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The Preacher's Wife, a Christmas movie review

Updated on December 29, 2014
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Feel-good movie, historical fantasy novel, or an eclectic library of music, Kathryn goes for entertainment that inspires and invigorates

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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.

The Preacher's Wife: Original Soundtrack Album
The Preacher's Wife: Original Soundtrack 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

Won't you sign my guest book? Maybe share what you think of this movie, or tell us all about your all-time favorite holiday film. What touches you this time of year?

© 2013 Kathryn Grace

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      Kathryn Grace 2 years ago from San Francisco

      Catherine, thank you for stopping by this page and for letting me know about the scenes video having been blocked. When last I viewed, the video was alive and well, but I've removed it. If Disney doesn't want us to share that clip, we'll just have to get the flick!

      Thankfully, it doesn't cost too much to stream the movie, nothing at all if one is an Amazon Prime customer, so we can still feel inspired by all all those fiery, romantic songs.

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      Catherine Giordano 2 years ago from Orlando Florida

      A very nice review. I saw this movie long ago and clicked to watch the video of the music scenes to refresh my memory. The video is blocked due to copyright infringement.

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      Kathryn Grace 4 years ago from San Francisco

      @anonymous: I am touched that you shared memories of your mom, and especially of her sitting with the tree lights after everyone else had gone to bed.

      Many thanks for stopping by.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I love this movie. And to hear Whitney sing "Yes, Jesus Loves Me" is just magical. It's a remake of the original "The Bishop's Wife" starring Loretta Young, Cary Grant and David Niven and I've got that one, too.

      My all time favorite holiday movie is "Miracle on 34th Street", the original with Maureen O'Hara.

      What touches me most this time of the year is remembering my mom. This was her favorite holiday season. She passed away 20 years ago, but it's as if she's still right here. I can remember how she would sit and watch the lights twinkle on the Christmas tree well into the wee hours of the night. And she could bake some of the most delicious desserts! Fond, fond memories.

      Thanks for sharing.

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      Kathryn Grace 4 years ago from San Francisco

      @aka-rms: It is! Thanks for stopping by and being my very first commenter.

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      Robin S 4 years ago from USA

      I somehow missed this one. Looks enjoyable.