Movie Review: Going My WayQuick Plot Summary: Winner of Best Picture 1944, tells the story of a priest that helps revitalize a church and its people by being more relatable and approachable.
Suggested Ages: 10+
This black-and-white Best Picture winner from 1944 is an inspirational, uplifting delight. In some ways it's kind of reminiscent of "Sister Act" (another possibly worthwhile watch) in that it contrasts stuffy "religion" with a practical "meet people where they are at" expression of faith and also is musically based. This one has Bing Crosby in it singing a bunch of songs, including the popular "Swingin' On a Star" which is basically a tune for kids telling them not to be lazy.
You do get the sense that the Christianity they are trying to portray as good in the movie is more just about social charity or being a good social club and is more "liberal" in nature, but it's got less of that feel than the follow-up movie (The Bells of St. Mary's) which I did not care for nor recommend.
Many kids I suspect would probably be pretty bored with this old, slow-paced movie. But who knows...
Reviewed by Christopher Long,