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The rest of the crew does a fantastic job of bringing the world of 18th/19th Century Britain to life. "Amazing Grace" is an amazing film that shows how men of faith can truly help change the world. Amazing Grace, indeed!
While I strongly recommend that all Christians watch this movie, parents I'll warn you that the issue of slavery isn't easy to watch or understand at a young age -- I would recommend this movie to middle school students and older, but probably not elementary-aged students.
There are some wonderful resources that you can get to accompany this movie for family discussions and devotions. While most of the Wilberforce books are lengthy, but excellent, let me tell you about a few lesser-known gems. First, John Piper has a great little 76 page book titled Amazing Grace in the Life of William Wilberforce -- great read. This same material is actually found in another book by Piper that is simply outstanding -- it is the third book in a series by Piper to reintroduce our generation to some of the great saints of the faith -- Book Three is titled The Roots of Endurance and examines the lives of John Newton, Charles Simeon and William Wilberforce.Read more ›
The cinematography is beautiful and lush as well, rich with texture and very fine small touches. The colour is gorgeous. Some of the images will stay in my mind for some time! The score - which I purchased immediately after seeing the film the first time - is beautiful and organic.
Finally, the cast is absolutely perfect. Gruffudd as Wilberforce turns in a wonderful performance, portraying a man driven by his dream and hope for a better world. Benedict Cumberbatch, as yet unknown on this side of the pond, was particularly excellent and absolutely sublime as Wilberforce's best friend and PM William Pitt the Younger. His acting and carriage is quite impressive, and if he chooses his scripts wisely, he's likely to have a golden career. The beautiful Romola Garai plays the intrigued-by-Wilberforce and abolitionist Barbara Spooner; her character wanting to hear Wilberforce's story is our vehicle for hearing the backstory as well as encouraging Wilberforce to continue his work.Read more ›
I read a short biography of Wilberforce and I heard a talk on Newton. I can't claim any expertise on these men, but what little I know of them made me question the movie's historical accuracy. Newton had a congregation. He was not a hermit mopping up a church. He was a popular Anglican preacher. Finney did a great job in the part, but I don't think it represented Newton very well. Wouldn't a better charactorization have been a more historic portrayal of Newton who was a slave trader that became a slave of Christ by serving and preaching to all? Rather than a guilt-ridden old man?
I also wished the movie spent more time on Wilberforce's conversion and beliefs. Wilberforce was a thoughtful Christian who wrote books on what he believed. Wilberforce's stamina according to Wilberforce was his reformed faith. The movie just had him studying nature in a worshipful manner in his garden.
In summary, I liked the movie and I enjoyed it. The message needed to be told and it was told well. How England avoided a bloody civil war because of this issue and resolved the issues through a peaceful process was instructive. However, Wilberforce and Newton deserved to have a more accurate portrayal of their lives.
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Good history and better drama.
This film can be seen from several viewpoints -
1) English political history explaining how slavery was 'abolished' in the British... Read more
It's the second time this month I buy a movie with "dubbed: spanish" written on its features section in amazon. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Alejandro Igarabide
As a Christian and a history buff I absolutely love this movie. Ioan Gruffudd turns in a remarkable performance retelling a very passionate story of calling and grace and advocacy... Read morePublished 13 days ago by MissionaryDude0923
Love Loan Gruffudd, Incredible movie. So uplifting learning our faith filled history
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