Friday, April 29, 2022
For the first time in four years, I decided to check out a movie that warrants repeated views and even generate Oscar buzz. I found that in the biological comedy-drama film which is "Father Stu". Mark Wahlberg plays the titular character which tries to find purpose and meaning in his life from being a professional boxer, then character actor, and then ultimately in his true calling and purpose, a Catholic priest. Wahlberg delivers in this performance by revealing the human and redemptive side of Father Stu, in all of his strengths, weaknesses, triumphs, failures and even a period of doubt. In addition, Mel Gibson also takes a memorable turn as Stu's father, emerging from an uninvolved, deadbeat drunkard of a dad until ultimately finding salvation himself by looking at his son's faith and example. It's very rare these days to go to the movies that leave you with a sense of purpose, awe, drive, and grace to get you through your dark days. "Father Stu" is one of those movies that does all these things and even more. If you're looking for a movie that provides inspiration but without all those bells and whistles of a blockbuster, you do yourself good by taking a chnce with this movie. Verdict: 4.5 out of 5 Stars.
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