December 1, 2011

What if?

by Chris Feeney

What if you had to actually have seen a movie in order to give it two thumbs up? I guess I wouldn't be writing this editorial then, as I have yet to view the movie Courageous. That won't stop me from encouraging everyone in this community from making plans to be in a seat at the Memphis Theatre Friday, Saturday or Sunday evening to watch the show.

Courageous has been out long enough that I've heard lots of positive feedback from real movie viewers, not just the paid critics.

But even without their advice, I would not be afraid to recommend the show. As the fourth film from Sherwood Pictures, the moviemaking ministry of Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Georgia, the latest title can ride on the shirttails of its predecessors as far as I'm concerned.

The first venture, Flywheel, told the tale of a crooked used car salesman who turns his life around.

Facing the Giants tells the story of an embattled high school football coach who sparks a revival at a Christian school en route taking his team to an improbable state championship.

Fireproof is about a fireman who fights to save a marriage whose spark appears to have been extinguished.

If you have not seen any of these films, I can definitely give them two thumbs up. Okay, maybe the Academy won't be handing out awards anytime soon for special effects, or choreography, but if you are looking for a movie that will live up to its name, and move you, pick up a Sherwood Pictures film.

That's why I can't wait to see Courageous. What better way to draw men to the movies than with an action-packed cop movie? But little do we know, these rough and tough law enforcement officers face a bigger challenge at home - fatherhood.

"While they consistently give their best on the job, good enough seems to be all they can muster as dads," says the official movie synopsis. "But they're quickly discovering that their standard is missing the mark. When tragedy hits home, these men are left wrestling with their hopes, their fears, their faith, and their fathering. Can a newfound urgency help these dads draw closer to God ... and to their children?"

Guys, this definitely can qualify as a date night film, even with the action-style movie. Trust me, there will be plenty of drama as well, filling the chick-flick quota at the same time. It's a win-win, as long as you don't mind them seeing you shed a tear or two as well.

If you are into music, the movie theme song is performed by Casting Crowns. Their song Courageous is part of the group's recent album release "Come to the Well". The album is in the running for the #1 selling rank according to Billboard 200.

While I'm handing out endorsements, I might as well give them a plug too. I was blessed to travel with a group to a recent Casting Crowns concert in Peoria, IL. Amazing show, amazing music, amazing people!

Wish we could be blessed with a live performance following the movie. I guess we'll just have to settle for free admission at the theatre all weekend long. You see, I'm not the only one who really wants you to witness this movie.



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