Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Movie: Amazing Grace

My rating on a 1-10 scale: 8.75 (we’ll round to a 9)
Genre: Adventure, biography
Primary actors: Romola Garai, Michael Gambon, Ioan Gruffudd
Length: About two hours
Based on: William Wilberforce’s life (you also meet John Newton!)
Time period: 1700's and 1800's
Quote(s): We are too young to realize that certain things are impossible...so we will do them anyway.
Year it came out: 2006
My overall opinion: I didn’t love it as much as I’d hoped to, but it was still a very moving movie. Wilberforce did an unbelievable amount of work against slavery! I had no idea that he’d spent as many years as he did working on that. It was very eye-opening.
There were some wonderful recognizable actors in here…see the post about the Doubles for this movie that comes out later today. :) They included Romola Garai (2009 Emma), Michael Gambon (with Garai in the 2009 Emma and in a lot of other period dramas, among others), Ciaran Hinds (if you don’t know, you have to wait and see!), and Bill Paterson (same as the latter).
I did enjoy Romola Garai’s dresses! Absolutely stunning. I want one.
I think Amazing Grace is rated PG – there is some heavy material. A little swearing, and some rather disturbing images too. I wouldn’t recommend for anyone under 13, though of course, it depends on the child. However, if you are a period drama lover – check this one out!


Miss Elizabeth Bennet said...

I really liked this movie. When I first watched it, I had the same feeling that I didn't love it as much as I hoped (but I still really liked it), but it grew on me more and more as time went on. Great review! :-)

Mary Beth said...

It's been quite a while now since I've seen this, but I remember liking it. I should watch it again!

Delvalina said...

I love this movie, it still keep encourages me each time I watch this.
I love to see Gruffudd played his role as Willberforce so charismatic. Such a powerful message in this movie.

oh and yes! I love the dress too :)

Hamlette said...

Ioan Gruffudd is one of my favorite actors, and I loved his performance in this. I agree that I hoped to love the movie more than I did, but it's a solid piece anyway.

Have you ever seen Ioan's "Horatio Hornblower" movies from A&E? Fabulous swashbuckling, and pretty clean entertainment overall. I love them.

Charity U said...

Hamlette, nope, haven't seen that Horatio Hornblower. I saw another one...oh let's see here. Let me go look it up...ah! The Gregory Peck version. Here's a link to my review: http://austenitis.blogspot.com/2011/08/movie-horatio-hornblower.html Fun movie. :) But I will look into these newer ones!

Hamlette said...

I love that one too! Peck and Gruffudd actually play it similarly enough that you can imagine Gruffudd growing up to become Peck.