Have You Seen Courageous? ($3.00 this weekend)

I have been asked this question a lot in the last couple of months. I haven't seen the movie, but I sure plan to. I haven't paid movie theater prices for a movie since the last Chronicles of Narnia film.

Almost all our of movie watching is at home, with a couple of trips a year to MOVIES10 in Henrietta (where every movie is $2.00 or less).

I wanted to let you know that it will be shown as a matinee only this weekend (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) at the Cinema Theater at South Clinton and South Goodman. The time is 3:45, but the cost is $3.00 per person (cash only). Check out the theater's website and notice the theater's history. It seems like a pretty unique place. It is a single screen theater that seats less than 300 and is clean. And the snacks are cheaper too (I've been told).

Have you seen Courageous? What are your thoughts?

There are mixed reviews on the movie. Here are some:

  1. First, the popcorn at the Cinema is AWESOME. The last time I was there, the guy told me they use real melted butter instead of a butter-like substance. 🙂 Also, there is a cat that hangs out in the theater.

    Over all, I enjoyed it. The message is excellent and the dialog was funny at times. The storyline was incredibly predictable and the cinematography wasn’t great…then again, I doubt anyone who goes to see this is expecting Indiana Jones.

    It’s worth a watch imo.

  2. We saw it, and found it a bit over-hyped. The message is good, but there is some obvious over the top emotional manipulation going on that made it feel sappy, and the acting is pretty low budget. My expectations were higher based on all the hype.

  3. Hope you are having a good day ~

    Yes, I saw it about a month ago since I do struggle w/ senioritis memory loss I’m not sure my critique will be the best but I thought it was excellent and had a very powerful message for the men in Christian homes.

  4. I realize that I’m about to go way over the top here, and no one probably cares quite enough to actually read this, but here we go…feel free to delete this if it’s too long or boring.

    I am predisposed to cringe whenever I hear of the most recent Christian film that is being released to theaters. However, I had found that “Fireproof” was good enough to merit a good look at “Courageous.” Here’s what I found (in case it’s helpful to anyone)…

    I was surprised by a lot of things:
    1. The film is remarkably funny. (Most of) the jokes actually work, and the comedic timing of the main actors in the film is quite good.

    2. “Courageous” was able to make a cynical moviegoer like me fall for their emotional scenes. I think I cried at two separate scenes, and I had walked into the movie steeling myself against falling for the tear-jerking scenes that are inevitable in any Christian movie.

    3. The Christian themes were shown and filmed with remarkable restraint. The structure of “Fireproof” was centered around the Gospel presentation in the middle, and that was clearly the point of the film, to drive the actors (and the audience) to that point. The message about marriage was secondary to that purpose. “Courageous,” I think, was really about fatherhood and the challenges that men in our society face today. Sure, there’s a moment when the Gospel is shared in the film, but it didn’t “take over” the story – and I thought that it fit right there.

    4. The action sequences were well-shot and actually held me in a bit of suspense. No huge explosions, or anything, but genuinely interesting. The opening scene was gripping, as was a chase scene towards the middle of the story.

    Okay, now for some of the issues I had with the movie:

    1. The story stretched the boundaries of “the probable,” but let’s not forget that the reason that a story makes it onto the silver screen is because it is remarkable in some way – we go to the movies to watch things that DON’T often happen to “normal” people. So, this didn’t really bother me much.

    2. The movie IS emotionally manipulative – it reminded us of a male movie version of a “women of faith” conference, where every horrible tragedy that could ever possibly happen to someone all happens in one two-hour movie. I went from laughing uproariously to crying over painful losses, sometimes within five minutes. Walking away, I felt drained and a bit jerked around like a puppet.

    3. (This is a minor one, but it irked me.) I can’t prove this, but I’m almost certain that they had the hispanic couple speak with a fake spanish accent. I have lived in South America, and spent a lot of time with people who live in the States who are of Hispanic origin – and I have never heard anyone speak English the way that that particular couple spoke English. The accent sounded like what an Anglo English-speaker IMAGINED a Mexican person would sound like who had moved to the States and learned English. I can’t wait until the DVD comes out and they have a “Behind-the-Scenes” featurette and you hear the Hispanic couple speak perfect English. But again, that’s a minor issue, it just irked me in an off-hand kind of way.

    All said, I was glad to pay full-ticket price to support a film that was well-made and represented values that I think are important. It was easily a B+ movie, and maybe even an A-.

    God bless, enjoy the film!


  5. YES!! I went to see it the day after it opened. IT WAS AWESOME!! LOVE, LOVED < LOVED IT!!!!!! Read the book too and it is almost exactly the same as the movie. SEE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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