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Praised as "powerful" by Chuck Colson and "amazing" by Lee Strobel, this modern adaptation of John Bunyan's classic is a film you won't want to miss! Follow Christian in his allegorical journey from the City of Destruction to the gates of heaven and be encouraged in your own walk with the King of kings. 105 minutes. Closed-captioned.
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First: I got it to watch with my family as some suggested and the kids were a little scared of the demonic and alien looking creatures here and there through the first part of the movie (I do not know about the last part because we did not finish it but shut it off... my suggestion, watch Polycarp Destroyer of Gods instead which will give kids a good idea of Christian struggles and persecution -to some degree- and will not give them demonic nightmares).
Second: It was very hard to follow and get the points (I already knew of the story so I got the idea but the kids were completely lost, and trying to explain every few seconds was not working out very well, maybe they are too young yet to understand allegory).
Third: The modernization of the characters and apparel took away from the story to a degree however that is overlookable if the first two points were not a problem.
Fourth: I do not pick on the acting in movies because it is not a big deal to me if the story is written well and easy to follow.
This movie though had poor acting I will say for those who are into good vs. poor acting and it did take away from the feeling that should have been present in the movie due to Christian's struggles.
Overall I did not like the movie but like I said I did not finish it but threw it away.
I have decided though it is best to forget movies all together (where they are typically time eaters and do not help one keep vigilant if watched for entertainment purposes) and instead make your family time Bible reading, praying and studying time and don't compromise the gospel message, all who seek to live Godly WILL be persecuted it says and those who seek to keep their life in this world will lose it but those who lose their life in this world for Christ's sake and the gospel truly will find it or keep it eternally. Following Christ is not about getting in other peoples faces either as a troublesome meddler who has no true love for who they preach to and puffing themselves up like they have never or have no need to be forgiven by God in His mercy. Obey His commands or in other words repent of your sins and trust in Christ for salvation and forgiveness and follow Him obediently continuing to confess your sins to the end (repentance of sins is pointed to in the law of ten commandmentand the new but old command of "love" as John calls it is the fulfillment of the law but not cerimonials just the ten) and keep His testimony and endure faithfully to the end even unto death and you will be saved it says. Don't be fooled by the MODERN false gospel message that says "once saved always saved" because that is to put your faith in your experience and a point in time instead of in Christ and His words that teach you obedience. Even Ezekiel 18:21-24 speaks of this, "21But if the wicked will turn from all his sins that he hath committed, and keep all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die. 22All his transgressions that he hath committed, they shall not be mentioned unto him: in his righteousness that he hath done he shall live. 23Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord GOD: and not that he should return from his ways, and live?
24But when the righteous turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and doeth according to all the abominations that the wicked man doeth, shall he live? All his righteousness that he hath done shall not be mentioned: in his trespass that he hath trespassed, and in his sin that he hath sinned, in them shall he die."
and Ezekiel 18:4-19, "4Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.
5But if a man be just, and do that which is lawful and right, 6And hath not eaten upon the mountains, neither hath lifted up his eyes to the idols of the house of Israel, neither hath defiled his neighbour's wife, neither hath come near to a menstruous woman, 7And hath not oppressed any, but hath restored to the debtor his pledge, hath spoiled none by violence, hath given his bread to the hungry, and hath covered the naked with a garment; 8He that hath not given forth upon usury, neither hath taken any increase, that hath withdrawn his hand from iniquity, hath executed true judgment between man and man, 9Hath walked in my statutes, and hath kept my judgments, to deal truly; he is just, he shall surely live, saith the Lord GOD.
10If he beget a son that is a robber, a shedder of blood, and that doeth the like to any one of these things, 11And that doeth not any of those duties, but even hath eaten upon the mountains, and defiled his neighbour's wife, 12Hath oppressed the poor and needy, hath spoiled by violence, hath not restored the pledge, and hath lifted up his eyes to the idols, hath committed abomination, 13Hath given forth upon usury, and hath taken increase: shall he then live? he shall not live: he hath done all these abominations; he shall surely die; his blood shall be upon him.
14Now, lo, if he beget a son, that seeth all his father's sins which he hath done, and considereth, and doeth not such like, 15That hath not eaten upon the mountains, neither hath lifted up his eyes to the idols of the house of Israel, hath not defiled his neighbour's wife, 16Neither hath oppressed any, hath not withholden the pledge, neither hath spoiled by violence, but hath given his bread to the hungry, and hath covered the naked with a garment, 17That hath taken off his hand from the poor, that hath not received usury nor increase, hath executed my judgments, hath walked in my statutes; he shall not die for the iniquity of his father, he shall surely live. 18As for his father, because he cruelly oppressed, spoiled his brother by violence, and did that which is not good among his people, lo, even he shall die in his iniquity.
The Soul who Sins will Die
19Yet say ye, Why? doth not the son bear the iniquity of the father? When the son hath done that which is lawful and right, and hath kept all my statutes, and hath done them, he shall surely live. 20The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him."
By the way be sure not to take the mark of the beast when it comes or you will never be forgiven it by God it is written in Revelation, lots of deceivers in the modern Christianity today. Paul warned wolves would come after his departure not sparing the flock and that was a long time back what do you think it is like now... tea gets darker and more bitter the longer it steeps I think. Careful how you hear (what reason do you listen for).
In the City of Disstruction, a man named Christian is barraged by doubts and fears. A book that he reads predicts that his city will be destroyed by fire and urges him and his family to escape. Not only does Christian deal with inward turmoil, but he is crippled by a horrendous burden upon his back that hinders his movements. A man named Evangelist urges Christian to journey to the Celestial City, a place of refuge where he will escape the coming judgment. Christian sets forth on his journey, little knowing that many dangerous foes lie in wait. However, many helpers also wait in the wings to offer their assistance.
The acting in this movie was very good. Certain characters were not portrayed in ways I would have imagined, but the overall effect of the film is excellent. My favorite scenes were Christian's encounter with Worldly Wise, the trial scene at Vanity Fair, and the journey through the dark river. Pilgrim's Progress is an entertaining journey that dramatizes our daily struggles with the Evil One and our only hope in our Savior, Jesus Christ. I pray that more Christian movies in the allegorical/fantasy genre will be made. God bless you all.
(Please look for my allegorical novel entitled Crimilia, which is available on this site. Thank you).
The bottom line is, I really am glad I watched it. It was well done. It was true to the spirit of the original, but brought it home to us in the world we live in today. It was just scary enough to be accurate to the story.
The actors were just what I would have hoped for, because they seemed just like people in my own family and neighborhood.
Now I have to dig out my copy of John Bunyan's book and read it again. I always loved that book, but now I believe believe I'll appreciate it even more.