Wednesday, March 28, 2018

SLICE #28- A perfect movie for Easter week

I love going to the movies.

Even though I know it's much more economical to wait until they come out on Netflix.

I don't care, I really love going to the theater.

Today I had lunch with Claudia, a friend that I hadn't seen for a long time.

It was a cloudy, rain/snow-any-second kind of day. We caught up on each other's lives, kids, work, etc. and then decided that since the weather wasn't very nice, we would walk across the street to the movies.

Yesterday, Jennifer at I Hablo EspaƱol, blogged about how much she had enjoyed the movie PAUL, about the last days of the Apostle Paul, and his relationship with Luke, another one of the disciples. That one happened to be playing at the theater we went to, so that's the one we went to see.

Jennifer was right, it was really, really powerful.

At the point when the movie starts, Paul is an old man, imprisoned in Rome, for allegedly burning down half of the city. The Christians in the city are undergoing great persecution, and have basically gone into hiding. Luke, one of Paul's closest friends, sneaks into the city, so that he can visit Paul. He convinces Paul that are parts of his life story that have not been told, and scribes as Paul tells those stories.

There''s a lot more to the movie than that, though. It's a movie, as Jennifer said in her post, about the power of love. She said it way better than I could:
But my favorite thing about the movie was its overarching message of the power of love. Intentional, difficult, relentless love. Love in the face of evil and hatred. Love when you don't feel like loving. Love, even especially when it's hardest to love.
I don't want to say a lot more (I already erased one paragraph because I thought it gave away too much of the movie), but I'd definitely recommend this movie.  I want to see PAUL again, but I want to see it with a notebook, so I can write down some of the really powerful lines. And I want to go back to my Bible read the book of Acts, because I think I will read it differently having seen the movie.

Definitely a perfect way to spend a snowy, rainy afternoon, during the week preceding Easter.


Diane Anderson said...

Glad to read this. I am thinking this will be good for me on Good Friday. My church doesn’t have a Good Friday service, so sometimes I visit another church... this movie sounds like going to church.

Whitney said...

It sounds like you had a wonderful and uplifting afternoon. Thanks for sharing.

Michelle said...

I read Jennifer's post and saw your comment about seeing the movie too. So happy you did. I think my husband and I are going to see it soon too! Perhaps I will read Acts beforehand. Thanks for the suggestion.

Ramona said...

I hadn't even heard about this movie. I would love to see it. Maybe it's one to catch on Netflix so you can pause it and write down those quotes. I'm like you. I still like going to the theater. Glad you saw such a great movie with a friend on your weather-wasn't-very-nice day.

Cathy said...

Carol, I had to smile at your preference for the movie theater. My husband is the same way. He could go to the movie every week. For a long time, I thought it was about the popcorn, but I've learned he just really likes to watch movies on the big screen. I, actually, am more of a Netflix girl. My movie taste is unfortunately narrow and sitting still is a bit of a challenge. At home, I can pause and roam. You do remind me, there is something about a movie theater in which the story surrounds you. It also is the perfect way to handle a rainy-snowy day.

Dani said...

Thank you for the movie recommendation, Carol. I saw this was playing here where I live, and considered asking my husband about going. Happy Easter to you!

Karen said...

First of all, thank you for recommending a movie I had not heard of; it's definitely on my radar now. Like you, I appreciate a movie more when I'm at the theater, but for notebook purposes, Paul might be better watched at home.