“Historically there has been a huge trade-off made when trying to make movies with a strong Christian worldview. Bad acting blended with low quality production values has often been associated with Christian movies. That’s why it has been particularly encouraging to see mainstream film companies stepping in to help bridge the traditional gap. A prime example of this is the new film about to hit the cinemas, ‘Amazing Grace’.
‘Amazing Grace’ is the passionate story of William Wilberforce and his political battle to abolish slavery in the United Kingdom. Fresh off our screens as Mr Fantastic in the Fantastic four, Ioan Gruffud plays Wilberforce in a powerfully passionate and yet beautifully subtle manner which leads the audience to whole-heartedly jump on board the fight against the social injustice of the Slave trade.
Spanning several decades, ‘Amazing Grace’ follows what can only be described as one man’s fight against insurmountable opposition. So much of the UK industry was built on the work done by slaves. A huge separation of class had kept the wheels of the slave trade spinning at extreme speed. Those who had the most to loose in the abolition of slavery were those with the most money to fund the fight for slavery.
As a stunningly filmed period drama, ‘Amazing Grace’ is a veritable visual taste sensation. Backed with wonderful characterisation by a stellar cast, the story unfolds and is paced at a speed that leaves no audience member behind or feeling bored. With the supporting cast of Romola Garai as “Barbara Wilberforce”, Albert Finney as “John Newton” and Benedict Cumberland as “Prime minister Pitt the younger” the depth of dramatic acting helps build the passion and pain within a story the needs to not only be seen but felt as well.
It is always nice to see a movie that can so deeply inspire people to do what they can to fight social injustice, but even more then that this film is a well told story set in beautifully filmed locations with a great cast.
Well worth the $14 to see on the big screen and very family friendly but storyline and style lends it to the 10+ age group.”