I really enjoyed this movie! I really liked that they followed the original idea pretty closely, with some original songs, but had some really beautiful new songs, and some unexpected humour. I went back and watched the original before posting this review. I did like the pre-existence in the original, because it was more simple and of course we would want to go to earth to learn more! This view of the pre-existence at the beginning appeared like an old school building. But the way they depicted coming to earth was better. I liked that the cast was new! It's more believable when you don't have the same actors that tend to be in most LDS movies. This movie also included some cameo appearances by some famous LDS singers/musicians, which was very subtle and didn't take away from the story. We watched this movie with all ages, LDS & non-LDS, and all seemed to enjoy it. Beautiful movie, definitely worth watching even if you haven't seen the original. I would recommend adding this one to your collection!The Power of This Musical
I look forward to seeing Saturday's Warrior in ANY version! The message of this film is needed now more than ever and the songs still touch hearts. The power of this musical:
In 1976, I graduated High School as a recent, "golden" convert to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. My loving family of five fractured several ways, since I was a toddler and I'd grown up clueless as to what a "forever family" was. I remember the excitement and Spirit of the audience in L.A. The original cast of Saturday's Warrior performed LIVE! When I saw the complete family I'd been longing for, I cried. I also made earning a 4 yr. college degree and a Temple marriage my goal.
In 1980, I married in the L.A. Temple and graduated a year later. With the birth of our first child, I finally met my own loving, but absent parent. At Institute, I was inspired to do Family History &Temple work, and was blessed to obtain 7 generations, before computers and before my California Pioneer Grandparents passed on! We were also blessed with 3 more children. They excelled through all of the programs of the church. The boys served missions, all four put themselves through college and chose to be married in the Temple. (One marriage took place in The Newport Beach Temple; newly built in the same Ward, I'd been a member of when I was baptized, over 30 years prior!)
I even got to play the role of "Mom" in a Stake version of "Saturday's Warrior"! Sometimes, our children act like Jimmy, " I only wish they'd have a little more fun in life." And don't seem to appreciate what Pam said, "This family is their life!" Hopefully, as they have families of their own, (We are now blessed with 8 Grandchildren, under 8!) they'll understand, that each of us are different, but all are needed. We are an eternal family that is growing and changing, but thanks to the gospel, when facing adversities, "pulling together we can work it out!"
As for the "mundane choreography in the opening scene", mentioned in a previous comment, it IS reminiscent of the (Vietnam War) era: Large groups of people standing in circles, holding hands, just feeling the peace and love. I experienced it myself on a High School Choir Retreat. With music, the universal language, the walls between people and cliques just melted away. It was one of the highlights of our lives. The year? 1974!
We watched the film without hearing much about it and totally loved it! It stayed true to the original but made the story feel fresh. It felt like we were transported back to the 1970's to watch a big Mormon music family play out this classic story. The music was well done and the acting very professional. There is even a cameo appearance by the Piano Guys whom we love! There are some great talking points for families about personal choices and responsibilities, and supporting each other through thick and thin. If you want a fun family film, for Senior Primary kids and up, then I highly recommend this enjoyable, entertaining, and fun musical.
I loved the movie even more than the original. It made some positive changes but kept the old inspired songs. The preexistence scene could have been better but that was insignificant. This movie can literally change lives with a deeper knowledge of our responsibilities here on earth and the sacrifices we can make to bless others.