Our family was once again blessed to be able to review a quality Christian Movie from FishFlix.com. We received Woodlawn, the movie based upon the true story of what happened when God got ahold of an entire High School football team in Birmingham, Alabama in 1973. FishFlix.com has become known for quality wholesome entertainment, and this is another one of their great offerings.
Woodlawn tells a story of redemption and change. It shows how God can turn an entire situation upside down when people start to follow Him instead of their own devices and plans. Several things make Woodlawn unique in the realm of Christian movies. First, it is the re-telling of a true story, including a lot of the heartache and strife that the citizens of Birmingham lived through in the early 1970's. It is rated PG-13 because of the racial tension and violence that are portrayed. Secondly, this movie covers a long portion of time. The movie covers the entire football season, and continues on to show part of what happened in the lives of the main characters the following year. By the end of the movie you feel that the story is complete, not rushed. Once you have watched it, you will be changed, and you will be challenged to let God work through you.
Woodlawn is another movie produced by the Erwin Brothers, Andrew and Jon. They were the directors of two other highly regarded Christian movies: October Baby and Moms' Night Out. The girls and I were curious to investigate because one of the main characters in Woodlawn is Hank Erwin. Yes, he is related, he is Andrew and Jon's Father. Because I wanted to know more about the story of Woodlawn, I checked out the book from our local library. I learned even more about the fascinating story of how God moved through the surrendered lives of the football players and coaches of the Woodlawn team.
Emily, Arlene and I watched the Woodlawn movie, and spent quite a bit of the following week discussing what life was like for the players, and other students at Woodlawn. The girls have read about the racial tensions in the south in the 60's and 70's, but this was the first on-screen portrayal they had seen. I thought it was handled well, without overwhelming the viewer to the point of wanting to turn the movie off. We discussed how people view others based upon how their parents and peers view others. We talked about how doing the right thing usually isn't easy, but with God it is possible.
In Woodlawn, Tony Nathan, a boy from hard-working Christian parents of modest means, has his life stretched and tried. He finds out what true faith in Christ requires, and how sometimes God uses what seems to be ordinary events to do extraordinary things.
The girls had friends over to watch Woodlawn with them the second time through. I can't share a picture though, because it was a 'teens only' viewing-LOL!
FishFlix.com has become a one-stop online shop for quality Christian movies. They offer many familiar titles including: War Room, When Calls the Heart, The Ultimate Gift, and series for children like Owlegories. They also carry lesser known titles like: 23 Blast, Finding Normal, and The Christmas Candle.
We have always received great customer service from FishFlix.com. The other movies we have reviewed from FishFlix.com in the past include: Do You Believe? and Unbroken.
Here is a snippet from FishFlix.com's website that I think sums it up well:
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