You might be surprised that I’m telling you to buy a movie, but I am serious. Facing the Giants is the most excellent movie that we’ve seen in a looooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooong time. (get the picture?) It is a football movie, but it is so much more than that! This movie is funny, sad, and thought-provoking all wrapped up in one. It appeals to the "chick flick" side of the female while having enough testosterone to be a man’s movie too.
We were able to see a prescreening release of the DVD at our good friends church last night. (It is released later this week) In my opinion, this movie is far above The Nativity, The Passion or any other movie lately with any kind of theme, not just Christian.
The reason is many fold. The common theme throughout the movie is "with God all things are possible" This movie was made by a church in Albany, Georgia, not some big whig outfit in California, on a very low budget– $100,000. By human standards, this movie should have never gotten out of the gate. But the MPAA gave it a PG rating because of it’s religious nature and that opened a flood of interest. The actors are all members of or on the staff of the Sherwood Baptist Church, and did not get paid for their performances. I don’t know about you, but I am facinated by a church that would do something like this. Check out what Doug has to say about it.
The title Facing the Giants also has a double meaning. Several things knock this coach down and he must "face the giants" like David faced Goliath. The the state championship game is played against the "Giants"
This film is filled with prayer (several scenes involve the actors on their knees as they "face the giants" of life), scripture reading (in one scene the lead actor is standing in a grove of trees praying a Psalm to God) and total dependence upon God in everything– bad or good. Amazing. So many life lessons can be learned through this movie. I’m still chewing on it, and will be for some time.
If you haven’t seen this movie– reserve your copy and use it to teach your children the value of trusting in the Almighty.
Wouldn’t it be great if all these churches spending millions of dollars would take some of their funds and instead produced movies like this that get PG ratings, stir up interest and spread the gospel in the process?