This morning, a few members from my church’s youth group went to see the new movie Courageous, a film about fatherhood by Sherwood Pictures, a film production company that gained recent fame with their movies Facing the Giants and Fireproof. From the movie’s website:
Honor Begins at Home
Four men, one calling: To serve and protect. As law enforcement officers, Adam Mitchell, Nathan Hayes, David Thomson, and Shane Fuller are confident and focused. Yet at the end of the day, they face a challenge that none of them are truly prepared to tackle: fatherhood.
While they consistently give their best on the job, good enough seems to be all they can muster as dads. 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?
Filled with action-packed police drama, COURAGEOUS is the fourth film from Sherwood Pictures, the moviemaking ministry of Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Georgia. Riveted moviegoers will once again find themselves laughing, crying, and cheering as they are challenged and inspired by everyday heroes who long to be the kinds of dads that make a lifelong impact on their children.
Protecting the streets is second nature to these men. Raising their children in a God-honoring way? That’s courageous.
In my personal opinion, this movie dragged a bit in the beginning and didn’t lock in my interest. However, near the middle of the film, the plot begin taking on a very surprising and interesting turn, and as the film progressed with more laughs and tears, I found myself hooked to the screen and engaged in the emotional appeal radiating from the characters.
Courageous had a very important message, and it delivered it poignantly and with multiple layers of truth and hope. The plot was very well paced, though to me the alternating emotional scenes (comedy and tragedy) switched too often. I found myself laughing one second, crying another, and in yet another laughing again. However, the comedy was hilarious yet clean and very well woven into the storyline, as were the sadder scenes. The soundtrack was very very relevant, and reached out where words and acting could not. I found myself going home, hopping online, and looking up the songs as soon as possible.
The characters fulfilled their role to their fullest potential, the acting scenes were not cheesy (as opposed to the fake firefighting scenes in Fireproof), and the story was moving, touching, and inspirational. It is a movie with a message to fathers, and I would definitely recommend this movie to everyone: it speaks to not only to fathers, but also to soon-to-be fathers, married men, engaged men, young men, mothers, wives, etc. There is a character for every person to relate to, which makes this movie even more moving.
I would say to round up a group of fathers or peers, or families or your peers to go see the movie this week. Help support the Christian film industry by helping the film’s opening week a smashing success. 🙂
Courageous is rated PG-13 for drugs and violence, and yes, some scenes may be mature for children. But honestly, the movie is appropriate for anyone above the age of 10, relatively speaking.