Nearly, if not everyone, in my blogging “scene” who wants to see this, likely has. Still, it seems important to post a review on it for any readers here who might not have heard of this wonderful little film. To support the wonderful group of people behind Sherwood Pictures, my family bought a copy of Courageous post its release.
Courageous (2011) Film Review
It’s been years, and Nathan (Alex Kendrick) and Shane (Kevin Downes) are still the best buddies. They’ve watched each other’s children grow, gone to church together and work together as partners. As sheriff deputies, their sworn duty is to serve and protect the people of Georgia. Newcomer Nathan Hayes (Ken Bevel) transfers to their small southern town to raise his family in his former hometown; and rookie deputy David Thompson (Ben Davies) is assigned as Nathan’s partner.
Together the four of them form an easy-going friendship amidst the daily pressures of work. When tragedy strikes, it puts everything on hold for Nathan until he realizes how short life is; in the aftermath of his grief, an epiphany strikes that forces him to reevaluate what he means to be courageous.‘COURAGEOUS’ (2011). Review of the Sherwood Pictures ("Fireproof") film from the Kendrick brothers. #Movies #MovieArchives Click To Tweet
Each of the Kendrick brothers productions impress for different reasons but their third effort, Fireproof is considerably better (by production) than its predecessor. Although each movie has had inspiring messages, this one didn’t improve its editing or production, but is a touching picture of fatherhood. Even under tragic circumstances it puts so much into perspective. If there is an obvious flaw, it’s an inclination to move at such a slow pace. I think about halfway though it gets stuck in a kind of limbo. Fortunately for the sake of the script, it seems to gain momentum again before too much time passes, and presents an accurate picture of healing.
Maybe what impresses me most is the wide range it covers in each of the men’s lives. It covers nearly every fatherhood situation we can imagine; out-of-wedlock and divorced, and also fatherhood as God always intends it to be. Sad as it may be, it offers the story a chance to put forth more realism. Even with some of the other elements, all of it does work together for the greater good.
Given that most of the actors are local talent and members from the church of the producers (Stephen and Alex Kendrick), there are times when the acting is awkward and not “at ease” but this doesn’t stop the movie from capturing good. The screenplay isn’t as “polished” as it could be but because of its important message, you shouldn’t let this deter you. No matter what society or “experts” say, fathers are important in children’s lives and that is ultimately what this movie has to say. It has a lot of heart, and fun fact, Casting Crowns wrote the titular song, and it’s awesome. Courageous makes us think about fatherhood and life in general, and in today’s movie industry, that is saying something.
Content: there’s one stand-off between police and criminals [no blood but one man does get shot], the death of one character and the discovery that one man is stealing evidence from the police locker. Another person recounts his brief college romance that results in a child [he alludes to having wanted an abortion in his past]. The film is PG13.