Amazing Grace

directed by Michael Apted
Category: "Drama"
Year of Release:2006
Date Added:04/03/2008
Date Watched:03/01/2007
Description:It's the story of William Wilberforce's lengthy, and ultimately successful, attempt to have the slave trade outlawed by the British Parliament. On the one hand, he struggled with his desire to live a quiet life of faith, his health (including his addiction to laudanum) and the opposition of the sugar industry who "needed" the slaves to make money. On the other hand he had the support of several crusaders for the cause, his friend John Newton, Prime Minister William Pitt and the young Barbara Spooner.

Ioan Gruffudd ... William Wilberforce
Romola Garai ... Barbara Spooner
Benedict Cumberbatch ... William Pitt
Albert Finney ... John Newton
Michael Gambon ... Lord Charles Fox
My Rating:8

Reviews for Amazing Grace

Review - Amazing Grace

As I watched Amazing Grace, I experienced the emotion I was supposed to experience — admiration for a brave man who overcame discouraging odds to accomplish what he thought was right. But it also raised a question in my mind concerning Christians and politics.

What, exactly was the apostle Paul telling Timothy in 2 Timothy 2:4 when he says: No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please Him who hath chosen Him to be a soldier? There was slavery in Paul's time, but he didn't decide to crusade against it. He simply told Christian slave owners how to handle their slaves and told Christian slaves how to behave. Does all this mean that Christians shouldn't be involved in politics?

My opinion on this is in the process of development, but right now here's where I'm at: Christians who choose to involve themselves with politics should be very, very careful because there is a strong pull toward the world. And Christians who are in ministry should concentrate on ministry and NOT be involved in politics.

Back to the movie. Hearing "Amazing Grace" in the context of John Newton's guilt because of his history as a slave trader put a new light on one of my favorite songs. Wilberforce's faith was downplayed a bit, but came through in places. I thought Gruffudd did a tolerable job as Wilberforce, and I quit picturing him as either Horatio Hornblower or Mr. Fantastic fairly early on. The opening scene was silly — a guy quits beating his horse simply because some guy he saw once in Parliament suggests that he stop. The other actors and actresses were very good. I enjoyed the scenes in Parliament and elsewhere that pictured life in the late 1700s. In short, I thought it was well worth seeing.
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