Today the kids are home from school and we’re doing some housework so we can enjoy our weekend, we’ve got skiing, Stake Conference, and birthday dinners all on the schedule this weekend!
I’m excited today to share a little about the movie Just Let Go with you but first I want to share a little backstory.
Nate and I currently teach the youth in our church. We teach young men and women 16-18 years old. This is our 3rd year with this calling and we’re really enjoying it. Before that I was teaching the young women. I mostly worked with the 12 and 13 year old girls but had opportunities to teach all of them 12-18 years old. I have loved serving the youth and as things tend to go in those opportunities I have gained so much more in preparing lessons then they probably ever do hearing them.
Years ago while preparing a lesson I came across this Mormon Message, Forgiveness: My Burden Was Made Light, it has stuck with me and I have used it multiple times in lessons and have watched it on my own more than that. The message is so powerful, every time I watch it I pray I can be half as open to forgiveness as Chris Williams has been and I’ve not gone through anything like he has.
I am telling you all of this because the movie Just Let Go is Chris Williams’ story. I had seen quite a few previews for the movie and didn’t put it together, I was just anticipating seeing the movie because I really like Henry Ian Cusick. When I put the two stories together I could not wait to see the movie.
Just Let Go – Movie
It’s message of forgiveness is an important reminder because as we let go of our past, it allows us to move forward in life. Henry Ian Cusick stars as Chris Williams in the true story “Just Let Go”. After surviving a drunk driving accident that killed his pregnant wife and two kids, Chris Williams struggles to ‘just let go’ and forgive the young man who caused it.
What I absolutely loved about the movie was the way it showed not just Chris’ story but everything that was going on around him as well. Chris is obviously struggling with his *new normal* and the thoughts and feelings of those around him are not necessarily helping him do what he feels he needs to do. When you watch the movie you’ll understand what I mean when I say I LOVE the cashier at the convenience store, an unbiased observer who isn’t afraid to share his thoughts even though they may be unpopular.
The movie has a pg-13 rating which I’m not sure I agree with, I am not 100% sure how ratings work but I personally think a pg rating would have been sufficient. Because of the subject of the movie I don’t see very young children sitting through it but my almost 10 year old wants to watch it and I have no problem letting him see it. My teenagers already sat and watched it and they all really liked it. They have all seen the Mormon Message more than once and were anticipating as much as I was seeing the movie based on the story.
If you want a reminder of the power of forgiveness, not just for the person being forgiven but for the person forgiving I can’t recommend both the Mormon message and the movie Just Let Go enough. We all have trials, we all have struggles. Not many of us will go through something as devastating, as tragic, as Chris Williams has but we can all use the reminder that our job here on Earth is to forgive and we will be blessed with more peace than we can imagine if we work to forgive others.
Just Let Go movie is now available for purchase at amazon, deseret book, and other retailers.
Have a wonderful weekend and let me know what you think of the movie!!!