Luther: Movie Review

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Luther, as the film stands, is a very interesting movie about the pivotal historical figure, Martin Luther, himself. As far as the movie stands from a historical perspective about Luther’s impact in the grand scheme of the Protestant reformation, the film does a relatively good job at portraying the impact Luther had to his followers and the disaster he both directly and indirectly caused at Wittenburg, his trial at Worms, his trip to Rome, and his excommunication from the authoritative Church. Aside from the historical content of the film, the acting was somewhat dull from all but two performers, Joseph Fiennes as Martin Luther, the pragmatic and complex, heavily tormented Christian monk who dared to challenge the word of the Roman Church about his own thoughts on the indulgences of Christ, and Bruno Ganz as Johann von Staupitz, Martin Luther’s older mentor who acknowledged and motivated Luther to practice theological studies and question himself. Another point to note about to commend the film on is their choice of setting, which is ironically shot mostly in the Czech Republic. As a historical film to Luther’s actions, it holds up fairly decently, yet misses the opportunity to provide the full context on Martin Luther’s past, but as a dramatic character study, the character of Martin Luther seems more interesting than that of your everyday hero, serving as a some kind of archaic vigilante to those who view him as such, or as a justified hero for challenging the word of authority to others.

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