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Jesus Revolution

In 1968, a revival took place that launched what's been labeled The Jesus Movement. In 2023, this revival was the subject of a movie titled Jesus Revolution, Directed by Jon Erwin and Brent McCorkle and starring Joel Courtney, Anna Grace Barlow, Kelsey Grammer, and Jonathan Roumie.

Jesus Revolution is one of several Christian-based movies released in 2023, but in my opinion it was the best. Not only is it based on a true story about a well-known Christian figure (Greg Laurie), it tells it in a way that doesn't glorify anyone but God. Everyone involved made mistakes, but they didn't shy away from showing any of it. Major characters take drugs, the big pastor starts off being extremely judgmental, one of the leaders of the revival ends up having his ego get too big and tries to make it all about him, etc. And yet, this is the beginning of one of the largest Christian movements in modern times. It really shows that we are just human and imperfect, yet God uses us anyway.

Probably a weird thing to bring up, but I love that they use non-Christian songs from the time period. I noticed that usually in faith-based movies, they refuse to use secular music. Here's a playlist someone made with the songs from the movie. Basically, it's a mainstream Christian movie which manages to not lose it's Christian message. It even premiered at the famous Grauman's Chinese Theatre in LA!

That's always something I try to point out in these reviews, see if they have a good Christian message. I am pleased to say that it does! It is not only a good movie, but a good Christian movie. I watched it in theatre when it came out, and I just watched it again (on Netflix). I had a whole essay I was planning on posting, but I decided last minute against it. It's so new, and it's readily available. I don't want to spoil anything.

I am giving it my first 10 out of 10 of this series!


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