Review: The Pilgrim's Progress (Movie)


Last night our church hosted a screening for this movie The Pilgrim's Progress. The film is based on the book The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan (1628-1688). My kids 14, 12, 10, 8, 5 loved it. What I appreciated most about the movie was the portrayal of the difficulties of life. It allegorizes well how hard it is to live and pursue God. I think you will enjoy this movie. They spent five years in production and hope for a great turn out on April 18th and 19th at the release date. 

John Bunyan was a Puritan preacher who wrote this book while in prison for twelve years but was published six years after his release in 1678. The Pilgrim's Progress is an allegory that depicts the life of a man named Christian as he leaves the City of Destruction and heads towards the Celestial City. 

If you have never read the book, please do. I would recommend reading a more modernized version like this one: 
Pilgrim’s Progress: Updated, or a children's version like these two: Little Pilgrim's Progress: From John Bunyan's Classic, Dangerous Journey: The Story of Pilgrim's Progress.


"The Pilgrim's Progress is the ultimate English classic, a book that has been continuously in print, from its first publication to the present day, in an extraordinary number of editions. There's no book in English, apart from the Bible, to equal Bunyan's masterpiece for the range of its readership, or its influence on writers as diverse as William Thackeray, Charlotte Bronte, Mark Twain, CS Lewis, John Steinbeck and even Enid Blyton." The Guardian

"This stunningly executed allegory has furnished the Christian imagination with names and situations that have now infiltrated most of our literature. Not often does something so popular manage also to be accurate."--Eugene Peterson, Take and Read

"Next to the Bible, the book that I value most is John Bunyan's "Pilgrim's Progress" ... it is ... the Bible in another shape."-- C. H. Spurgeon (Famous 19th century preacher)

"This wonderful work is one of the very few books which may be read over repeatedly at different times, and each time with a new and a different pleasure"-- Samuel Taylor Coleridge


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