The Preacher's Wife, a Christmas movie review
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Whether it's the music, which soars, the sad/funny story, hunky Denzel Washington taking prat falls, the rocking feel-good finale, or all of the above, The Preacher's Wife is my favorite Christmas movie by far.
With the inimitable voice of Whitney Houston and a moving, as well as a get-up-and-move soundtrack, the film makes a lovely stocking stuffer for the music lover as well as the romantic-comedy lover in your life.
Funny, poignant, and shining a little light on the rich diversity of inner city life
A remake of the 1947 film, The Bishop's Wife, this flick warms our hearts and cheers our souls with poignant moments and fun twists, not the least of which is that it is set in the inner city and sheds light on inner city problems, admittedly in that glossy, feel-good, comedic Hollywood way. Don't expect any deep discussions here, but if you're paying attention, you might see something that surprises you, all woven seamlessly into the story.
Plus it takes those of us who grew up in rather staid white churches inside the rollicking community of a Black church, which extends far beyond four walls and a steeple.
Did I mention the handsome, the debonair, the oh-so-gorgeous Washington? Sigh.
Washington's co-stars shine
While Whitney Houston and Courtney Vance are not the heartthrobs or the eye candy for this little old lady that is Denzel, both do a credible job in their roles, Vance playing the heart-weary, faith-challenged minister to a tee.
Houston's vocals are sublime, as though these songs were for her a labor of love, and that is coming from one who has never been a huge Houston fan. This is one movie track album I enjoy listening to again and again.
So yes, The Preacher's Wife is in my holiday-watching queue, at the top of the list, and I'm looking forward to sitting down with my main squeeze and laughing, and crying, and singing, and jumping up and dancing to it (blinds closed, of course), one more time.
Like the vocals? Get the soundtrack.
If you like the movie, or if you are a Houston fan, you absolutely must get the album.
Houston's voice is perfection on this soundtrack, sending shivers through my body at times, at others, forcing me out of my chair to dance.
Here's a taste--The official trailer
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© 2013 Kathryn Grace