Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 6:45 p.m. for popcorn; movie starts at 7:00 p.m.
Amazing Grace (PG, 118 minutes) is a 2006 British-American biographical drama film about the campaign against slave trade in the British Empire, led by William Wilberforce, who was responsible for steering anti-slave trade legislation through the British parliament. The title is a reference to the hymn “Amazing Grace”. The film also recounts the experiences of John Newton as a crewman on a slave ship and subsequent religious conversion, which inspired his writing of the poem later used in the hymn. Source: Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amazing_Grace_(2006_film
Steven D. Greydanus (www.decentfilms.com), film reviewer for the National Catholic Register and a permanent deacon in the Archdiocese of Newark, had this to say about Amazing Grace:
Amazing Grace is an inspirational historical biopic celebrating the crusade of English Parliamentarian William Wilberforce, a devout Christian, against the slave trade. The title reflects the supporting role of John Newton, a penitent ex-slave ship captain, now a rector and mentor of sorts to Wilberforce as well as the writer of the beloved hymn.
People will sooner believe a big lie than a little one, noted a WWII-era US intelligence report on Hitler, who famously coined the phrase “the big lie” to describe this very phenomenon. Case in point: the widespread notion of slavery as the special shame of Western, Christian Europe and America. This popular notion exactly reverses the truth.
Throughout human history slavery was widely and uncontroversially practiced on every continent and in practically every culture, from ancient China, India, and Africa to the pre-Colombian Americas. It was only in the Christian world that slavery ever became controversial, that a concept of personal freedom and dignity developed which fostered principled moral resistance to slavery. The Christian West is unique in world history, not for practicing slavery, but for becoming the first society in the world voluntarily to abolish the practice. Amazing Grace represents a step toward setting the record straight.
Greydanus rated Amazing Grace as B+ (Recommended +) and appropriate for teens and up. Caveat Spectator: Recurring mild profanity; an instance of the n‑word; a fleeting mild sexual reference and mild sensuality; descriptions of inhumane treatment of slaves; brief animal abuse.