The Redemption of Henry Myers
Network Premier: March 23rd, 2014
DVD release: June 10th, 2014
Dove Rating: 5 Stars for ages 12+
My Rating: 1 star for discerning audiences only
It was a better quality film than most Independent Christian Films I’ve seen. The acting was decent, the cinematography was good. It was watchable…which is definitely a step in the right direction production-wise but can also be alarming if the message isn’t good.
The Redemption of Henry Myers was a film I wanted to like–and did enjoy at first. All the right elements were in place: basic character development, a solid character arc, endearing protagonist with shady backstory, antagonists out to get main character, main character that has to make big decision, plot twist that escalates tension, gripping scenes of powerful emotion, and finally, the heart-warming redemption of the main character that we’ve been expecting since reading the movie’s title. But all of this marked by the simplicity and profound naiveté characteristic of a manuscript written by a thirteen-year old girl. I’ve read a few, so I should know–heck, I’ve written a few!
But what passes as naiveté in thirteen-year-old girls is bad theology in adults. We are called to a higher level of discernment and must sift and test even the films that at first seem “good.”
“O Christ What Burdens Bowed Thy Head” is a new favorite hymn of mine. It was written in the 19th century by the wife of a Scottish Pastor and in this version, is sung to a Scottish Bagpipe tune I am in love with but cannot for the life of me uncover a name for.
The song uses a variety of rich, evocative metaphors to depict the substitutionary atonement of Jesus Christ, causing us to reflect deeper on the truth we so glibly profess, “while we were still sinners Christ died for us”.
Beginning next week, you’re going to see changes in the structure and frequency of posts here on the Living in Heaven’s Shadow blog. I’m combining Friday’s Songs of Asaph posts with Wednesday’s book and film reviews, and am going to post every other week instead of every week.
I want to preserve quality over quantity. Each post represents weeks, often months, of developing, writing, and editing. Though it has worked short-term, I realize now that the eight-posts-a-month schedule I have used over the last five months is not maintainable long-term. A less rigorous schedule will help me to continue to provide the quality content you are accustomed to finding here.
Now here’s a question for you: do you prefer morning or afternoon posts? I want your feedback!
#15. The Reckoning
Thunderstorms come as vivid reminders to us that our God is a consuming fire, infinitely loving but also infinitely holy. We long for Him to show His face in this world but do we really understand what that would mean?