When young John Wesley is saved from the flames burning his family's home, he believes God has chosen him for a higher mission. He grows up to become a minister in the Church of England but...
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When young John Wesley is saved from the flames burning his family's home, he believes God has chosen him for a higher mission. He grows up to become a minister in the Church of England but disapproves of concern within the church over the social position of the clergy. He concerns himself more with the common people and with individual religious experiences. He tries to accomplish his purposes by remaining within the church but the methodical way in which he and his followers go about their duties soon sets them apart as a special group jeeringly called Methodists. (Produced by the Radio and Film Commission of the Methodist Church in cooperation with J. Arthur Rank.) Written by
Les Adams <email@example.com>
Surely John Wesley's life and career were more interesting than this! Leaden dialog, stolid acting, cheap sets, unimaginative direction - if you're not already a Methodist (and I grew up in that faith), I can't imagine this film inspiring anyone even to consider becoming one. There is also an almost complete lack of humor. One scene, involving a priest and two wealthy parishioners complaining about Wesley's zealous preaching, shows signs of trying to be mildly amusing, but it doesn't work. Wesley himself may not have been a laugh riot, but anything would have been welcome to relieve the endless sanctimony. An intelligent, balanced, human film about Wesley is still needed.
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