One perk of writing/blogging is that publishers and agencies find me and ask if I’ll take a look/listen/watch at their product and share my thoughts. Over the years I’ve read amazing books, some not-so-amazing. I’ve enjoyed uplifting music, and watched a variety of movies.
This time around, I was able to preview the animated movie coming to theaters across the country for two days only, The Pilgrim’s Progress. Based on the classic by John Bunyon, the movie follows Christian’s journey after he finds a book Faithful leaves behind, in search of the Celestial City.
Pilgrim’s Progress is probably the only allegory I’ve been able to understand and appreciate, so I really looked forward to this movie, and it did not disappoint. I was ready for the quality to be sub-par given it isn’t a Disney/Pixar film. Guess what? The colors were beautiful. The features I saw in background images, on the characters, in the surroundings were top-notch. The imagery matches the quality you would see in any animated movie.
The story also does the book justice. I thought it beautifully depicts the journey we go through as we seek a relationship with Christ. There are those who are excited to join us, only to turn at the first hint of adversity. Our fears overwhelm us. Temptation comes at every turn. The paths that look so pretty and easy are usually full of regret. I can’t say enough about how I was able to reflect on my own faith and how accurate the movie was. It really was moving.
As of this writing, I haven’t seen the rating or age range they are hoping to reach. I will say that I would not recommend this for young children. The evil represented is scary. I tried to think if my first-grader nephew would be able to watch, and I think he could, and I think he’d understand Christian’s journey. There are humorous parts for all ages to giggle at, and we did. But definitely take their sensitivity into mind as there are demons at work and their agenda is very clear.
The Pilgrim’s Progress will be available at theaters nationwide April 18 and 20. I think watching this is a wonderful way to celebrate Easter, and I suggest getting a group together. I think you will leave the theater uplifted, inspired, and hopefully on a journey of your own.
I’d love to help you have an opportunity to celebrate this movie. Leave a comment on this post and if you are a US or Candadian citizen, you will be entered to win a copy of The Pilgrim’s Progress illustrated storybook. I’m choosing three winners for this.
Wait, I’m not done! If you live in the US, I’m also choosing three winners to receive two tickets to see The Pilgrim’s Progress. Make sure you leave a valid email in case you are chosen.
That’s six winners! Three will receive the book, three receive two tickets. Wow!
Here’s a trailer so you can see for yourself:
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