Friday, February 06, 2009

A Man for All Seasons

To continue with the Netflix reviews, another movie I watched recently isn’t a new film by any stretch – but if you’ve never seen it, it’s a good film. And, it’s family friendly. It’s so clean that my World History teacher in school was able to show it in class. I loved it then, and I loved it the other day when I watched it again.

The name of the film is A Man for All Seasons. If I weren’t so lazy I’d look up when it was made, but it was definitely before the late 80s when I was in high school.

Again, this is a King Henry VIII-related film. It’s about Sir. Thomas Moore, who essentially worked in Henry’s court as a lawyer. He had been a mentor of the King when the King was young, and later became one of the King’s closest advisors. The trouble was Sr. Thomas was a man of his convictions – and he had strong convictions – especially on the topic of the King’s divorce, religion and the law.

The story is about how he tried to withdraw from court – to vanish happily into the countryside for the protection of his family. But, ultimately, the fervor around the King’s marriage issues didn’t leave anyone untouched and Sir Thomas finds himself in the position of being forced to choose to go along quietly, or to stand up for what he believes in at the risk of his life.

While I don’t recall any sex or language issues, little members of the audience would likely find the film boring. But bigger members of the household who enjoy a good think about things will like it.

The film is available as an instant play on Netflix.

I give it four out of five spoons.

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