As Americans, we move day-to-day without giving much thought to what really holds our country together. For many people, the Constitution is the latest buzzword when college campuses are in an uproar or some pundit believes his or her rights have been violated. How often to we look back to what the Founding Fathers gifted to us all?
This is the exact premise for a new, family movie, ‘In Search of Liberty’. We meet a normal, American family. A chance encounter with a certain historical figure named Ben leads the family to see the Constitution as never before. This modernized Ben delivers witty humor, magical visions of the past, and a love for his country. Most importantly, the family gains an understanding of the amendments, what is and isn’t included in the Constitution, and why it’s still wholly relevant today.
Perhaps a good number of people ‘my age’ may remember those projector films we watched in school. A monotone narrator would tell us why history was important. This is the direct opposite of those movies! In fact, one of the first things we noticed was the cinematography. Seemless transitions and professional acting made it enjoyable as well as believable. The small town setting is perfect and could be any community in our country.
Each of the actors chosen are excellent. They definitely gave you the feeling that they believed in what they were doing and were passionate about their portrayals. This most certainly wasn’t a ‘get-it-done’ and marketed film. It has substance and utilized modern film techniques to make the learning fun.
I watched the movie in its entirety along with my husband and 14-year-old son. We each got a little something out of it, but all agreed that the scenes in the ‘FunHouse’ were our favorites. (You’ll have to watch for yourself! No spoilers!) Both my husband and I were pleased that the film was very pro-Constitution without being preachy or pushy. As a family who is also very pro-Constitution were appreciated that it had no subliminal overtones. Everything is present in a more matter-of-fact delivery.
Due to its family friendly nature ( we only spotted two questionable word choices), I’d say it’s a film for late-elementary/early junior high students- say 4th-6th grades. Homeschoolers could add it to Government lessons while still remaining confident that students are learning. Seeing, physically where the Founding Fathers got the idea to write it as well as real-life, scenarios where the Constitution is used, will help students make the connections as to the document’s relevance. This is especially important seeing that many of today’s curriculum’s are ‘glossing’ over its importance.
If viewers are simply history buffs, then they’ll love Ben and his humor. Regardless, I would recommend adding it to your viewing library. It’s an investment that can be used as reference or to have a family movie afternoon as we did.
‘In Search of Liberty’ was released on 8/29/17.
*Pic belongs solely to the film’s makers & authorized persons. We received a copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine.