“Amazing Grace”: Don’t Judge a Film By Its Preview

I can’t publish my review of Amazing Grace yet. But I will say this. The preview led me to believe it would be cheesy, overly sentimental, and old-fashioned in the worst kind of way.

I’m pleasantly surprised to tell you that you should plan to see it on opening night. There are plenty of highlights that make it worth your time and attention … not the least of which is its unapologetic celebration of Christian faith, and strong (if unfortunately brief) performances by Albert Finney, Michael Gambon, and Rufus Sewell (playing a sympathetic character for the first time in a while, thank goodness!) Oh, and Romola Garai once again demonstrates that she’s leading lady material and one of the most radiant beauties of the big screen.

Anyway… the review is forthcoming, but I just want you to know that you shouldn’t judge this one by its preview. It’s better than that.

It also contains one rather memorable blooper, but you have to watch carefully to catch it…

Oh, and if you WANT a review, there are a few sites who have published them early…

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Jeffrey Overstreet departed the Patheos network in order to escape click-bait advertisements that were offending him and his readers. He will re-launch Looking Closer at lookingcloser.org soon. He is the author of The Auralia Thread, a four-volume fantasy series that begins with Auralia's Colors, and a memoir of "dangerous moviegoing" called Through a Screen Darkly. He teaches creative writing and film studies; speaks internationally about art and faith; served as Writer-in-Residence at Covenant College; and is employed by Seattle Pacific University as a project manager, copyeditor, and writer.

  • Tim

    Oh good grief. That Slant review is absolutely ridiculous, and has a complete misunderstanding of what it means to be “conservative” or “liberal.”

  • Tim

    I’m definitely looking forward to this one! I’ve been hoping, hoping, hoping that it would be good. It’s got great material to build on…

  • Peter T Chattaway

    The reviews I’ve read so far are enough to keep me cautious, but for what it’s worth, I’ve been hearing similar things about Walden Media’s adaptation of Bridge to Terabithia — i.e., that the trailer tricks you into thinking the movie will suck, and then it turns out the movie doesn’t. Is this some new sort of reverse-psychology marketing ploy, I wonder?

  • Neil E. Das

    Wow, often enough the trailer is better than the movie. It is good to hear that the opposite is true, especially in this case. I am excited.

  • stephen

    I’ve very glad to hear that! My admiration for Wilberforce is boundless after recently reading a biography on his life, so I was hoping the film does him some justice. Michael Apted is capable of doing good work. I thought ENIGMA from several years ago was an under-appreciated film.