War Flowers Movie Review: A Tale of Sorrow and Hope

War Flowers

War Flowers: A Tale of Sorrow and Hope 

The historical-drama film War Flowers deals with emotions from the perspective of a soldier’s wife and daughter. Set during the Civil War, Sarabeth and daughter Melody stayed at farmland. Sergeant John Ellis who owned this farmland joined the Confederate Army.

The story began with a brief scene of a shooting. Melody appeared by the windowpane wishing for his father to come home soon. Every child whose father is a soldier can relate to Melody’s longingness for a father’s presence. There’s always that special bond between a father and daughter. It was her doll and bear that connects her with her father. It kept her in believing that he will return.

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There were several poignant scenes in the movie. Sarabeth has shown us her sorrow while reading her brother’s letter. She was looking for news about John. Another heartbreaking scene was when her baby Isaac died, and Melody saw how it broke her heart. The pain runs deep for a wife. She is uncertain about her husband’s fate. She’s a mother who is unable to save her baby from sickness while he was out at war.

These scenes explain why Melody kept the truth about her father’s death so her mother can continue to hope that he will be coming back for them. Apart from food shortage, there’s an unruly neighbor Rufus and soldiers who passed on their land while exchanging bullets in the air. Sarabeth needed to have the will to secure their safety and Melody made sure to remind her that the Lord is taking care of them.

Other notable characters were that of Gen. Mcintire and his son Lt. Louis. When his two sons fell in a close encounter, he told Louis he can give his life for the cause but does not want his remaining son to die at war. In an incident, one gentleman shot Louis. He was wounded and end up where Sarabeth is staying. Upon reaching back the Union line, his father ordered his men not to allow his son to cross the line again. The General knew that duties lead to repercussions while they fight in battle. In this case, a father only wanted to spare his son’s life.

What Sarabeth and Louis shared in their brief togetherness is a decent affection for each other. She knew her boundaries as a married woman, and he was a gentleman who respected the fact that both woman and child belongs to another man. Only after Melody confirmed her father’s death were they able to acknowledge looking forward to a future together. Sarabeth was a woman of dignity despite the hardships she faced. Louis was an honorable man.

The film War Flowers resonates to time for sorrow and a time for hope, a chapter in life that ends as the war ends and a new one begins.

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In His Steps: A Commitment to Follow Christ

In His Steps

In His Steps: A Commitment to Follow Christ

This 2013 Christian film In His Steps has a simple plot. What is not so simple is the impression that the film leaves on the viewers. It tells a story about the different personalities of people who go to the same church and listen to the same sermon every Sunday.

The church practice may have been the same but the difference is the impact His words bring to life those who took preaching to their hearts. Thus, the theme of this film is applying the words and teachings of Jesus into our daily lives.

Jack is a homeless man who came to the town of Raymond seeking a possible way of living and not alms. He went out to seek for help but he was turned down and pushed away. His life ended abruptly after questioning the churchgoers about what Jesus would do.

Jack’s situation tells us that we seek hope and refuge among the people around us. When disappointment and loneliness hit its rock bottom, it cuts the cord of life in our being. Death from within is far more painful than physical hurt. Hope that is lost is synonymous to losing the meaning of existence.

Following Jack’s death, Pastor Henry decided to challenge the congregation to follow in the steps of Jesus before taking any action or decision in their lives. Guilt was the driving force of this act. We can relate to that. Guilt from mistakes we have made pushes us to self-commit into doing something that may absolve us from it.

This Christian Film has given the audience a reflection of what it is like to be torn between circumstances and standing up for faith. The characters demonstrate why and how each of them shall embody the standards of Jesus after pledging their commitment.

Rachel turned down a singing contract offer and was bashed online. Alex adjusted quotation rates in his business to a more fair range to his co-worker’s dismay. He was also firm in disciplining his daughter Celia who goes home late due to peer pressure. Virginia volunteered to help in a feeding program at the Rectangle where she met Loreen who ran away from her abusive boyfriend. Scared and pregnant, Virginia took her home in spite of her grandmother’s protests. Jasper’s cowardice led to Loreen being taken with force by her boyfriend and in a heated argument. Loreen’s life ended when she fell off the stairs after being hit.

These scenes tell us that there will always be people who will contradict us and be displeased in what we do no matter how good our intentions are. Decisions we make in life may lead to varying outcomes, sometimes for the better and at other times, the result may oppose what we wanted but we derive lessons from them. Following the principles of Christianity is a life-long journey and our guide is His Steps.

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The Passion of the Christ and Its Essence to Christian Faith

Passion of the Christ

The Passion of the Christ

The much talked about as the most violent and controversial film in 2004 is The Passion of the Christ. The story walks us through the part in the Bible that describes the suffering and pain in the remaining hours of Jesus Christ on the day he was crucified in Jerusalem. From the moment of his handover to the Roman guards until his death on the cross, the horrendous beatings were vividly reenacted right before our very eyes. The faith based christian movie provided a visualization of Jesus’ suffering that left a powerful message for its audience. It allowed a deeper sense for us to ponder why and how Jesus’ death is essential to redeem the sinners of this world.

For this review, let’s focus on scenes where we can pull life lessons and connect them to Christian faith.

The scene in the Garden of Gethsemane showed us an example of how to wholeheartedly pray to God in the midst of a life crisis. No one gets exempted from fighting our own demons that come in different faces. In this film, Satan was played by a female. The way she tempted Jesus showed her envy and jealousy of his significance to God the Father. Her pride tested Jesus to submit to her which he successfully resisted. It is in the same manner that believers can use the power of prayer to overthrow the demons that corrupt our daily lives. It may also come through to us in the form of the seven deadly sins that by faith, we can also resist.

Judas’ behavior is common among us. He is vulnerable, easily swayed to take the safer side for himself without consideration for others and later, becomes remorseful due to guilt. Meanwhile, Peter’s impulsive actions when he cuts off the ear of the Roman guard Malchus and denying knowing Jesus in the crowd in the Temple showed us cowardice when caught up in the middle ground. By embedded faith, both behavior we can put under self-control before we plunge into unfavorable situations.

The Roman governor Pontius Pilate and Jewish high priest Caiaphas represent like modern day clashes between the State and the Church. They will always oppose each other as to who has the final say when it comes to deciding for the people under their hands. Their decisions may impact our place in a society. However, it is still our walk of faith that guides and guards us to become an effective model of Christianity.

Overall, the film was able to send an impactful meaning of Christian faith through Jesus Christ’s suffering, pain and death on the cross. Overcoming death meant overpowering the wages of sin in mankind.

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