Posted by: sisterhosea | February 28, 2011

Catching Up

It’s been too long since I’ve posted any movie reviews here. Sorry to keep you waiting so long. I haven’t had a chance to see that many new films, but here are three that are worthy of your viewing. I’m sure they will be on DVD sometime soon.

The King’s Speech just won the Academy Award for Best Picture at last night’s Oscars. And it is worthy of the kudos bestowed by the Academy.

This film tells the story of the present Queen Elizabeth II’s father, King George VI (Colin Firth). He wasn’t expecting to be king, but when his older brother abdicated in order to marry, Bertie found himself in an unwanted position. One big problem: he stuttered. At the time when radio was in regular use, the king was often called upon to give speeches. Not good news for Bertie. So his lovely wife (Helena Bonham-Carter) gets him to see an unconventional speech therapist (Geoffrey Rush), who works with him to overcome this defect. An awe-inspiring story.

However, one of my favorite movies of the moment is The Rite starring Anthony Hopkins.

This film follows seminarian, Michael Kovak (Colin O’Donohue), as he prepares to become an exorcist, something he has been asked to do. While going through a period of doubting his faith, Michael journeys to Rome to participate in the exorcism course. His questions lead the priest in charge to introduce him to Father Lucas Trevant (Hopkins), a rather unconventional exorcist. At the side of Fr. Lucas, Kovak experiences things he has never imagined. How does he regain his faith?

Although The Rite is tagged as a horror film, I disagree. This is a film about one man’s journey of faith, set within the confines of the exorcism genre. While there are some horror elements, the poignancy and depth of the story is well worth the view. When I first saw this film, I had never seen the classic The Exorcist or other films like The Exorcism of Emily Rose. Since then, I have seen both and The Rite is definitely in a category of it’s own. Based on real life exorcist, Father Gary Thomas, of the Dioces of San Jose, CA, the movie has become one of my new favorites. The book by Matt Baglio on which the film is based is also great reading for anyone interested in this topic.

Lastly, I’ll mention the next film in the Chronicles of Narnia series, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

This is the best of the three movies in this series so far. I saw it in 3D which wasn’t too bad (I had a bad experience with Avatar. I actually got a headache from the 3D). The story is the most overtly Christian of all the films, focusing on temptation, fear, loyalty, and redemption. The introduction of Cousin Eustace (Will Poulter) to the Narnia film audience is delightful. Bratty Eustace learns what loyalty is. Aslan makes his appearance, too.  Fabulous addition to the Narnia series.

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