The Patriot

Well, the first post of the new Daily Fedora. I’ve gone through and looked at several different layouts, and I chose Monotone. Not sure it works, so I may change it again. But anyway, to post my review of The Patriot. Let me start and say I loved the movie. It was the first movie I’ve seen with Heath Ledger besides The Dark Knight. And Mel Gibson did a fantastic job as a concerned parent. But let’s get into the themes of the movie. There was definitely a respect for parents. Unlike some movies, where parents are shown to be annoying, dumb, uncool, and indecisive, Mel Gibson’s Benjamin Martin was portrayed as smart and decisive. Heath Ledger’s Gabriel Martin is also a good example of how a young man might mature. Many 14-16 year olds (and younger and maybe older) don’t think much of their parents. At first, Gabriel considers his father to make terrible decisions. But as the movie goes on, you can see the respect in his eyes. Now for the theological themes. In one scene, a church service is interrupted by Gabriel, who is recruiting for the army. The scene gives you the feeling that worshipping God is good, but doesn’t mean anything if you aren’t willing to back it up. I think that this is an excellent scene. I’m not saying in any way that churchgoers are lazy and cowardly. No, instead I think that this is a great way to say that Christians shouldn’t hide behind the Scripture. Christians should be prepared to back up what they say, whether it be fighting for our independence (which I doubt any of us will be doing soon) or evangelizing at county fairs.

I would recommend The Patriot for any one 14 or older. The movie has an R rating, but it’s for violence. I think most 14 year olds would be able to handle the violence in te movie, although some scenes are pretty graphic (a hatchet being embedded into a man’s head, a cannonball taking off a man’s leg).

Next review: 3:10 to Yuma.


2 Responses to “The Patriot”

  1. 1 Laurelen
    August 16, 2008 at 10:49 pm

    yeah, awesome. i love the way even though Gabriel sort of rebels from his father to fight for his country, he comes back to him later, having actually learned from his father’s wisdom. (“you said when i have a family of my own, i would understand. you were right.”) in a lot of movies, the parents apparently have no wisdom and the kids are the wise ones, which is very much not true. i loved how this movie went against that common ideal in movies.

  2. 2 kt
    August 21, 2008 at 2:41 pm

    love it. that’s all there is to say. lol
    even though it was bloody, the plot line and message is great! 5 stars! đŸ™‚

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