joy to read) tend to elicit good (thoughtful, reflective) comments? Case in point: Buck Field and 2EZway's replies (above). Nice to see as well this remains, deservedly, top of the "spotlight" with over 100 "helpfuls." (Dontcha love it when that happens?)

Keep writing, KittyKins.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 24, 2012 10:18:30 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 24, 2012 10:18:48 PM PDT
KittyKins says:
Thanks. Wow, I didn't realize how many positive votes I had. Thanks for pointing that out!

Posted on Apr 26, 2013 5:21:36 AM PDT
I' am not of the faith, but I really loved the movie and loved your review, great job!

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 26, 2013 7:05:00 PM PDT
KittyKins says:
Thank you Summer.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 19, 2013 1:03:24 PM PDT
Atuhk says:
Mark Blackburn, in response to your post, re: the popularity of opinions and whether they are "good" or not, I direct you to the words of Bertrand Russell:

"The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd; indeed in view of the silliness of the majority of mankind, a widespread belief is more likely to be foolish than sensible."

[Dontcha' know?]
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