The first time I ever saw a film by the Albany, Georgia, Kendricks brothers’ Sherwood Pictures, was in 2006 when we saw Facing the Giants. Some of you may remember the ratings controversy over that film. What the massive media response to the controversy did was to inspire a bunch of Christians to purchase tickets to see the film — Gregg and I included. We didn’t know anything about it, other than that it had a Christian theme, and we went on Saturday night with our 9-year-old daughter and watched it.
The acting was not great. The budget was obviously tight. The story was phenomenal. Five minutes into the movie, you forgot the not great acting and the bad lighting and were just simply swept into the story. At the end, Kaylee was sobbing. “I don’t know why I’m crying,” she’d said, “I’m so happy.”
That movie made us Sherwood Pictures fans forever. We found and bought their first film, Flywheel. Very similar to Facing the Giants with the acting and the budget, but the story and the theme were beyond impressive.
When Fireproof came out, we were so excited to see some bigger names. At the time, Gregg and I were in a really bad spot, marital-wise. We were in that “pretend everything is okay and just go on like normal” phase, but everything wasn’t okay – everything was terribly wrong. We sat next to each other in the theater, gripping hands, each of us with tears running down our faces, feeling almost like the film was made for us. A couple of years later, I facilitated a class in our church and studied a study guide that was created from the movie and the book The Love Dare. I blogged about it in my post titled Time.
When we heard that they were making Courageous, we knew we’d go to see it regardless of the plot line. Every movie they’ve made has impacted our lives in a positive spiritual and emotional way. So, seeing it was a given.
I have to tell you, I saw it twice in two days, and this movie is phenomenal. The BEST movie Sherwood Pictures has ever produced. The acting is great. The budget is obviously not as tight as before. The story is positively gripping. I laughed and cried my way through the entire thing.
Gregg and I talked about it after we saw it on Thursday and said that it would be nice if they made it required viewing for all potential fathers. Kaylee and I talked after we saw it on Saturday and she said that every men’s church group in America should see it.
Here’s my recommendation to my (mostly) female readers: take your husband to see this movie. Arrange child care, tell him he has a hot date tonight, and go see this movie. Then have him take some friends, and have him take his teenaged sons or his brother or his father. The men in America need to see this movie and they need to rise up to the challenges presented within it.
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My husband is taking his dad to see this tonight. :-) I’m glad you give it such high reviews! We’ve loved all the Sherwood films.
now i REALLY want to see it! we loved loved loved Fireproof, even if we weren’t in turmoil with our marriage. we recommend it to everyone and to our pre cana class we teach every year. Facing the Giants we thought was also good! hopefully we can get to see this soon…if not we shall wait for it to come out on dvd.
These films are wonderful! Another great christian film, along the same lines, is called “Forever Strong”. I don’t watch much TV and I rarely go to movies, but these films are worth the time and money to see. Thank you, Hallee, for reminding us that there are movies worth watching!
Maybe. The last scene the lead protagonist is standing in the church saying, “So, where are you men of courage? etc.” It is certainly a call to arms. However, there is such a gradual progression of the story that he may not feel like it’s directed at him.
Here’s a quick behind the scenes: http://www.courageousthemovie.com/videos-heartofcourageous
I am excited for this film! I’m only hessitant because I wonder if I bring my husband to see it will it seem like I’m trying to “fix” him? We loved Fireproof, but that spoke to each of us equally. Is this going to come across as being directed at him, that *he* needs to do/be better?
We took our entire family (well, us and our 12 year old son and 16 year old daughter) Saturday night and loved it! What a powerful movie! I hope it planted the seed for my 12 year old son to think about what kind of father he wants to be when he is grown and the seed for my 16 year old daughter to think about what kind of man she wants as a husband and father of her children. Awesome movie!
All potential fathers should see this movie! However, so should their wives. Today’s society is so into being equal, that it would be nice for women to see that you can live biblically and that submitting to your husband doesn’t equate with being a doormat. God designed men to lead and protect. How much more wonderful our world would be if we all just did what we were designed to do!
I took my 12 year old son, and it brought him to tears. He was so moved by the idea of intentional fathering, and I thank HIM for an amazing message from media, when so much of what our children see or hear is designed to degrade,etc…