So today I am reviewing the movie The Shunning. Truth be told, I was supposed to review this a while ago, school’s been getting in the way of things lately though. You’ve probably noticed things have slowed down here a good deal since school started. Plenty of writing this year, just not here haha. I’m starting to get used to the school schedule once again though and I have plenty to review for you still! Anyways, let’s get started now!
The Shunning surrounds Katie (Danielle Panabaker), a young Amish woman set to marry the recently widowed town Bishop. There is only one problem, Katie isn’t like the rest of the town. Although forbidden by her strict way of life, she plays guitar and sings songs outside of the hymn book. Soon though, Katie’s mother, who had given Katie up as a baby, returns to the small Amish town looking for her daughter. Conflict builds inside her, and conflict builds with her family and loved ones. She suddenly faces several tough decisions in her life.
I was a bit hesitant at first to review the film, I had never read any of Beverly Lewis’s novels before, this movie being based on the novel of the same name. Then there is also the audience that the series was aimed at: women. In case you were unaware, I am not one of them. So you can see why I was a bit reluctant at first. I actually became interested in the story as it progressed though. It has a great plot, and the acting in the movie is great. Granted there are some somewhat flat characters in the film who I would have like to have seen more of, but overall the acting was quite good.
Panabaker was a great choice for the lead character, she pulls off the role very well and believably. The cast was put together quite well in this film, they worked well together to produce an amazing film. Hopefully they’ll bring back these characters for the continuation of the series should they choose to do so.
The Shunning, although geared more so towards the female audience, I think this film would be a great one to watch with the whole family. It’s a family friendly film and still interesting and enjoyable. Personally I would give the film four out five stars, well worth watching and a high quality film. The only thing that could have really made the film better was some better gearing towards the male audience, maybe some fighting robots next time? No? Well that’s alright.
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