The Redemption of Henry Myers (2014)

March 22, 2014 6 Comments
Remember all of those wholesome Janette Oke movies – you
know the ones based on her popular ‘Love Comes Softly’ saga? If you were a fan,
a small glimpse of that is revived in this family driven drama.
Running from his former outlaw partners isn’t something
Henry Myers (Drew Waters) planned on. His hiding place has been found out forcing
him again flee living a lifeless existence haunted by a past that he cannot
outrun but desperately wants peace from. Barely escaping his fate and with a
gunshot wound in the back, he is taking in by a widow, Marilyn (Erin Bethea, Fireproof) and her two children. Brought
back to full health by the kind family, Henry isn’t sure what to make of their
resilient lifestyle, especially after their loss. Through it all, Marilyn holds
her family together with faith and forgiveness, something Henry begins to
believe in for himself until again his life is upset by a secret that will
shake him.
When I was a kid, I binge watched westerns – John Wayne, Little House on the Prairie, Janette
Oke, you name it and I was in for movie night. These days, I’m not as keen for
a rip roarin’ old-fashioned western but that doesn’t mean I don’t like one on
occasion. This movie is a more pleasant journey to the old West in the
tradition of ‘Little House’ or Bonanza
full of wholesome, moral values that any family looking for an adventures
journey back in time will be sorry to miss.
The one flaw – or my personal gripe (that I don’t mean to
harp on) that I often find in modern television westerns is the dialogue seems
a mix of modern versus old phrases and because of that contemporary uses of
words seems to stand out all the more. Second to that in this film specifically
is how and who finds out some of Henry’s secrets – I understand why the story
revealed what it did to characters but because of the hostility of this
character, it’s difficult to accept that in one harrowing experience he’d have
suddenly accepted such a future. Driving this script is its themes of poignancy,
redemption and forgiveness – learning to let go of what is holding us in the
past and realizing that just because mistakes may have ruled our life, and it
doesn’t mean that in repentance we cannot find or feel God’s forgiveness and
acceptance. Because of how wonderfully this film strives to be a
breath-catching western that families can view together!
It’s most prized significance is its theme and it’s a source
of gratefulness to discover hidden gems of a film that take the time to gift
viewers with Truth – or even to “confront” us with it, and this film has
certainly slowed down focus on exciting sequences to offer an alternative on
how we usually watch this genre.
Catch the premiere of The Redemption of Henry Myers tonight on Hallmark Movie Channel Sunday March 23rd! View the promotional video below
(Parental review: there are some minor gunfights and a man is accidentally shot in a botched bank robbery – there is little or no blood.)

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  • Faith March 24, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    I must admit, I've seen all the Love Comes Softly saga. hehe. I guess I'm a sucker for westerns. At least modernly made ones (I can't get into the old black and white ones. They're just too slow.) The movie sounds intriguing. I may have to put this on my eventually-to-watch-in-the-future-list, ;)

    • Rissi March 24, 2014 at 10:21 pm

      As have I, Faith. The first was my very favorite. :)

      I used to love watching old westerns and in fact went through a John Wayne phase though now I'm not as interested. Still, every now and again, this genre is nice to watch.

  • Renee (SteelerGirl83) March 24, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    This looks interesting! I love historical and period films and other than BBC/PBS miniseries' there's not much selection. I'm glad that Hallmark is going for it with this and the Love Comes Softly series. Thanks for sharing, Rissi! I always enjoy your reviews. :-)

    • Rissi March 24, 2014 at 10:26 pm

      It was, Renee. Its message was its best asset and that is what made it so great. I agree, it is fun to discover American productions beyond that of BBC or PBS (though really there is a reason those are so loved ;D). Happy watching if/when you watch it – I think it would entertain a lot of Love Comes Softly fans.

      Thanks for visiting, Renee! You are always welcome and I'm glad to "see" you here again. :)

  • Courtney Clark March 25, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    I'll start by saying I am a big fan of westerns: John Wayne, Bonanza, Little House, and even modern ones like this. I grew up watching them – and I still do :) Blame it on my parents.

    I really liked The Redemption of Henry Myers. I agree with you, Rissi, that some of the modern dialogue thrown in to newer westerns can throw you off. Part of the "charm" of westerns comes with old-timey words and phrases. But, I think the sets and costumes were nicely authentic. And the faith-centered story was really refreshing and a welcome addition to that genre.

    • Rissi March 25, 2014 at 10:31 pm

      I used to be right there with you, Courtney but I think I sort of "grew out" of the western genre. Nonetheless there are a select few I could watch anytime and of course, Little House on the Prairie is a classic. Does that ever get old!? :)

      For some reason mixing modern language in an old-time western-esque movie is a pet peeve, and I think because of their budget, oftentimes BBC/PBS series don't fall into this trap. (I love what you say about the charm of this genre – exactly how I feel.) That being said, there was a lot of good about this film and best of all, it offered an alternative to how we usually think of the genre (gunfights, etc.) and has a message many need to hear. Glad you liked this one! And that you shared your impressions.

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