Mitch and I were blessed to receive free tickets from a friend to see the new Courageous movie from Sherwood pictures.
It was wonderful! If you get a chance, go see it.
It's hard for me to find the words to say what the movie was about. It had a lot of sub-plots. In our experience, this can be a killer for a movie, but I think the guys at Sherwood pictures did an excellent job of building the story, building the characters, and wrapping it all together nicely by the end. The movie is geared towards challenging fathers in particular to step forward and courageously lead their families to follow God, but everyone will find a lesson while watching. This is where all those sub-plots just nestle in neatly by the end. The movie goes beyond "feel good" and beyond "entertainment" to give a good dose of solid theology and the Gospel is presented LOUD and CLEAR. I appreciate that tremendously! It pulls this off well without getting boring or preachy (in my opinion). The only time I got squirmy was about 15 min before the movie was over. Drinking a large pop wasn't the best choice. The movie is 2 hours 10 min long, and I just about couldn't make it that long with so much pop in my tummy!
The movie received a PG-13 rating for some violence and drugs. While I understand the rating system, this seems like such overkill. This movie definitely does not belong in the same category as other PG-13 movies I can think of (Iron Man 2, for example). The "violence" is mild, and the topic of drugs is handled appropriately and effectively (we do not see anyone using drugs, or even dealing drugs, only carrying them and police confiscating them). We see the full consequences of these "negative" elements. I would be willing to allow any of my children to see the movie, but I think the youngest children wouldn't be that interested in it. I can't wait to let the older ones see it!
Visit the Courageous Movie website for more info. Read the Plugged-In review here.
Sherwood Pictures keeps getting better and better. We love all their movies. I hope they keep it up!