Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Amazing Grace

Most films about events in history are sometimes as dull and lifeless as learning them in history class. Of course there are those that make history lessons pale in comparison.

Does Michael Apted's Amazing Grace fit into that category? Oh, absolutely. It's about a rather crucial moment in history, and seeing the many differing opinions is fascinating to watch. That, and it's remarkable material.

The star of Amazing Grace is Ioan Gruffudd, more familiar to audiences from Fantastic Four. Here, he is, well, fantastic. He walks the thin line harboring between devotion and madness. It's a very bold part to play, especially for a period piece.

The supporting cast is definitely an impressive roster. Some of the actors include Albert Finney, Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Gambon, Romola Garai and Rufus Sewell. They're all great and I don't dare to choose favorites. (It's always a good sign when the supporting cast is as great as the star.)

Amazing Grace is, well, amazing. Usually films about history (especially British history) would bore me to death. But Apted shows that if you get the right actors cast, then you've got a film pretty much anyone will watch. And that's what this film was to me.

My Rating: *****

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