Monday, December 20, 2010

Movies You Might Have Missed Mondays – Christmas Edition

One thing I like the most about Christmas is the music.

Today’s movie pick has some of the best arrangements of Christmas songs I’ve ever heard. So not only do I recommend this movie, I also suggest its soundtrack.

It’s The Preacher’s Wife from 1996 starring Denzel Washington, Courtney B. Vance and Whitney Houston (like I said, sweet music).

The story highlights a preacher, played by Vance, and his wife, Houston, feeling some stress in their marriage, which only increases during the busy Christmas season. Misunderstandings, disappointments and miscommunications fester leaving both at the end of their ropes. Prayers are sent Heavenward.

Just about that time, almost as if in response to the prayers (hint, hint), a mysterious person, Washington, shows up, befriending the family. His innocent interference at first seems detrimental, but ends up being just the ticket the preacher and his wife need to get back to a healthier relationship.

Besides the amazing music (the score by Hans Zimmer was good enough to be nominated for a Best Music Oscar), I like this movie for its family values, the importance placed on fighting for a marriage’s survival, and the inspirational influence on the characters. In fact, in the songs as least, they aren’t shy with the name of Jesus, singing “Christ” and “Jesus” – as if He actually belongs in Christmas. J

It’s a feel-good story perfect for this time of year.

A bonus is that The Preacher’s Wife is remake of sorts, based on a classic film starring Cary Grant in Denzel’s role. That one’s called The Bishop’s Wife, released in 1947, also starring Loretta Young and David Niven. Though music isn’t a factor in this version, Grant’s comedic timing and charm make it worth a watch. As it happens, TCM is airing The Bishop’s Wife on Christmas Eve at 8pm (EST) if you want to check it out.

I’ll have you know, it was difficult to choose which song from The Preacher’s Wife to share with you because they are all so soulful, worshipful, rocking, and awesome (some even make me cry – quite the feat). So I hope you’ll take a few minutes to listen to the one I did post here. (For another, see the sidebar – ‘Lovin’ those Lyrics’)

And as you do, reflect on the Reason for the Season.

Five more days!

Love you, Dry Ground Friends!

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lynnrush said...

I really enjoyed the Preacher's Wife. It was so good! Whitney's voice is amazing. Sure miss it!

Merry Christmas!!