Amazing Grace, based on the life of antislavery pioneer William Wilberforce. Ioan Gruffudd plays Wilberforce, who, as a Member of Parliament, navigated the world of 18th Century backroom politics to end the slave trade in the British Empire.
Albert Finney plays John Newton, a confidante of Wilberforce who inspires him to pursue a life of service to humanity. Benedict Cumberbatch is William Pitt the Younger, England’s youngest ever Prime Minister at the age of 24, who encourages his friend Wilberforce to take up the fight to outlaw slavery and supports him in his struggles in Parliament.
Elected to the House of Commons at the age of 21, and on his way to a successful political career, Wilberforce, over the course of two decades, took on the English establishment and persuaded those in power to end the inhumane trade of slavery.
Romola Garai plays Barbara Spooner, a beautiful and headstrong young woman who shares Wilberforce’s passion for reform, and who becomes his wife after a whirlwind courtship. Youssou N’Dour is Olaudah Equiano. Born in Africa and sent as a slave to the Colonies, Equiano bought his freedom and made his home in London, where he wrote a best-selling account of his life and became a leading figure in the fight to end the slavery of his fellow countrymen.
Based on a true story, “Amazing Grace” is one of those fabulous films in every way! There are some real gems in this film and some very powerful moments when you see William Wilberforce in action you realize how much one person can really do to change things and how much sacrifice must be made to do so. This is a high recommendation especially since it’s based on truth. I would also recommend reading a book about William Wilberforce as well to learn more about him and all he accomplished. He trusted God and I long to have that trust in God no matter what is going on around me! Some highlights:
- This movie makes you want to stand up for all injustices in the world.
- The statement do you want to use your beautiful voice to praise the Lord or change the world? We CAN do both.
- The quote, “God sometimes does His work in gentle drizzles”
- And the reminder that men were created equal and are still equal in His eyes. Shouldn’t we be the same – treating everyone equally. Loving unconditionally EVERYONE, as God intended us to.
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