Friday, February 18, 2011

Movie Review Friday: Standing Firm

I recently had the chance to see Standing Firm, the first film made by Praise Pictures, with volunteers from Niagara Frontier Bible Church in Lewistown, NY. Because this video is inspired by Sherwood Pictures, Standing Firm's similar storyline and encouragement is an immediate hit.

Standing Firm shares the story of David, a man angry at God for the death of his wife. Not only blaming God, but also taking out his frustration on those around him (including his only son) David works himself into a lonely state. Finally, to make matters worse, bills pile up, and David is becoming a workaholic to fix all of his problems. His son Steven attempts to help his father, but it isn't until he realizes his own problem that he is able to reach out to his father. Once David is changed through his son's example, he begins to view life anew and restore his broken relationships.

There were many aspects of Standing Firm that I enjoyed, but I think the main point that stuck out to me was the testimony to the power of prayer. It was Steven's prayer and perseverance that touched his father's life and brought about a change in him. Also, once David is changed through the power of God, he learns to hear God's voice, and learns to trust in God no matter how things look.

Standing Firm was also quite intriguing. From the beginning of the story, you are left wondering what has happened, which you find out through flashbacks that the characters experience throughout the film. You also understand why David feels the way he does, which provides an awesome testimony to God's healing in our hurts.

There is also quite a bit of humor in Standing Firm. It is Steven's Christian girlfriend Maggie that helps him figure out where he is wrong, and helps him be an example to his father even when he feels like quitting. But once Steven's father David is changed, he attempts to put Maggie and Steven together, something that takes Steven by surprise, making for a hilarious twist. As Steven and David continue to mend their relationship, they show the bond between the father and son through pranks they played on each other. In this portion, I also loved the musical score of Standing Firm, especially "Carried Me" by Building 429 that appeared at this climax of the video.

Standing Firm answers many tough questions very well. Mainly, Standing Firm offers hope to those who feel angry at God for taking someone out of our life, and for those hurting over losses. It also shows the power of prayer, and the need for strong relationships, as well as the need for staying connected to a church.

One thing that some people might criticize about Standing Firm that I actually enjoyed was the ending. It wasn't a totally happy, all 100% back to normal kind of ending; instead, it showed that God will work things out, but it may not always be the way we had hoped. Based on Romans 8:28, Standing Firm shares that God will always work through our problems when we chose to trust Him in them.

Standing Firm is a definite must-see for fans of Facing the Giants or Fireproof, and I would recommend this film to those going through deep hurts or poor relationships. You will learn much through this film, and will be encouraged to trust in God, even when everything else looks so negative.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=edpVp4wZkbw?rel=0]

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

2 comments:

  1. That was a great movie! A little on the sad side, but still good. :)

    ReplyDelete
  2. Oo, I love the song, "Carried Me"! This film does sound interesting, thanks for the review!

    ReplyDelete

Thank you for commenting! All comments are moderated and may take time to process.