Of course, not everyone is happy with the movie. While the CT reviewer liked it quite a bit, Charlotte Allen thought it underplayed Wilberforces faith. The WaPo reviewer found it boring; the NYT reviewer, sort of liked it, despite himself, though he couldnt help insisting upon the politically incorrect complications of Wilberforces career (his big sin was opposing trade unionism). The LAT review is surprisingly good, concluding in this way:
Despite all its good work, "Amazing Grace" has those risk factors, including how unfashionable academically the notion of great men influencing events currently is. But while historians such as Adam Hochschild feel that too much emphasis on Wilberforce obscures the importance of other anti-slavery forces and individuals, Hugh Thomas, author of "The Slave Trade," insists that Wilberforces achievement is "one more reminder that individuals can make history." It is this point of view that "Amazing Grace" embraces and makes its own.
Perhaps the reviewer had read
this column, by the EPPCs Michael Cromartie, who reminds us that Mme de Stael had this to say about Wilberforce: "I have always heard that he was the most religious, but I now find that he is the wittiest man in England." Unfortunately, I dont think you can say that about Sam Brownback.