Sunday, January 04, 2009
About the Movie:
On the day of her granddaughter's departure to California -- in the company of her rock musician boyfriend -- Elizabeth Leroy Bishop (Cheryl Ladd) tries to tell her the story of how she came to spend her life in the town of Three Rivers, and the rewards she has received from that life. We flash back to 1950, just after Elizabeth's mother died of cancer -- of college age, Elizabeth (Amy Grabow) comes home to live with her physician father (Christopher Allport), and meets the young associate pastor Ben Phillips (Brad Rowe), who is newly arrived in town. Elizabeth is heavily involved with the life of the church, and the two quickly become friends and more. Ben eventually asks Elizabeth to marry him; but first he must fulfill his obligation as a minister, to serve as an army chaplain in Korea. A series of tragedies test Elizabeth's faith over the ensuing 50 years, and just as she reaches a point of beginning to understand what she sees as God's plan for her, two unexpected events await.
This was a powerful and emotionally evocative movie that makes you really think about how God uses everything in our lives for our good, even stuff that doesn't make sense to us at the time we're going through it. I read the book when it first came out and it was fabulous. God really used it to show me some things I would not have learned any other way. It ranked (at that time) high on my list of all time favorite books. Well, usually the movie is not as good as the book. In this case this movie is just as good, if not better than the book. Unlike some inspirational films (no offense) the acting was really good and there was nothing "cheesy" in this movie. And one of the heroes was more good-looking than Brad Pitt. I know, I know, it's hard to believe, but I saw him with my own two eyes. His real first name is Brad (the actor who looks like Pitt). That in and of itself is enough reason to check out this movie. (Sheesh, that sounded superficial.) Okay, there are some touching scenes and stuff that will stir your heart. Seriously, it's an amazing romance with a deep message that will stick with you. I loved the historical setting for the majority of the film, too. I can't say enough good things about this movie. I could watch it over and over and still enjoy it.