Saturday, February 16, 2008

Amazing Grace

There is a particular line in the movie that goes something like this: everyone remembers men of war and violence, but not many remember men of peace and this excellent movie tells the story of one man that for many decades fought to abolish slavery trade in the entire British Empire. William Wilberforce maneuvers his way through Parliament in 19th century England with the help of many other Parliament members and a Prime Minister.

What is truly amazing is that this biopic is unusually satisfying and very inspiring facilitating the enjoyment of a real life story in the most entertaining way with very fine performances by a large ensemble cast that includes Michael Gambon, mesmerizing Albert Finney, Rufus Sewell, Ciaran Hinds, Toby Jones, Benedict Cumberbatch, Romola Garai and Ioan Gruffudd as William Wilberforce.

Directed by Michael Apted and with extraordinary cinematography, some great long shots, and no-nonsense storytelling makes this movie a must be seen for the important story it tells while being very entertaining. There are not many epic movies that really move you and this is one of the very few.

The movie was nominated for the 2007 Humanitas Prize and received the 2006 Truly Moving Picture Award. This is a crowd pleaser movie that in the most entertaining way will inform you about history (very few artistic licenses) and move you into thinking about many important humankind matters. I suggest you do not miss this movie.


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