Saturday, February 24, 2007

Amazing Grace: Movie Review

We just came home from watching the movie Amazing Grace. Basically, it's the story of William Wilberforce's efforts to abolish the slave trade in the British empire.

You need to go see this movie. I can recommend it without reservation. Go! It's inspiring, moving and beautiful.

Krista and I talked about the movie on the way home and we had a lot of similar thoughts. We were both struck by the power of a "call" in Wilberforce's life, and by the way he stood up for justice and human dignity at any cost. We left the theatre eager to be part of changing the world for the better, and certain that the task is achievable.

In that sense, it's more than a simple entertainment. It was, in fact, entertaining, and we laughed at parts, I had chills once and yes, I cried, too. It was an uplifting and powerful reminder of the power of God in human lives to effect positive change in human society.

So, please accept my highest recommendation that you go see this movie. Take a friend. Take off work and make an office party of it. It's well worth your time.

And, if you would like to be part of the modern day efforts to crush the slave trade once and for all, check out The Amazing Change website.


  1. Man, I want to see this movie so bad! I got all excited about it yesterday but then found out that it's not coming to Croatia. Any ideas of how we can get it? Um... legally, anyway.

  2. I have the same question as Taylor. I am so anxious to see this, but we don't anticipate seeing it in the theatres here.

  3. Hmmm. The only thing I can think of is that some of the filmmakers are certainly Christian and would love what you two are doing. Perhaps they would be open to loaning you a print to use in an outreach or something like that. (?)

  4. Anonymous8:29 AM

    i saw the movie opening night while i was in nyc. LOVED IT! william wilberforce was one of my heroes even before this movie came out.
    the fact that ioan gruffud plays him and is easy on the eyes in the film doesn't hurt either... ;)

  5. Anonymous12:49 PM

    Saw a special screening of it. As far as christian films go, it WAS a breath of fresh air. I could rant my frustrations about the lack of quality among Christian films...and Christian storytelling for that matter...but I won't. But the movie was good. Good acting too, but then you well seasoned actors(i.e. Albert Finney). My only criticism though is the title. I think it was missed titled. But that is only minor. I am done now. Goodbye.