I am republishing this review because the DVD is coMing out this Tuesday and I would like to alert everyone of this fact.
I recently saw the movie Courageous and, while I did not intend to write about it, I decided I had to share with others what transpired afterward. This is not going to be review (I haven’t been asked to review the book yet) of the movie. Rather, it is going to be more of a reaction piece. You can check out the 2 1/2 minute movie trailer below. For more information about the movie, you can check out the official website. You can like their fan page on Facebook.
I had heard nothing but great things from men like Randy Alcorn and others. I figured it would be a decent movie as I have enjoyed the movies that have come from the Kendrick brothers. I was not prepared for the giant leap in writing, production, acting, as well as the over all experience.
I legitimately experienced a wide-range of emotions sitting in the theater. I laughed–hysterically a number of times, I cried–three times that I can remember, and I white-knuckled my arm rests–too many times throughout. There were a few times that I could “predict” what was going to happen next, but there were more times I was stunned by what took place from scene to scene. You can tell that the Kendrick Brothers are maturing as writers and directors with each film.
The action started from the very beginning of the movie and continued through to the end. There were so many layers to the story that I believe watching it two or three times will not be too much.
What Transpired After
I called one of my close friends and asked if he wanted to see the 10:00 showing Sunday night. He is not a believer so I let him know that it was an overtly Christian movie but evidently has a very positive message and challenge for men. My friend is not yet married nor is he a father, but he longs to one day be both. Regardless, we went to the movie together not really knowing what to expect.
When we left the movie, we both commented that it was a really great movie and he said that I ought to warn him when I take him to a movie that makes him cry. We decided to go to Denny’s for a late-night snack (a tradition that dates back some 17 years for us) and some conversation.
The movie opened the door to some excellent conversation between the two of us. Though it was not about the gospel, it was about what it meant to be a man, a father, and a husband. Two hours later, we left (it was 2:45 AM). The next day (or should I say, later that day) we texted one another multiple times still talking about the impact of the movie. On my friend’s Facebook page, he wrote, “Every man Christian or not probably would do well to watch Courageous.”
Keep in mind, he is not a believer. In fact, he is one of the more anti-Christian’s I know (and yes, we are still very good friends).
I share all of this to let you know that this movie will have an impact on just about every man that watches it. If you are a pastor, I would recommend taking the men in your church to see this movie. If you are a youth pastor, I would recommend taking the fathers of the youth under your ministry. If you are a man, a father, or want to be a father, you need to go see this movie. Take your wife (if applicable) and make it a date night. You will not be sorry.