Amazing Grace (2007) Review

Amazing Grace (2007) Review
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Amazing Grace (2007)
Director(s): Michael Apted
Actor(s): Ioan Gruffudd, Albert Finney, Michael Gambon
Running Time: 118 min
CGM Editors Choice
| February 23, 2007

What do Englishmen David Beckham and William Wilberforce have in common? Absolutely nothing.

William did not receive a king’s ransom for the enforcement and homage to art of truth and the abolition of slavery from Africa to The Commonwealth between the years 1787 and 1865. Yet entertainers are placed in the limelight daily as we, as visual consumers, receive a drunken stupor of entertainment for our trouble.

We all love A & E. Adoringly Arts & Entertainment films strike a chord in the hearts of its audience no matter what the age. Yet the debate remains that these two words are not synonymous nor should they be placed together. The reason being it is an account of truth. Yet in this age of entertainment at your fingertips it is easy to get lost in what really matters. The focus should not be the sense of mind-numbing entertainment provided by today’s so-called stars. That is one of theatrics rather than the throes of passion for the truth and the unwavering stance for what is right.
The angelic historical account of one of the most famous songs of ingenious English verse has been theatrically displayed on the big screen. The bravery of one William Wilberforce and his tenacious attack is as brave as the warrior stance made by one William Wallace. Although Wallace led his people to freedom, Wilberforce fought for a people that had no voice, or at least not a voice that was heard by popular society. Wilberforce turned his attention focused with every fiber of his natural health towards the onslaught of the English civilization. British slave ships of torture were utilized to the degree of grotesque and absolute inhuman treatment of its reluctant inhabitants. The voyages were for one main purpose which was to enhance the way and style of living in the Commonwealth to reap the benefits of putting sugar in the homes of her civilians. The cruelty was impressively displayed and discussed during the film as the approach of actor Ioan Gruffudd was an immaculate portrayal of the historical hero William Wilberforce.
A two-fold battle fought by William in the House of Commons brought ridicule from his peers as he fought a barrage of strife and sickness within his own body. Amazing Grace is truly amazing as it showcases a true historical hero. One who requested no medal yet should be knighted as a man of integrity and honor.

Unfortunately we see that even in today’s society the heros are ones of entertainment rather than the ones who are not in the limelight and make a real difference in the world. I often wonder how many of these quiet heroes lie in fields throughout the world, pushing up beautiful flowers that are metaphorically paralleled in relation to their spirits. Popular society could learn a thing or two about true heroines. Heroes of a theatrical nature are merely portrayals, images that come and go, but heroes of the art of truth are seldom remembered but their seeds of bravery echo through time.

It is estimated that there are 27 million slaves in the world today as stated on the Amazing Grace website. There are most definitely more. Slaves of mindless entertainment rather than slaves forced into physical chores. In this case the echo that is timeless is found in a song that came from a time and lessons learned in the form of Amazing Grace. Let the praise of truth reign in your ears and not the temporary lie of visual slavery.

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