Movie Review: Soul Surfer

Last Monday I had the lovely opportunity of going to the movies and watching Soul Surfer. Starring AnnaSophia Robb [Bridge to Terabithia], Soul Surfer is the true story of Bethany Hamilton, a surfer girl whose arm was bitten off by a shark.

And, like, wow.

I loved this movie. There's something about spending two and a half hours of your life in a cinema, coming out and realizing that it was actually worth it. That you didn't just watch some dumb movie with "funny" jokes that are really actually not funny and totally rude. Or some romance where they break up and then get back together again, kiss and breakup, kiss and make-up.

No, this movie goes under "inspirational" for a reason.

When Bethany lost her arm, she didn't blame anyone. She didn't scream and yell and hate God. And you know what else? She didn't give up. That was a pretty big thing for me. There's a verse said throughout the film -- a verse that also happens to be one of my favourite's. Maybe even my life verse.

"I can do anything through Christ who gives me strength." Philippians 4:13

It was a fun movie. There were a couple of points where I nearly started crying. There were some smiling moments.

I think that, though, most importantly... Soul Surfer reflected pieces of life as they actually are. Not some stereotype life where everything's perfect.

As Bethany says in the movie...

When life gets tough, I don't need to give up. When I don't understand why things are like they are... God has a plan.

Jeremiah 29:11, "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord. "Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you a hope and a future."


  1. Cool, I have read her book and her story is so amazing.

  2. Me and my best friend have been dying to see this!It looks so good!Sierra

  3. i loved that movie! :) it's funny because my mom and i went to the movie theater to see that movie too and we were the only ones at the theater. And i was like, Whoah! how often does that happen, ya know? anyways, i definitely have to agree that that movie was amazingly inspiring. And u wrote the review so beautifully and awesomely that no critic could have said it better!

    KUTAW! :)(Don't you miss the old days?)

    P.S. i just posted recently on my blog if you'd like to check it out!

  4. I loveeeeeed that movie! It's my favorite movie ever :) I'm glad you liked it too! :)
    ~Rachel (or Rayray)

  5. That's so awesome, Chelsea! Haha it was like, full when we went:P

    Rachel -- Awesomeeeee! I know, it was the BEST!

    Well, you definitely have to see it sometime, Sierra!

    Princess -- I haven't even read the book. I've always (Haha, well not always:P) wanted to read it. Guess I'll have to get my hands on a copy, because you're right -- it really IS an amazing story.


  6. I loved that movie! And I actually went to see it in a theater, which I do pretty much never. :) I don't know what it was, but I was seriously crying for like half the movie... another thing I never do. :D


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