Amazing Grace

• TOP NOTCH (my top choices)
• HONORABLE MENTION (well worth watching)
• YOU MIGHT WANT TO CONSIDER (I like them but you might not)
• CLASSICS (Great movies up through the 1960s - many don't have any rating)

  Ioan Gruffudd, Albert Finney, Michael Gambon, Benedict Cumberbatch   

Summary -  The idealist William Wilberforce maneuvers his way through Parliament, endeavoring to end the British transatlantic slave trade.

Cautions - Themes of slavery.

Commentary - I will tell you up front that even though the film is less than two hours, it might feel a little longer. This is not a fast paced story... but it really shouldn't be. The battle to end the slave trade in England took a long time and I think one feels that in the pacing of the movie. BUT, I found the film to be engaging and captivating. This is, in part, because it is a legal thriller with excellent arguments on both sides of the debate, leaving the audience wondering how the issue could ever be settled.

With such recognizable names in the cast one would expect some powerful performances and Amazing Grace delivers. To my surprise, it was Albert Finney that captivated me with two of the most powerful scenes in the movie as John Newton. Newton was a man who "once was lost, but now is found," and wrote the song about it.

An inspiring movie about the power of standing up for what's right and being a light for others to do the same.


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