Monday, June 4, 2012
For Greater Glory
Review: Though shot on locating in Mexico, For Greater Glory is an all-star epic war saga in the grand Hollywood tradition. The historic drama, a sort of Mexican Braveheart, tells of the story of the Cristero War (1926-1929), a conflict few Mexicans — let alone Americans – are aware ever happened.
Without getting into why that may be, it seems remarkably ironic that the film is released less than two weeks after 43 Catholic institutions filed lawsuits against the U.S. federal government’s push to require them to include contraceptives in their employee healthcare packages, an effort the Catholic organizations contend infringes on their religious beliefs. The Mexican government, of course, was actually banning the celebration of the Mass and wasn’t above violent — and even murderous — intimidation. But, still, the issue of government intrusion on religion continues to have resonance.
The story definitely deserves to be told and, for the most part, it’s told well here. Andy Garcia delivers captivating performance as the agnostic rebel leader Gorostieta Velarde, whose non-faith is challenged by the commitment of his troops. The best performance (Oscar-worthy really), however, probably is given by Mauricio Kuri as José Luis Sánchez del Rio, the teen boy who first befriends a priest (Peter O’Toole) who is ultimately murdered at the hands of the government and, after joining the resistance, befriends General Velarde.
As a whole though, the film is a riveting reminder that religious liberty is, indeed, a value worth cherishing. For Greater Glory is strongly recommended for adults but you should be aware of the violence of that particular scene before making your movie-going choice.
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