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Redeeming Love – Review
Redeeming Love – Budget Unknown – 2 hours and 14 minutes
During the gold rush, Angel lives in a brothel called The Palace, and it’s in Pair-A-Dice, California. She is the highest-earning woman in the establishment run by the Duchess. Every day, the Duchess holds a lottery for men who want to buy Angel’s time. Out of scores of men, only a lucky few win. Angel gives up hope of having a better life and dreams of nothing.
Michael Hosea is a hard-working farmer who tends to his animals and crops tirelessly. He goes to church and thanks God for his bounty. But Michael is missing one thing: a wife. He asks God for a woman who loves to fish with long legs. Later, he goes into town and sees a beautiful woman walking down the street with a large man in tow. Michael’s friend explains it’s Angel and her bodyguard. They take a walk once a week to show off the ‘merchandise.’ Michael can’t believe the young woman is a prostitute. He vows to win the lottery and make Angel his wife.
Michael meets with Angel twice, but he can’t convince her to leave. When he visits a third time, he finds Angel badly beaten. Michael wants to free Angel, but Angel has debt. Michael gives the Duchess all the money he has and takes Angel. Later, Angel wakes up in a different bed in a strange house with a ring on her finger. It doesn’t take long for Angel to rebuke marriage and run. Michael believes love will keep her, but he doesn’t understand that she is fighting her past, figuratively and literally.
Based on Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers, this movie is a modern telling of Hosea in a semi-historical setting (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). However, don’t expect it to be too biblical or historically accurate. The gold rush and biblical names are the story’s foundation, not the premises. As the love story of Angel and Michael plays out, you get a glimpse into Angel’s past to explain her feelings of self-loathing, hopelessness, and depression. All that glitters isn’t gold. Angel was an illegitimate child, sold after her mother died. With each mistake in her present, you get a peek into the past that drives her actions. This tactic works the first couple of times she leaves. After the last time, you stop caring and want Michael to move on. Don’t save her. If you are passionate about love-conquering-all stories, this film is perfect for a matinee. Otherwise, wait for on-demand.
I give it 3 out of 5 stars
My name is Sara. I never told anyone that before – Angel
Lies. Lies told by a scorned woman – Duke
Lord, you must certainly have a sense of humor – Michael
You know how to make a man happy 30 minutes at a time. That’s all you’re good at – Duchess
The King’s Daughter – Review
The King’s Daughter – Budget of $40 million – 1 hour and 30 minutes
After winning a long-fought battle, King Louis the 14th addresses his subjects. Then someone in the crowd tries to assassinate him. He fears his mortality and wants to live forever. Against his priest’s wishes, Louis seeks the help of his doctor, Dr. Labarthe. Labarthe heard of a creature from Atlantis with an internal life force. The doctor will kill it and transplant its life force into Louis after they find it. The King wants it in time for the solar eclipse celebration because he is the Sun King. When everyone leaves King Louis, he asks his priest, Père La Chaise, to bring his daughter, Maria-Josèphe, to the palace. The king will treat her like the other ladies in Versailles, but she, nor anyone else, will know her lineage.
The nuns come into Maria-Josèphe’s room and tell her that King Louis XIV wants her to move to Versailles. They are happy to see her go. No matter how hard they try, the nuns can’t keep Maria-Josèphe out of the sea. They burned her cello and taken her horses away, but nothing worked. Maria-Josèphe continues to swim every day. When Maria-Josèphe arrives, Magali greets her and becomes Maria-Josèphe’s lady in waiting. While playing her cello, Maria-Josèphe can hear something echoing her notes in the distance. She grabs her cello and runs towards the sound. Maria-Josèphe finds an elaborate tank with the creature inside. She is confident that it is communicating with her. Before she can jump in the water, Yves De La Croix pulls Maria-Josèphe back. Yves De La Croix commanded the ship that caught the creature and separated it from its mate. Maria-Josèphe tells Yves De La Croix that it is all but human, and they should release it. Yves De La Croix tells Maria-Josèphe that it is in the king’s control. She runs to the king, and he lies. He tells Maria-Josèphe that he wants it to heal everyone in France. The moment Maria-Josèphe learns the truth about the creature and the king, who will Maria-Josèphe follow.
Based on The Moon and the Sun by Vonda N. McIntyre, this movie did not belong in theaters (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). Disney+ or Peacock would be better for this Little Mermaid meets Marie Antoinette sponsored by the ASPCA tale. If you are awake during the climax, it’s a letdown compared to the lengthy build-up. Skip this movie in the theaters and on-demand.
I give it 2 out of 5 stars
Are you taking me to meet the king or God – Maria-Josèphe
And a man who only sees two choices is a fool – Yves De La Croix
You must stop hoping for a perfect world when you live in this one – Magali
Maybe I should be my own priest – King Louix XIV