Entertaining Easter Treats
Entertaining Easter Treats
Easter means different things to different people - for some it’s a profound religious holiday, for others it’s a time for friends and family, and for others it’s all about the chocolate. But whatever your focus is over Easter, we have some film recommendations for you.
Hopping down the bunny trail…
If you’re hopping down the bunny trail along with Peter Cottontail, we can recommend some funny bunny movies for family viewing.
Rise of the Guardians brings a quirky look at the giver of chocolate eggs. In this animated tale, the Easter Bunny is one of the guardians of childhood. Along with Santa Claus, Jack Frost, the Tooth Fairy, and the Sandman, he protects children from the Boogie Man.
In Hop, the Easter Bunny’s rebellious young son doesn’t want to follow in his father’s candy-delivering footsteps. He wants to be a drummer and runs away to pursue his dream.
Peter Rabbit brings Beatrix Potter’s curious, disobedient rabbit to CGI life. Kids will enjoy the antics of the mischievous rabbit and adults will revel in the glorious English countryside setting.
Not everyone loves rabbits: for some, they are garden pests. But what if they become more than just pests? Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit brings a giant rabbit to frightening life with predictably comic results.
What think ye of Christ?
Viewers who want to spend the Easter season contemplating the life and mission of Jesus Christ will find numerous films with a religious perspective.
Son of God illustrates the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. With a gentle performance by Diogo Morgado, and an over two hour runtime, the movie doesn’t skimp on details.
The Passion of the Christ, with its graphic and gory depictions of the scourging and crucifixion of Jesus, is not for everyone. But some viewers find the movie gives them greater empathy for the sufferings of Christ.
Taking its story directly from the Bible, The Gospel of John uses a narration from that book by Christopher Plummer to tell the story of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
When Christ’s followers spread the good news of his resurrection, the governing Romans were alarmed. In Risen, a fictional story set in that period, Roman leaders send a military tribune and his aide to find the body of Jesus and disprove the tales of his return from death.
Another fictional story set amid the events of Jesus’ life is Ben Hur. This classic film tells the tale of a Jewish man who is unjustly sentenced to slavery on a Roman ship. Kept alive by dreams of vengeance, his life is forever altered when he meets a man named Jesus.
Come Follow Me…
The ministry of Jesus Christ has inspired countless people to follow his example and films about their lives can be inspiring to the rest of us.
Amazing Grace tells the story of William Wilberforce, the politician whose Christian faith inspired his lifelong quest to end slavery in the British Empire.
Martin Luther’s life and his attempts to reform the Catholic Church are depicted in Luther.
When the reformation rocked Tudor England, Sir Thomas More held fast to his integrity and commitment to his faith in A Man for All Seasons.
Civil rights leader Martin Luther King was a Baptist minister whose religious faith informed his quest for liberty and justice for African Americans. Selma recounts his campaign for voting rights and the march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.
Young Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu experienced a powerful religious epiphany where she was called by Jesus to care for the poorest of the poor. She joined a convent, took the name Teresa, and established the Sisters of Charity in India. Mother Teresa chronicles her lifelong service to God and her fellow man.
The Other Side of Heaven tells the story of John Groberg, a young man from Idaho, whose love for Christ leads him to serve a mission for his church in Tonga.