Do British middle schoolers get to watch movies during classes, the way American kids do when their teachers burn off two days by showing a…
Movie Review

Amazing Grace

HYMN AND HER Gruffudd (pictured with Romola Garai) stars as an abolitionist in the stolid U.K. history lesson Amazing Grace
HYMN AND HER Gruffudd (pictured with Romola Garai) stars as an abolitionist in the stolid U.K. history lesson Amazing Grace

Do British middle schoolers get to watch movies during classes, the way American kids do when their teachers burn off two days by showing a video? If they do, the unrigorous history lesson Amazing Grace will soon be waiting for them during their slavery unit. Ioan Gruffudd (Fantastic Four) plays the abolitionist who pushed Parliament to free Britain's slaves 200 years ago. It's earnest, solemn stuff. The movie sings an old tune — Albert Finney is the blind minister who wrote the title ditty — and it leaves the blood unstirred. C+

Originally posted Feb 21, 2007 Published in issue #923 Mar 02, 2007 Order article reprints