Movie evaluation: Jesus Revolution


The sixties, in case you weren’t there or have forgotten (take your choose!), have been an advanced time. It was a interval of upheaval, violence, competing ideologies, and revolution.

However in

Jesus Revolution

– based mostly on a real revolution, because the opening titles say – all of it appears so … easy. With the profit and the purported knowledge of hindsight, and a guide by Greg Laurie (performed within the movie by Joel Courtney), co-writer and co-director John Erwin presents the story of what

Time Journal

in 1971 dubbed “The Jesus Revolution.”

Laurie was one in every of a variety of younger folks drawn to a brand new evangelical Christian motion in California. Additionally central to the story, Lonnie Frisbee (Jonathan Roumie), who cultivated a beard-robe-and-sandals type and, when folks mentioned he appeared like Jesus, replied that he couldn’t consider anybody else he’d quite resemble.

Then there’s pastor Chuck Smith (Kelsey Grammer), a self-described “sq.” who sees in Lonnie and his ragtag group of mates a brand new flock of Christian converts, ready to be saved. Quickly, he and Lonnie are presiding over group Baptisms off the seashore at Pirate’s Cove – and, extra problematically, Lonnie is suggesting he has precise therapeutic powers.

It’s an uplifting story with some superb music, although it does file off a number of tough edges and sanitize a few of its characters’ human frailties, to the purpose the place the film itself appears to be attempting to proselytize. We see Laurie go from army pupil to drugged-out hippie to falling in love with Cathe (Anna Grace Barlow) and in addition her Church, although he worries at first that it might be “simply one other excessive” he’s chasing.

You’ll be able to Google the contributors if you wish to know the way it all turned out, warts and all. I’d solely add that, regardless of the stunning where-are-they-now finish credit, no revolution is ever really over.

Jesus Revolution opens Feb. 24 throughout Canada.

2.5 stars out of 5

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