Ultimate Life [Blu-ray]
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I am a newbie to this series, having not read the book or seen the movie; however, I had no problem following the tale and the obvious message. The grandson(this time played by handsome Logan Bartholomew- who has done other MLJ movies) is under pressure trying to run Grandpa's(James Garner- seen briefly via video) company. His courtship with the love of his life(again played by Ali Hillis- she remains me of Amy Grant) hits a roadblock of conflict as she needs more and decides to head to Haiti to work as a nurse.
The grandson flounders trying to keep balance in his life and to value what's really important. He receives from long time family friend(another great veteran actor- Bill Cobbs) his granddad's journal. Here, the story flashes back and relates the deceased patriarch's story- a Carnegie success of rising out of poverty by hard work ethic and determination. We see the young man through thick and thin including hopping a freight train, working menial jobs but making an impression(with Peter Fonda), a brief scene of fighting in WWII and trying to strike it rich in the oil fields with neglected family in tow.
All along, we know what's going to happen; there are no great revelations here, typical for this genre; although, I have to give MLJ a lot of credit for tying all these time periods and changing actors together, and doing it quite well for a pretty limited budget(I believe~3 million). The filming is well done, and the actors solid enough.Read more ›
That being said, I bought "The Ultimate Life" with the anticipation of learning what made "Red" tick, and that is what the movie is mostly about...Red's Steven's valuable lessons on what is REALLY important in life. It jumped around a bit, from Jason's life and his present day struggles, back to the WWII era and Red Steven's life and his all-consuming greed for money, and the development of his friendship with Ted Hamilton (his lawyer who stuck by Red through thick or thin).
Thank goodness Red kept a journal of his up and down struggles, which was eventually given to Jason by Hamilton. Jason's study of his grandfather's journal helped teach him the real values in life and ultimately brought him the inner peace and happiness he longed for.
The acting is good, and it's definitely a movie the whole family can enjoy and learn from....happy viewing!
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This was a good movie. I was hoping to see the ultimate gift but, this movie was good background for when I find that movie. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Mary Harvey
Love this movie. Love the family friendly movies like this one.Published 1 month ago by Nathan Stanford Sr
this sequel isn't very good. It didn't have the great flow that the first one had. It left questions unanswered, and I think the main guy was a different actor which always throws... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mary M.
Uplifting movie... it helps put the proper perspective on life in an entertaining way.Published 2 months ago by Craig H. Campbell
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