Redeeming Love Movie Review

I love reading and I love movies, so it is the perfect situation when a book that I loved comes to the big screen!  This week, I had the opportunity to review Redeeming Love--based on the book by the same name by Francine Rivers!  Redeeming Love hits theaters on January 21st!  Learn about the movie, read my thoughts and check out the movie in a theater near you!

Many thanks to Universal for providing a sample of the product for this review. Opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.  



About the Movie

Based on the bestselling novel by Francine Rivers, REDEEMING LOVE is a powerful story of relentless love and perseverance as a young couple’s relationship clashes with the harsh realities of the California Gold Rush of 1850.

Angel expects only pain from those around her. Sold into prostitution as a child, Angel survives with hatred towards herself and the men that use her. She meets Michael Hosea, a farmer who believes God wants Angel to be his wife. Dire circumstances force Angel to ac cept his proposal, but when Michael defies her bitter expectations, her wounded heart be gins to mend.

As Angel encounters a love unlike anything she ever experienced, feelings of unworthiness and shame cause her to run from a life she doesn’t think she deserves. As Michael sets out to find her, Angel discovers there is no brokenness that love can’t heal. 


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 My Review


Redeeming Love Has a Bible Basis--But, You May Not Fully Realize It. While the movie does pick out most of the essential scenes and memorable lines from the book it is based on, the film seems more distant from the Biblical Book of Hosea (which was the basis for the novel!) Redeeming Love on film focuses less on some of the Biblical messages fans of the book remember--and a lot more on the sex, violence, and romance of the plot. The movie has a PG-13 rating--but I would not recommend it as a family-friendly romance. 


Redeeming Love is an Interesting Love Story with Deeper Messages for Viewers. If you read the book--the movie may not seem like an "instant romance" story. Also--you will appreciate that the movie doesn't leave out essential scenes from the novel. The film hints at faith and religion but tends to overdo some scenes with excess nudity, sex, and violence to appeal to a broader audience. The moral of the story is the redeeming power of love (both God's and human's) to right a life on its course. There are more profound messages in the film beyond the physical romance--it just may take some reflection afterward to pick them out!


Would I Recommend Redeeming Love? While based on a Christian novel with a Biblical inspiration--the movie is not a Christian leaning film. I enjoyed Angel's character as portrayed by Abigail Cowen--and her chemistry with Michael (Tom Lewis). For those who prefer a religion-based romance that doesn't focus as much on religion as it does realities--this romantic drama offers a somewhat believable movie for adults.  


My Final Thoughts on Redeeming Love?

If you enjoy romantic dramas with historical placement and fairly believable scenes--even with an "instant love story"--with a hint of faith and unconditional love--go see Redeeming Love in theaters starting January 21st!




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