It seemed appropriate to review this movie on Veteran’s Day. I wish I like the movie more, but my sentiment is the same either way, Gratitude. I’m so grateful to those who have served our country and made freedom possible. My father among them!
- My rating: 3 of 5 stars
- Movie MPAA rating: PG
- Release year: 2015
- Running Time: 95 minutes
- Studio: PureFlix
With the Vietnam War raging in 1969, two young fathers report for duty. A man of great faith and a doubtful cynic. A quarter-century later, their sons, Wayne and John Paul (David A.R. White and Kevin Downes), meet as strangers. Guided by handwritten letters from their fathers from the battlefield, they embark on an unforgettable journey to The Wall—the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. Along the way, they discover the devastation of war cannot break the love of a father for his son.
A powerful film about faith, freedom, and fatherhood from Pure Flix, the studio that created God’s Not Dead, presents FAITH OF OUR FATHERS. A story of fatherhood. A journey of brotherhood.
I really wanted to like this movie! But it was kind of meh for me. The flashbacks to the fathers in the Vietnam War were good, but the scenes with the traveling buddies–Wayne and John Paul were a bit too over-the-top for me. Wayne especially. I get that they were trying to show him as being hurt by his father’s absence, but they made him a bit too wacky to be believable, in my opinion. Like making John Paul pay money to read his father’s letters? Just cruel to me. Why would John Paul even want to travel with him or put up with him? It was hard for me to imagine there being a big friendship coming out of such a strange scenario so I just had trouble accepting the storyline after that. The intent was good. A father’s letters from war speaking love to his son. I wish the other distractions of the story hadn’t deterred from that for me.
Have you seen it? What did you think? Am I being too hard on the movie?