With it being just after Easter, I decided to make a list of my favorite movies to watch around Easter. Whether it’s just before, just after, or actually Easter weekend, these films are enjoyable movies all around and are in no particular order.
To start us off, let’s begin with the more family oriented movies I have picked out, the first one being Baby Huey’s Great Easter Adventure. This movie is one which went straight to VHS, but I watched it all the time as a kid. It’s about a giant duckling, named Baby Huey, who shows up in a small town and becomes friends with a local boy and girl. He also talks. The kids must work to save him from the evil plans of a Las Vegas producer and the school ornologist. While it doesn’t really hold up well, Baby Huey’s Great Easter Adventure is a fun film for your kids to watch.
The second film on this list is one which released in 2011 and takes a Santa Claus-type story, but turns it into the Easter Bunny. This movie is Hop. Hop is a family film that’s all about fun and rising to the occasion. It’s a coming of age tale about how the next Easter Bunny has to step up to the plate to save Easter, along with his new friend played by James Marsden. All-in-all, while not a great film, it’s good, family-fun film.
Up next is The Case for Christ, which is a great movie to watch year-round. Arriving to theaters in April of 2017, I reviewed it shortly after its arrival. If you want a more in-depth review, you can search for it right on usfvessel.com. For a brief summary, however, this is a movie with really good acting and a quality that far surpasses most faith-based films, elevating it to the same level of most Hollywood films.
It tells the story of a man who doesn’t believe in God, but ends up taking a journey to challenge that fact and prove himself right, only to find that there are undeniable facts and pieces of evidence suggesting the Gospel is true. The Case for Christ is also one of my personal top 10 movies from 2017 which I gave a 9 out of 10 under the old rating system, but gets a Frame the Ticket under the new rating system.
The last movie on the list is The Passion of the Christ. Released in 2004, directed by Mel Gibson, and starring Jim Caviezel as Jesus Christ, this movie isn’t necessarily one for the whole family. I did watch it first when I was in elementary school, though. It is what I believe to be the most accurate portrayal of the events leading up to Jesus’ death and resurrection. It has some of the highest production value and dedication to realism of any faith-based film I have ever seen, making it tough to watch at times while also bringing you to your knees as you watch everything that happens to Jesus. Meant to be a film that causes a reaction from its audience, it does just that.
For those who are wondering, I do have one honorable mention for families to watch if you find yourself short on time. Coming in at just a 49 minute runtime, Veggietales: An Easter Carol is good, clean family movie that’ll entertain you while sharing a positive message that’s sure to make you smile.