Movie Review: Amazing Grace

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William is a drained man. For years he has fought against parliament for the freeing and banning of slaves in the British Empire. But eight years has resulted in nothing but ridicule and anguish. It has taken from him his youth, and his health. So, weary, tired, and broken, he is forced to retreat to a family home, and continue the fight through writing.

Through this retreat, he meets a passionate woman intent on destroying slavery as he is. Together, they recount past experiences and stories, and resolve to never stop pursuing the goal of making slavery Illegal in Britain. The odds are in no way in their favor, and it will take a miracle to make this end meet.

Things I Liked

William is a man with a clear calling in his life. That is, to make slavery illegal in Britain. A high and respectable one, it is socially rejected in the time in which he lives. That’s doesn’t stop him though. Through speeches, letters, and examples, William goes about trying to convince parliament it should indeed be stopped. His perseverance and passion for the man without rights is incredibly praiseworthy. He grows too, as a past gambler, he gave it up to better follow his faith.

William also lives what he preaches. He cares for the poor that visit him- and treat then to supper in his house. He stops two men from beating a exhausted horse, and even spends time on a slave ship, to learn what those people experienced. The movie shows the horrid conditions the slaves went through, and creates a disgusting portrayal of past actions.

In a time of revolutionary speak, William is completely duty bound to his government and country. Whenever a person speaks about revolution, William promptly reprimands him- saying their allegiance is to the king. Lastly, the supporting cast is just as admirable as William himself. Barbra, a feisty young woman, is just as committed to his cause as he is, and provides moral support when William despairs. We also see what greed does to a person, and the destruction it brings.

Things I Didn’t Like

In the slave ship, we see chains and are told of the brutalities that went on on the ships, and then on the selling block. Ways they whipped the slaves, ways the used rope to hide most slaves had dysentery, and ways men “entertained” themselves chaining women to the wall. It is by far the most revolting scene in the movie, and the stories told (nothing shown) will linger long past hearing them.

Per the dress style of the time period, cleavage is shown when women wear certain dresses.

There is foul british language used. Additionally, a man bets his “N——” as property. Hell and the Lord’s name are used out of context in parliament.

Closing Thoughts

 God sometimes does His work with gentle drizzle, not storms. ~John Newton~

Amazing Grace is a story where we are taught if a man pursues the Will of God wholeheartedly, there will be edifying fruit at the end. It shows trial after trial, through Faith, and a fellow spirit, William eventually accomplishes his goal. This movie isn’t complicated, questionable, or regrettable. It speaks loudly and clearly about the equality between all men. It is an unapologetic, mature tale of a man pursuing God’s calling in his life, and by God’s Grace, seeing it through until the end.

That’s a message we all can agree is quite amazing.

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