Monday, November 2, 2015

Movie Monday: Faith of Our Fathers (review and giveaway)

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this DVD, free of charge, from Propeller Consulting, LLC,for review purposes on this blog.Many thanks to them for also providing the additional prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners are made randomly via the form used, and any stated opinions above are 100% my own and NOT influenced by any compensation received.



And now for a movie that starts in Louisiana, 
but takes it characters to places they weren't expecting...




Synopsis:


John Paul and Wayne are two young men in search of their fathers.  Problem is...their fathers have been dead for 25 years.  Eddie and Steven are two young men in search of their sons...whom they've never met.  In 1969, Eddie and Steven are with their squad deep in the jungle of Vietnam on a five-day mission to retrieve fallen comrades.  They write letters to their wives, often mentioning their love for their sons, one, who is an infant and one yet to be born.  In 1994, John Paul and Wayne go on a five day road trip to the Vietnam Wall in Washington DC to see their fathers' names.  Along the way, reading those letters, they begin to get an understanding of who their fathers were and how they died.  Trials and mishaps, both funny and sad, complicate the road trip for the boys.  The horrors of war and the testing of faith manifest themselves for the young men in Vietnam.  Ultimately, in parallel stories - 25 years apart - the fathers and sons are bound together forever.  


Starring: 
Stephen Baldwin, Kevin Downes, David A.R. White, Rebecca St. James, Si Robertson, Candace Cameron Bure, Scott Whyte, and Sean McGowan.


Special Features of the DVD:
-The Heart of Faith of Our Fathers
-Honoring Father's Day
-Commemorating Memorial Day
-Si Robertson Interview
-Stephen Baldwin Interview



Check out the Trailer





Review:

This is a very touching movie, and a very important one to share with your kids and grandkids. Perhaps because I can remember the war images from TV, which were unprecented at that time, and my college thesis final paper (aka mini dissertion) was on how the Vietnam Veterans suffered psychologically and how Vietnam War movies sought to bring what they suffered to mainstream understanding, seeing the Vietnam Memorial Wall being built had more meaning to me. For my father, having lost men, having been shot down and getting out alive, he knew the sacrifices that truly were made on the ground, and the Wall was an authentic symbol to the grief and PTSD he still has. 

This movie wants to bring those feelings and emotions to generations, who did not have the first hand experience, and only understand it from war games and TV news that makes war entertainment, not a harsh reality, but get to understand it via Wayne and John Paul. There is a generation of kids who will get to watch this movie when they are older, and who may see similarities between Vietnam and Iraq and how they lost their parents, and I think this movie will last and be there to help them as well.  There is a lot of humor in the movie, but it helps to offset the dark and heavy subject matter of the war and its after affects. How they both come to faith, is the ultimate reward of the movie. And yes, you will need a box of tissuefor the end, but it is a movie that you will be glad you got to see and it is perfect for sharing with your kids and parents alike. Don't miss this one!



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Giveaway;


One BTHM reader will get to win this wonderful DVD to share with their family!



15 comments:

  1. I feel honesty is the most important. thankyou, ken pohl19@comcast.net

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  2. I would keep this for myself. thankyou, ken pohl19@comcast.net

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  3. I think it is important for kids to learn about honesty and love of country. Cheryl Abdelnour cjabdelnour@hotmail.com

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  4. I would keep this for our family. Cheryl Abdelnour cjabdelnour@hotmail.com

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  5. I think Hope is very important for kids to have. They need to be able to dream and have hope when things get tough. I always believe you take one day at a time as you never know what tomorrow may bring.I hope my daughter feels the same way.

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  6. I would give this to my daughter and husband to watch as a family.

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  7. I would watch it, then take it to our community center, We have a very small library there, where books, magazines and videos can be borrowed. Everything is run on donation.

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  8. I believe honesty is the most important character trait that kids need to learn today.

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  9. I think it is important to be kind and loving.

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  10. This will be for my son's family.

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  11. I think honesty is so important and I would give this as a Christmas gift.

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  12. Honesty.
    I would love it for my family.

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