Shadowlands Movie Trailer:
Last night we watched the movie, Shadowlands. It is an award winning 1993 film based on the true story of the life of C.S. Lewis. The role of C.S. Lewis (Jack) is played by Anthony Hopkins alongside actress Debra Winger as Joy.
This was my second time watching the movie. The first time was a long time ago. The first time I watched it, I remember crying uncontrollably from a scene near the end. I didn’t expect to cry throughout most of the movie this time. Maybe I did last time and don’t remember. Anthony Hopkins reminds me so much of my father. This time I took in so much more.
It is a movie that brings you to a place of introspection that still lingers with me today.
It is a movie about love and loss, about connection, and a child’s loss of a parent. And how love can awaken our spirit. How just one seemingly insignificant event can change your life forever. How just one person can change your life forever.
It is about how the experience of loss and suffering can cause all of your thoughts and philosophies, and all the significant quotes that you believe in, to suddenly mean nothing. And how in these moments of deep suffering and loss, we realize how little we really know or understand about life. It is a message about how the experiences of connection and love are our teachers. But how loss and suffering are the ultimate teachers.
This film will be especially emotional and touching to anyone who has lost a parent as a child. Who wished someone would have put their arms around you and not only let you cry, but cried with you. And for anyone who has ever loved and lost.
The title, Shadowlands, is from a story written by C.S. Lewis. In the movie he explains that we all seem to live in the shadowlands where the sun is always just around the corner, always somewhere else. This movie, however, brings you from the shadowlands of one man’s heart and deep into the human heart and the reality of vulnerability and what it means to love and be loved.
There are so many good quotes from the movie that I won’t share, so as not to spoil it for you if you choose to watch the movie, except for one: “The pain then is part of the joy now, that’s the deal.”
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Since the movie is hard to find, the following are some options for purchasing or viewing it if you are interested:
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