S. Bennett, who is entitled to his/her view, compares Amazing Grace with The Bourne Ultimatum. Need one say more? No, but I will! S. Bennet should stick with fantasy thrillers. This film is taking a different viewpoint, it is talking about the efforts of William Wilberforce to end the slave trade. it is not trying to, directly, show the, terrible, horrors that the slaves went through. There are many stories which describe these (See "Roots" etc). This is, of course, where the film scores.
The film is, in it's own way, mortifying. It is an intelligent essay on the difficulties facing one William Wilberforce, who was light years ahead of his time and, actually, did more good than, dare I say it, Martin Luther King. Before people start complaining, you need to know that Martin Luther King is a particular hero of mine. One needs to remember that the reason that Martin Luther King was able to speak, as he did, was because of people like William Wilberforce.
So, is this a good film? Yes! The performances are excellent, even the known stars do not over-act as film-stars are inclined to. The writing is incredibly subtle. It does not seek to shock, only to inform. It is in this giving of information that we receive the shock. It is not only a must-see film, it is an intelligent, informative must-see film.
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