I’ve been looking recently for more movies that are historical in nature but that deal with history in a Christian context. I feel that Christianity is becoming marginalized in our society and that, as it does, history has been revised to make Christians less of a prominent voice in our society. So, when I received the opportunity to review Faith of Our Fathers, I thought it was a good chance to take a look at a time of our history that I don’t know quite a much about (the Vietnam war) through the lens of the filmmakers.
About the Movie
John Paul and Wayne are two young men in search of their fathers. Problem is…their fathers have been dead for 25 years. Eddie and Steven are two young men in search of their sons…whom they’ve never met. In 1969, Eddie and Steven are with their squad deep in the jungle of Vietnam on a five-day mission to retrieve fallen comrades. They write letters to their wives, often mentioning their love for their sons, one, who is an infant and one yet to be born. In 1994, John Paul and Wayne go on a five day road trip to the Vietnam Wall in Washington DC to see their fathers’ names. Along the way, reading those letters, they begin to get an understanding of who their fathers were and how they died. Trials and mishaps, both funny and sad, complicate the road trip for the boys. The horrors of war and the testing of faith manifest themselves for the young men in Vietnam. Ultimately, in parallel stories – 25 years apart – the fathers and sons are bound together forever.
My Opinion on the Movie
This movie was little uneven to me. I really loved the wartime flashbacks and the building of the story of the war, but the 1990s setting with John Paul and Wayne falls a little flat for me. Both of them, as characters are slightly stereotypical and not as well developed as they could be, making their interactions not hit the emotional pitch for me that I think that the filmmakers were going for.
However, the film was pleasant, and I enjoyed the storyline. My eight year old and my Hubby sat and watched it with me, and my eight year old really got sucked into the storyline, and she enjoyed it very much. The things that seemed stereotypical or bland to me didn’t seem that way to her. She really “got” the message of the movie.
I think part of my problem was that I was hoping for a little more of the war and backstory between the fathers than the movie gives, so to find that the movie was dominated by the road trip and the 1990s characters was a disappointment. It does make a great statement about fathers, about the power of faith, and about how these affirmations can change a life. So, even though I wouldn’t consider it PureFlix’s best film, it is definitely a film worth viewing.
Don’t just take my opinion for it though, why don’t you watch it for yourself? I’m giving away a copy, and it could be to you!! If you want to enter, just leave me a copy. A simple “hi” would do, but if you want to leave me a comment about something that your father did that has helped you grow in your faith, I’d love to be able to read those comments. Giveaway ends November 12, 2015 and is valid in the United States and in Canada!!
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