Movie Review: A Man For All SeasonsQuick Plot Summary: Winner of Best Picture 1966, this is based on the true story of Sir Thomas More's refusal to bow in agreement to Henry VIII's divorce and remarriage.
Suggested Ages: 11+
This movie, which is a well-made film from 1966, showcases a man (Thomas More) who was willing to suffer and die for his convictions...namely that God's law superceded man's law.
Now whether all of his convictions as espoused in the film are solid convictions is a matter of debate. As one who is not a Catholic, I take issue with some of his central claims and beliefs. However, this film is an excellent showcase of what it really means to believe in what you say you believe. It showcases what it means to stand alone when everyone else (even those claiming the same "faith" you do) are willing to compromise. At the end of the day, this film is worthwhile because it showcases how with most people, personal convictions are something that they are willing to "modify" to suit what peer pressure dictates, but that a man of true courage and nobility is one who will stand for their convictions even when not popular and even if it may cost them their life (here).
In this film, the difference between gaining the whole world and losing your soul vs. losing the world (your life) but gaining your soul is clearly shown. More realizes that death comes for all, but faithfulness to God and His standards are what matters.
You should know that there is a tiny bit of bad language in this film where the Lord's name is taken in vain. I don't like it and it definitely bothered me, but in a way it further shows the difference between those that are "religious" and willing to compromise and the counter to that as showcased in More. As for kids watching this film, I would say most under the age of 11 or so would probably be bored silly with this movie, plus the divorce/remarriage theme with the King having married his brother's wife and the other more adult themes/issues this film showcases, etc. make this more a film for older kids and adults. There's a lot of things in this movie that can make for some great discussion after watching.
Reviewed by Christopher Long,