For Greater Glory

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For Greater Glory
Directed by Dean Wright
Arc Entertainment
Opens June 1

Boasting such attributes as a rich, unmined vein of history for its subject matter, the Biblical landscape of northern Mexico for its backdrop, and faith tempered in the fire of battle at its heart, For Greater Glory has all the ingredients of a meaty historical epic laid out for it. Unfortunately, first-time director Dean Wright's Anglophone Mexican superproduction—a revanchist, Catholic answer to the leftist "Zapata westerns"—makes a hash of everything: It is plodding, lazily filmed, gassy with James Horner's score, and pads its runtime only by way of tolling repetition. For Greater Glory takes place during the Cristero War of 1926 to 1929, in which devout Mexicans took up arms against the anti-clerical government of President Calles (Rubén Blades), who actively prosecuted the historically counterrevolutionary Catholic Church. The sloppily fit-together tiles of screenwriter Michael James Love's historical mosaic depict agnostic General Velarde (Andy Garcia) reluctantly drilling rebellious rancheros and warrior-priests into the guerrilla army of the "Cristeros," the backroom negotiations of U.S. ambassador Dwight Morrow (Bruce Greenwood), and the martyrdom of crusading children and clergymen—including an exhumed Peter O'Toole, expiating sins while unhappily evoking Lawrence of Arabia. This bloated mess's crass piety invites a response from Whit Stillman's Damsels in Distress: "Vulgarity is, in essence, blasphemous."

 
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Connie
Connie

This was one of the best movies I have ever seen! You obviously didn't stay for the movie...His name was General Gorrostieta, NOt General Velarde. I will be praying for your conversion, you need it.

Norah Volpe
Norah Volpe

The Village Voice has an agenda that can't accept entertainment outside their own circle of belief. If For Greater Glory had been about sarving artist or lesbians fihting for freedom I am certain that Mr. Pinkerton could have given a more generous rating an review. WATCH THE MOVIE AND DECIDE FOR YOURSELF!

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Attorneykurz
Attorneykurz

What movie did you see? You cerainily did not describe Greater Glory! Fantastic Movie!!...very moving...and a harbinger of today's politics...that is why this reviewer panned the movie, he's an atheist.. The movie lasts 2 1/2 hours but it seemed like one hour..very good. Could have developed the oppression more.

Alassocc
Alassocc

This reviewer sounds like an atheist bastard!

Storminky
Storminky

Pinkerton, you prove by this UNJUST review, that you know NOTHING about what a great movie is. for Greater Glory was the best film I have seen. If you can't appreciate fine films you should NOT be reviewing them .... you are inept at what you do!

Guadalupe Gutierrrez
Guadalupe Gutierrrez

The Cristero War (1926-29) also known as the La Cristiada, was an uprising and counter-revolution against the Mexican government. The rebellion was set off by the persecution of Catholics and a ban on their public religious practices. More specifically, the strict enforcement of the anti-clerical provisions by atheist and former President of Mexico Plutarco Elias Calles through the Mexican Constitution of 1917 along with the further expansion of anti-clerical laws exacerbated the conflicts The rebellion is particularly known for the women and children who assisted the rebels in smuggling guns and ammunition in secret and certain priests who were tortured and murdered in public, as later canonized by Pope John Paul II.After a period of peaceful resistance by select citizens, a number of skirmishes took place in 1926 while the violent rebellions began on 2 January 1927,[6] with the rebels who called themselves Cristeros, invoking the name of Jesus Christ under the title of "Cristo Rey" or Christ the King. The rebellion eventually ended by diplomatic means brokered by the United States Ambassador to Mexico, Dwight Whitney Morrow, with the financial relief and assistance by the Knights of Columbus.The rebellions attracted the attention of Pope Pius XI, who issued a series of papal encyclicals between 1925 and 1937. On 11 December 1925 the pontiff issued Quas Primas, instituting the Feast of Christ the King. On November 18, 1926, he issued Iniquis Afflictisque (On the Persecution of the Church in Mexico) denouncing the violent anti-clerical persecution in Mexico. Despite the government's promise to the Church, it continued the persecution of the Church and the people. In response, Pope Pius issued Acerba Animi on September, 29, 1932[7] [8]. As the persecution continued he issued Firmissimam Constantiam and expressed his opposition to the "impious and corruptive school" while granting papal support for Catholic Action in Mexico for the third consecutive time with the use of plenary indulgence on 28 March 193 Cristiada (also titled For Greater Glory) is a 2012 drama film and historic epic directed by Dean Wright and written by Michael Love, based on the true story of the Cristero War (1926-29), a rebellion which arose out of the Mexican government's persecution of Catholics in the 1920s.Although filmed in Mexico, it is in English.The film is the directorial debut for Wright, veteran visual effects supervisor on films including The Two Towers (2002) and The Return of the King (2003). Cristiada, 2011 Directed By: Dean Wright Starring: Eva Longoria Parker, Andy Garcia, Oscar Isaac, Nestor Carbonell, Catalina Sandino Moreno and Peter O’Toole Plot Synopsis: A chronicle of the Cristeros War (1926-1929),which was touched off by a rebellion against the Mexican government’s attempt to secularize the country. Filming Locations: Durango, Mexico

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Jay
Jay

Mr Pinkerton's review notwithstanding,My wife and I found For Greater Glory to be an inspiring and powerful film. Nothing in the direction or cinematograpy seemed lazy to me...words like 'sweeping' and 'poignant' come to mind instead. James Horner's score is moving, though I will admit perhaps too omnipresent. Andy Garcia is magnificent. This is history that needs to be told so that hopefully it is not repeated. Film is very strong to the very end...as the credits roll, Horner's beautiful music continues and we behold a striking montage of period photos of combatants.

Commonsensewisdom
Commonsensewisdom

Pinkerton, if you don't like movies with religious themes, don't go see them. Libeling a movie just because you are personally mad at God is unprofessional.

csalamone
csalamone

This is a war movie--and a very good one. It is not believable and inconceivable that Mr. Pinkerton found nothing to like here. Easy on Peter O'Toole. He is an old man, and gave one of many great performances in this movie.

PapaUmMaoMao
PapaUmMaoMao

Methinks this Nick Pinkerton guy doesn't like the Catholic church... My wife and I plan to head out the door in a little over an hour to go see this movie. Word of mouth from a handful of friends who caught it during last night's premier... they liked it!

Just got back from seeing the flick, and we both liked it a lot. Must say that it does start out a bit slow, and the dialog seems to be a bit prodding at first, but everything picks up as the story progresses. It's a good movie about a subject not many Americans know much, if anything, about...

Wcnky54
Wcnky54

Well.......We've found another thing that Nick Pinkerto(o!)n(seriously?) can't do! TWIT, Get a job! Go Join the occupiers and justify your muddled self righteous existence. Can't act, can't teach, can't edit, can't score, o-: can't write, can't review. What can you do? Can you even read? TWIT! Get a job loser. Justify your Pappy's sperm donation! Join the army and see the world! Dammit!!! But please don't write any more movie reviews! You suck! Have a nice day!

Jose Francisco Garcia
Jose Francisco Garcia

Here are a series of comments I posted on my Facebook page after viewing this War Epic......Linda and I just finished attending the showing of "For Greater Glory", a Mexican movie about a rebellion that saw Catholics go against the Federal government in Mexico between 1927 and 29.. A main character in this movie was General Gorostieta, played by Cuban Andy Garcia.....I will have a fuller review of this movie on a later posting.

The movie is pleasing to the eye but is a gut wrenching exercise for those not used to seeing fratricide, hangings and executions on the screen,which were a consuming part of this rebellion. the picture is rated "R". Having read extensively about the "Cristiada", and collecting documents from this era, this movie, which has played in Mexico as "Cristiada", to record breaking crowds over the past month, will surely create a ground-swell of reaction. Especially during a time when Mexico is going through a horrific period that could well lead to another civil war.For Greater Glory, is a War Movie! Pure and simple. It is Hollywood's attempt to tell a very complicated story of human tragedy, mortality, religiosity and social order, into a package worthy the $9.50 Linda and I paid to see it!!!!Peter O'Toole, has still got it! His depiction is based on a real ife execution of a priest in his priestly robes because he was caught by "Los Federales", saying Mass! This legendary actor's presence, at the beginning of the film grabbed your attention and totally solidified his position at the age of 80, as Giant on-screen presence and carried the film as it developed the character of José Luis Sanchez, a young actor who played a mischievous young boy turned Cristero.Andy Garcia, a Cuban American, played the 33 degree Mason, atheist, military leader of the Cristeros, General Jose Gorostieta. Now I must make note that his on-screen character was not much like the General in real life. He never did convert, or confess and in fact was faulted for constantly harassing his staff's piety and religious zeal. Yet, I found an immense value in the manner Andy played the General. He brought a sense of deep sentimentalism that in some ways balanced a movie that depicted horrible atrocities that were a very real part of the Cristero Rebellion.Linda and I found our breath being taken away not because of excitement or as a reaction to the epic value that this film had. It was in response to the depiction of the actions the Mexican Federal Government soldiers of Plutarco Elias Calles, played to a sinister degree by Panamanian singer turned actor Ruben Blades! Yes, their was a heavy dose of piety, greeting card sentimentality, yet there was a great inherent value gained by viewing this lushly photographed war movie of how devastating the mixture of religion and government is in a society, bringing unusual parallels with our modern contemporary age.

alex
alex

Looks like a good movie

MDT
MDT

You are delusional. This was one of the best films I've seen in years! Can't handle the Truth?

NYlawyer
NYlawyer

You say "the anti-clerical government of President Calles (Rubén Blades), who actively prosecuted the historically counterrevolutionary Catholic Church" -- didn't you mean "persecuted"?

 

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