My goal in posting movie reviews is to cover some movies that are a little less well known or maybe somewhat forgotten. Which is definitely the case with the Christmas movie The Bishop’s Wife. But yet, growing up, it was a holiday classic in our home!
It was made in 1947 and starred Cary Grant, Loretta Young and David Niven; three of the biggest names of their era!
I would say the storyline would be most entertaining to those 12ish and above, but it is definitely clean enough for the entire family. And the morals to be learned from it would benefit anyone!
To avoid giving away to much, I’ll just get the story started. The Bishop named Henry (David Niven) is trying to raise the money to build a cathedral, but hits a brick wall at every turn. His wife (Loretta Young) is very sweet, but slightly frustrated that her husband seems to have forgotten the heart of Christmas (and of their marriage) in search of the money for the fund.
In a desperate prayer, the Bishop asks for guidance and an angel (Cary Grant) is sent as an answer. But of course God’s answers don’t always come in the form we are expecting.
Through the next few days, leading up to Christmas, the angel shows Henry what truly matters…more then money, expectations or even a beautiful cathedral.
Bishop’s Wife is truly a heartwarming story…just what Christmas movies should be!
Pros and Cons
Outside of a good storyline, movies that I review usually have something more. For if a movie is not only entertaining, but also has a message to share, it will make for a truly great family movie night!
The Bishop’s Wife has a very appropriate name because the heart of the movie ends up being theBishop’s wife’s desire to bring fun and love back into their marriage. This movie backs marriage in the traditional sense and supports that it isn’t enough to be faithful; a marriage must have spice and fun, or it will shrivel up and die.
As was so common back in the Golden Age of Hollywood, Christ and the true meaning of Christmas were represented beautifully! We are reminded throughout the movie that no matter what society tells us, the little baby born in the manger is why we are here.
As for cons…I honestly can not think of any.
So, yes: it is the perfect movie to add to your family’s December movie list!
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