I don't get to the movies nearly as often as I would like, but this week, I've gone twice... and to the same movie no less. On Thursday 10th November 2011, the movie "Courageous" opened in cinemas throughout Australia. From all I had seen and read, I had high expectations, and I was not disappointed. On Thursday evening, I took my two eldest sons... my eldest son Brandon (17 years) to my Left, and my second eldest son Isaac (15 years) to my right. The following morning I took my wife Melissa. We all loved watching "Courageous" and discussing it as a family afterwards.
So what did we love about "Courageous"? Well first and foremost the story. There's not too many movies you can take your family to these days, that have a storyline quite as compelling, and containing such noble and honourable themes, as "Courageous" does. And speaking about compelling... the first time I watched it, I expected that the movie must have only gone for approximately 90 or 100 minutes, because it flew by so quickly... but when I looked down at my watch, I realised that it had gone for over 2 hours, and not once did I get restless during the movie.
And of course I loved the themes! This is what makes me most come alive... raising the awareness of the destructive nature of "fatherlessness"... or absent fathering... even when Dad is still in the home... upon our children, upon our families, upon our society. And those responsible for "Courageous" did it so well... creatively through the use of a great story and a diverse range of great characters. It spoke into the issues typically not addressed in our society today... of how a boy becomes a man, and what a real man is. It spoke about rejecting passivity, accepting responsibility, and leading couragously... those attributes that define a real man. It addressed men and families who were married, single Dads, absent Dads, fathering sons, and fathering daughters, the importance of ceremony, unemployment & disappointment, loss & grief, healing & life, and the testing of integrity.
And there were times where I wondered which genre the movie best fitted. There was action, there was drama, there was laughter, there were tears, there was more laughter, more tears, more laughter yet again, and still more action, not to mention a stirring, powerful, inspirational call-to-action at the end.
So I encourage you men of courage... go and see this movie whilst it is still in cinemas across Australia. At present, the only guarantee is until next Wednesday 16th November. Rise up and tell others to go and see the movie. Rise up and courageously initiate living life alongside other men who have the heart and resolve to be the man, husband, and father you desire to be. That kind of life is not a life that any man can achieve on his own. Live Courageously!