(As seen on Inkwell Inspirations)
I don't think I've written a movie review before. Anywhere. Ever.
In fact, now would probably be a good time to confess that I'm not the
biggest movie fan. I rarely feel like there's enough time to connect
with the characters and so prefer TV series and novels.
But this movie is an exception on so many levels, and I really want to
help spread the word. Not only did I quickly connect with these
characters and want to join them for the ride, I enjoyed every minute of
it. This movie touched me deeply. I cried throughout. It moved me, and
it made me think. With the possible exception of the big Hollywood
movies like The Blind Side and The Chronicles of Narnia,
I've never seen such a fine Christian film. The cinematography was
stunning. The acting was great. And the story was powerful. Add in an
awesome sound track by some of my favorite bands, and I was one
About a year ago, a friend of mine, Cecil Stokes, told me that he was
going to be a producer for a movie that would tell the story of an
abortion survivor. This is not really mentioned in the previews, but I
think that detail is one that Christians will want to know about. For
the daring subject matter alone, this movie is worth seeing. When the
heroine is undergoing unexplained physical and psychological symptoms,
her parents are forced to finally admit to her that she was adopted
after surviving a failed abortion. Along with her hunky co-star, she
takes off on a journey of discovery to try to make sense of her life.
The intense issue is dealt with in a sensitive matter without falling
into preaching or didacticism. Which is pretty amazing. The message is
carried through the emotion of the actors more so than through any
indicting speech against abortion. In addition to the pro-life emphasis,
the movie also portrays a lovely story of healing, forgiveness and
hope. A subplot of the movie addresses control, which is an important
issue I find often overlooked in Christian circles where "submission" of
children, wives, and parishoners is often stressed without any
balancing teaching on the dangers of a controlling and domineering
To me everything about this movie was just lovely and perfect.
Surprisingly (or maybe not), it didn't fare well with some of the big
national reviewers, and so I would like to address this as well. While
everyone said the cinematography, lead actress, and supporting actress
Jasmine Guy were amazing, and even admitted that the movie avoided being
preachy, it seemed that overall these reviewers didn't "get it." The
primary complaint was that the script wasn't strong and fell apart in
the middle. I disagree. And so do the millions of Christians who put it
in the top ten during it's first week in the box office. The reviewers
said there were too many "coincidences." But of course, they don't
understand that in the lives of praying believers such "coincidences,"
also known as miracles, are normal, even expected. God at work in the
lives of man is reality to us.
In this story, God didn't just fix everything, the heroine had her own
tough decisions to face, but God did guide her along her path to the
people and information she needed. Another complaint was that the comic
characters on the road trip were unneccessary. I would say unneccessary
or not, they were funny and endearing and brought an extra sparkle to
the film. Many Christian movies are too issue driven and on the nose. I
felt the road trip scenes gave a great coming of age feel to this story,
which were very believable in the life of a homeschooled Christian
girl. In fact, I loved the way Christians were portrayed in the movie in
general. Broken, flawed, and utterly human, yet filled with a hope in
something greater than themselves.
This film has an awesome ending, that will not only leave you encouraged and satisfied, but sighing as well.
And when you go see it (and you need to) be sure to stick around for the
closing credits. You will get an "extra" that you won't soon forget in
the form of an amazingly touching testimony by one of the actresses.
After watching this movie I remembered that I've cried my way through
pretty much every well-made Christian film that I've seen. Because they
have something secular reviewers don't understand. The anointing of the
In closing, I also mentioned that this movie made me think, which I
wouldn't have guessed possible since it concerns a subject I've already
given a tremendous amount of thought to. The part that struck me,
though, was when the director shares in the closing credits that they
wanted to be sensetive and bring healing to the "post-abortive mother."
Those are strong words. Again, without being preachy, those simple words
reminded me that an abortion does not stop you from being a mother. It
only changes whether you are the mother to someone who is dead or alive.
A big congratulations to Cecil and everyone involved in this movie for
bringing God's beauty to the earth and advancing His kingdom through
this powerful film.
Have you seen October Baby? What thoughts and feelings did it leave
you with? What Christian films have touched you the most and why? What
Christian films have not worked for you and why?