I watched this late last night with my hubby, long movie, well made, but wow...found it boring and hard to stay focused on, seemed like such a sad sad life. Made Rich Mullins sound like a very dreary person so inwardly focused and in pain that nothing else really mattered. But when I saw the clips of him at the end, he looked like a guy determined to let God be the focus on his life and to entertain people with his music. I found those opposing views difficult to sort out. Was he the man he portrayed himself to be on stage (as I saw also through youtube videos) , or was he the brooding drunk shown in the video Ragamuffin? Perhaps the answer lies in the middle ground. Perhaps he was a man with some deep struggles about how he was raised and was a man who was able to put his focus where it should be...on honestly portraying the God that he knew?
Not a video I'll be sharing with my nine year old, but it would be a good video to show to a youth group to generate some conversation about how you make life choices and live your life for God. Being honest about who you are and what you want. Being honest about your struggles and how you follow God through them. Learning to love God despite that struggles that you given in life.
Rich's theology left a bit to be desired, but he loved God and knew that God loved him by the end of the video. BUT WOW... I really really wish that people in his life knew how to just really talk to each other. Use the phone, use your voice. Just truly talk to each other. Don't leave it too late. TALK! So much would have been different for Rich and the people in his life if they just talked with each other.
Would I recommend the movie? Yes I think so. There are good themes to discuss and think about. It was good to gain another perspective on Rich Mullins and how he career progressed and his life with Christ. We all have struggles and we all need to learn how to deal with them. God helped Rich to learn and grow. it's a good thing that!
Release Date: 7/8/14
Run-Time: 137 minutes
Writer/ Director: David Schultz
Dove Seal: Faith-Based with Caution Suggested
Retail Price: $19.99
Distributor: Capitol Christian Distribution
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