Thursday, November 17, 2011

Movie Review: Courageous


The opening scene of the new movie Courageous shows the committed love of a father for his son. Throughout the movie, fathers realize the value of their role in their families, and they seek to be more devoted to their wives and children and more involved in their lives. I’ve never cried during a movie like I did during this one. It was hard to keep from crying during certain moving scenes. The depth of feeling of the characters was so real. And it was just as hard not to cry from laughing so hard at another scene. My favorite scenes include the little girl teaching her father how to dance, the “Snake King” threatening the drug pusher, and the main character running with his son.

Tragedy strikes Adam and his family, the main character who is played by Alex Kendrick, one of the writers of the screenplay. Adam’s response to the tragedy determines whether he will let an unexplainable circumstance drive him to anger and regret, or drive him closer to God. His choice affects his roles as father and husband. Adam’s response surprised me. He sought the counsel of his pastor who asked him, “What do you want me to do for you?” Adam’s answer set him on a course that changed the quality of life not only for his family, but for four other families and more. The resolution of one man moved other men to step up and take their responsibility and privilege seriously.

The call of this movie is for men to have the courage to stand up for what is right and to take an active role in the emotional and spiritual health of their families. But the call isn’t only for men. In our day and culture, God is looking for men and women who will let love lead them to invest in the lives of those around them. Courage backed by love is a powerful force for good in the world. Take a moment to ask yourself, “Am I courageous? Am I motivated by love to make a difference in the world around me?”

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