It has been a while since the last time I wrote a movie review. I used to do it regularly when I worked at KALI Radio, but I don't think I have done any since then.
However, there are many reasons which compel me to write about a film opening nationwide on June 1st.
Based on true events "For Greater Glory" is the story of a dark, sad, violent time in Mexico; a time when brave men and women sacrificed everything, sometimes even their lives, fighting for the most fundamental of freedoms - the freedom to worship God. This movie is accurate in its description of the era, beautifully filmed on location, the actors are superb, and although it is a bit long, you will get so involved with the characters, the time will go fast.
I have a personal connection to this story: My beloved maternal grandfather, Rossendo Casarrubias and his brother Daniel, joined the Cristero movement in 1927. In fact one of the dialogues in the movie sounded to me like a direct quote from my grandfather, one I had heard Mamita repeat many times: when the main character is asked by his wife why he would fight for something he did not believe in, the answer is "I believe in freedom." Indeed, my grandfather believed everyone has the right to worship God and practice their religion.
At a time when "political correctness" seems to be running amok in our society and the intolerance of a few succeeds in their effort to delete any vestige of religion or faith from our history, even removing a small cross from our seal, "For Greater Glory" is an important reminder of what could happen when a few godless are allowed to impose their views, all in the name of "tolerance." Religion is not the problem; fanatics on either side are.
Take my Jewish word: "For Greater Glory" is a must see, regardless of religious affiliation or non affiliation.
Starring Andy Garcia, Eva Longoria, Peter O'Toole, Oscar Isaac, Catalina Sandino Moreno, and Santiago Cabrera, "For Greater Glory" is rated R.
I highly recommend it.
Edie J. Adler:
Edie J. is an author, actress, voice over artist and public speaker. She and hubby Neal live in the Valley with their 6 dogs, 4 cats, 3 birds, 2 frogs, 1 turtle and 1 Canadian goose. Author's website Email the author