The Gospel Reviews
On this trip I got to see two older movies that I hadn't seen before.
Hotel Rwanda was quite good. If nothing else, the film was heartwrenching. It's so difficult to see those types of films because of the suffering people went through. But it's good that it had a happy ending despite the circumstances. It's interesting that they showed very little of the violence outside the hotel. It's always there but it's just never in your face. I'd assume that most people know the gory details of what happened in Rwanda. So by not focusing on the brutal violence they could focus more on the main character. In contrast there's the HBO movie, Sometimes in April. That picture showed a great deal of the violence as it followed the main character. Therefore drawing focus away from the character and to the violence. Hotel Rwanda was an excellent film and well deserving of the nominations and awards.
The other movie I watched was The Gospel. A pretty much standard retelling of the prodigal son story. Most of the events were predictable. The acting was good considering they were working with not at all complex characters. The flipping back and forth between scenes was a bit odd. I've seen it before and I've never really cared for it unless it was very necessary. In this case it wasn't and it confused the transitions from scene to scene. The only thing really exceptional was the soundtrack.