Friday, December 16, 2022

Moonrise by Vickie Bronaugh - Movie Review


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Release Date
December 15th

Country singer Will Brown (Granger Smith) pushed away his family, fame and faith after his wife’s death. It’s his daughter and a talented horse trainer who show him strength, forgiveness and grace to live life again.

Movie Trailer

Cast List

Vickie Bronaugh, Director

Sean McNamara, Producer (REAGAN, SOUL SURFER)

David Brookwell, Producer (SOUL SURFER, Evan Stevens)

Granger Smith, Will Brown (country music singer)

Piper Clurman, Ellie Brown

Kace Winfield, Noah Brown

Jaxon Noble Pickens, Nile Brown

Sonya Balmores, Sam (SOUL SURFER)


Rose Bianco, Sadie (Cobra Kai, THE TOMORROW WAR, WandaVision)

Wally Welch, Eric (Yellowstone, THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN, Comanche Moon)

Fun Facts “Moonrise” is a poignant film about family, faith and healing.  
“Moonrise” has an essential message that our culture needs right now: We can heal and grow from loss and trauma by relying on our faith and family. 
“Moonrise” is an inspirational reminder to use our talents for God’s purpose. 
“Moonrise” helps reminds viewers that our stories are never done. Even when we think our story is set in stone, with faith and perseverance we can keep growing forward. 
“Moonrise” is an emotional journey through grief and healing from a family perspective.

My Review
Many thanks to Pure Flix for providing a sample of the product for this review. Opinions are 100% my own.
Moonrise is a heartfelt, family-friendly film about a man who rediscovers just how wonderful and magical life can be, even after going through grief. It's a movie about healing and finding the strength to keep going, even when you feel like giving up. The movie follows Will Brown, a country singer who has given up on everything: his life, his family, his career. It's been two years since his wife has passed, and Will just cannot seem to find anything to be happy about anymore. He's struggling, and he's ready to give up. He's going to sell his home, his ranch, and even his wife's horse, much to the chagrin of his teenage daughter. But when she invites a horse trainer into their lives to try and convince her father to give the horse another chance, Will realizes that maybe life is still worth living after all. This is a beautiful, poignant, feel-good movie that's perfect for the holiday season. Set during Christmastime, Moonrise will reinforce the message of "miracles can happen" if only you give yourself over to God. Believe in yourself. Find your faith. Put your trust in a higher power. And realize that even when times are tough, and it seems like nothing will ever be okay again, there is always a way to heal. To persevere, and to keep moving forward. I really liked this movie. It made me feel a variety of emotions, including anger a couple of times (well, more like frustration), sadness, and that warm, fuzzy feeling you get when you're just so happy you feel like you're wrapped in a blanket, content as can be. It's an inspiring film, and it reminds us all to have a little faith, even in the darkest of times. If you're looking for a feel-good family-friendly film to watch on Christmas, consider Moonrise. It's well worth the watch.

Themes Christmas time Grief Fatherhood The importance of family and legacy Trust Confidence Healing from past trauma Fellowship/Community: Not meant to journey through grief alone Pushing away God when you need to draw nearer to Him Using God’s gifts to glorify Him Nautilus - a sea creature that is strong, resilient and ever-growing; never able to grow backward and only able to grow forward Our stories aren’t done yet (song “Forever Forward”)

Characters & Background Set on a ranch, father Will is struggling to raise his three children (Ellie, Noah and Nile) after his wife, Claire, passed away two years before. Ellie is strong-willed, like her mother, and is determined to ride equally strong-willed horse, Belle, that belonged to her mother. As Christmas approaches, the family wants to celebrate but Will isn’t ready to celebrate without Claire. Will was a country music singer who quit after his wife died, but his sons are both musically inclined but have to play in secret. Ellie cuts down a tree and decorates the barn so she can celebrate Christmas, even if her father won’t. Will wants to subdivide the ranch into 100-acre plots so he doesn’t have to go back to writing music. Will sells Belle despite protests from Ellie but changes his mind. This brings a new horse trainer, Sam, to the ranch who helps Will rediscover the joy in life. Sam agrees to train Belle but only if Will joins the sessions with Ellie.

Bible Verses

  • There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace. – Ecclesiastes 3:1-13 (NIV)

  • But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. – 1 John 7:7 (NIV)

  • Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. – Galatians 6:2 (NIV)

  • I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong— 12 that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith. – Romans 1:11-12 (NIV)

  • My days are like the evening shadow; I wither away like grass. – Psalm 102:11 (NIV)

  • But I will restore you to health and heal your wounds, declares the Lord, – Jeremiah 30: 17 (NIV)

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