A stranger comes to a town and starts helping people rebuild a church. He helps them any way he can and in ways that they need most. He even heals a blind woman so she may see. Although he attracts many people as friends, a lone Catholic Priest fights to have the Catholic Church denounce this man and all he has done. Who is this man really, and how can he do these miraculous things?
I read Joshua, the first book of the multi-million-selling novel series, just prior to seeing this film. This movie is somewhat difficult to review, since I don’t want to spoil the story line before you have the chance to enjoy this enchanting film under the direction of Jon Purdy. The all-star cast of Tony Goldman, F. Murray Abraham, Kurt Fuller, Stacy Edwards and Giancarlo Giannini do an outstanding job interpreting the characters penned by priest-turned-novelist, Fr. Joseph F. Girzone.
The movie version of “Joshua” is spiritual but not preachy, provocative without being gross, entertaining without taking the low road that so many filmmakers feel compelled to travel. The story is enhanced by a moving soundtrack scored by Michael W. Smith, with songs by noted artists Rachael Lampa, Nicole C. Mullen, Point of Grace, Mark Schultz, Third Day and Jaci Velasquez. Epiphany Films was not satisfied making a charming film. They took advantage of a wonderful opportunity to translate the movie’s message into a valuable teaching tool. All in all, Joshua is a highly entertaining movie with a powerful spiritual message of hope and peace. Audiences of all ages will enjoy this film. Mark my word; you’ll love Joshua, the man and the movie.