Today, I’m going to share with you my top 7 movies in the inspirational category. Here they are, in no particular order!
The Narnia Movies
Because we are SUCH C.S. Lewis fans, we have bought each of the Narnia movies as they were released on DVD: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (PG), Prince Caspian (PG) and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (PG). All three movies are impeccably cast and the CGI makes characters like Aslan and Reepicheep so believable that you almost forget they’re not actual talking animals!
Of course, I am almost never as happy with the movie as I am with the book, and until my friend Sue shared some words of wisdom with me I was sometimes even offended with the filmmakers for not sticking to the original stories better. But Sue encouraged me to come to the movie afresh, just seeking to appreciate it for what it was: entertainment. So if I can do that I’m not quite as bothered with Peter’s unkindness to Edmund in LWW, or Susan’s love interest in Prince Caspian (what????!! As if!). Jackson has been making his way through the Narnia books this year as part of his literature studies, and we’re planning to watch these three movies again soon.
The movies are well-done, well-acted and great stories. There are some scary elements, so just be sure your children are ready for them….or have your DVD remote handy. And as always, read the book before you see the movie!
Chariots of Fire
Chariots of Fire (PG) movingly tells the stories of two very different men, both hoping to run for the U.K. in the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris. This movie version of actual facts introduces us to Eric Liddell, Christian missionary and Scot, and Harold Abrahams, a Jewish Englishman and student at Cambridge University. The two men run for very different, yet personally compelling, reasons. Each one is both encouraged and challenged for their decisions to run. Chariots of Fire won Academy Awards for both Best Picture and Best Screenplay (as well as Best Song).
This depiction (mostly accurate) of these men’s lives and competitions is deeply moving and extremely well-cast. I have many favorite parts of the film, but here is one of my favorite lines, spoken by Eric Liddell to his sister Jennie (who, in reality, was very supportive of Eric’s desire to run): “I believe that God made me for a purpose. But He also made me fast, and when I run, I feel His pleasure.”
Facing the Giants
Facing the Giants (PG) was the second film produced by Sherwood Pictures, using cast members from Sherwood Baptist Church. In the film, football Coach Taylor is facing the potential loss of his job after a number of losing seasons. This is only one of the problems he’s facing…..along with his broken-down car, lack of support from his players’ parents and the infertility issues he and his wife discover. A visitor to the school encourages him and challenges him to trust God despite his circumstances….and the wild ride begins!
It’s pretty amazing to see the performances the Kendrick brothers pull out of regular folks who (most of them, anyway) weren’t actors before the movie. A great musical score accompanies the film. Don’t miss the outtakes reel included in the DVD. Fun and uplifting…especially if you enjoy football!
What if you’d just been given the job of your dreams….in front of a nationwide audience….and God came to you and asked you to do something crazy in the sight of Him and everybody? This is the dilemma Evan Baxter faces. A newly elected congressman, Evan’s deepest desire (which he prays, btw….which starts off the whole adventure) is to change the world. Well, he gets his desire….but NOT in the way he’d expected at all!
Very odd things begin to happen to Evan…..a man claiming to be God asks him to build an ark; animals begin showing up in very odd places; wood is delivered to his home….and so forth and so on! His coworkers and family become impatient and even despairing of him….yet in the midst of all this, Evan is changing.
Evan Almighty is rated PG for “mild rude humor and some peril.” There is some vulgar humor and in a tussle with God over clothing choices, Evan inadvertently appears nude in front of the mail lady. (We don’t see the details.) But you and your family may love it. It is sweet, hilarious, and a great reminder that God’s ways are not our ways!
Here are the links to the other neat gals in my blog group this week. Follow the links to see what they’ve got to share today!
Ellen @ Grace Tells Another Story ~ Making Homeschooling Fun! What’s Cookin’?
Marcy @ Ben and Me ~ Helping Children in Uganda – Change the World
Wendy @ Simplicity Breeds Happiness — International Meals – Around the World: Moroccan Rice Pilaf
Sarah @ Delivering Grace ~ Learning about England – The Food
Victoria @ Homemaking with Heart ~ Keeping a Nature Journal
Joanie @ Simple Living Mama ~ 5 Days of Charlotte Mason Preschool – Literature, Music, and Art
Gwen @ Tolivers to Texas ~ Floor Joists, Drywall Dust, and Family Harmony
Chareen @ Every Bed of Roses ~ FREE Science Homeschool Resources
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