Becky and I went to see Henry Poole Is Here on Saturday night at the Century theaters in Belmar, up in Lakewood, CO. The theater was nice, but their concessions are really lame since you have to do everything self serve and it takes forever, so I wouldn’t recommend that theater. The MSN movie website at Henry Poole Is Here describes the movie as follows:
“Given a grim diagnosis during a routine doctor’s checkup, a man who once had it all finds his attempt to disappear into a working class suburb and spend his remaining days subsisting on vodka and junk food hopelessly disrupted when he falls for the beautiful divorcee next door and a busybody neighbor notices a miraculous stain on his stucco wall. Henry Poole (Luke Wilson) had a comfortable life and a beautiful fiancée. But just when it seemed that the future couldn’t look any brighter for Henry, …”
Henry Poole Is Here is a strange film starring Luke Wilson that moves rather slow and certainly wasn’t a big fan of the critics since it is a story about how faith in God can motivate you to go beyond your comfort zone. Don’t listen to the mainstream critics on this one though because they wouldn’t know a good movie anymore if they were asked to star in one. It’s released in limited markets, so you might not get to catch this film until it hits the rental rack, but I thought it was a really good movie.
It’s a bit wacky in its theology, but it really makes you think about how many times we judge things we don’t understand rather than reaching out, having faith and seeing God move on our behalf.
Henry Poole reminded me of the story of Naman in the Bible. God healed Naaman’s leprosy by having him bathe in the Jordan river 7 times, but not before Naaman was ticked about the whole ordeal. Check out this Biblical story and think about it when you see this movie…
10Elisha sent a messenger to him (Naaman), saying, “Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh will be restored to you and you will be clean.” 11But Naaman was furious and went away and said, “Behold, I thought, ‘He will surely come out to me and stand and call on the name of the LORD his God, and wave his hand over the place and cure the leper.’ 12″Are not Abanah and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Could I not wash in them and be clean?” So he turned and went away in a rage. 13Then his servants came near and spoke to him and said, “My father, had the prophet told you to do some great thing, would you not have done it? How much more then, when he says to you, ‘Wash, and be clean’?” 14So he went down and dipped himself seven times in the Jordan, according to the word of the man of God; and his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child and he was clean. 2 KINGS 5:10-14
When you see Henry Poole, you will see the modern day version of this story with a guy who is terminally ill, but refuses to be healed. I thought it was a great flick.
Becky and I disagreed though. I would say it was Worth The Trip, but she didn’t like it that much and thought it was a rental.
John – *** Worth The Trip
Becky – ** Rental
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